Choosing Plants for Year-Round Color

Certain plants will inject color into the garden all year. They provide structure and a sense of permanence as everything else changes.
From: DK Books - Learn to Garden
Border Flowers

Border Flowers

Photo by: DK - Learn to Garden © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Learn to Garden , 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Mixed borders make quite a colorful splash when flowers are layered based on when they come to flower and how large they will grow when mature.


  • Artemisia stelleriana ‘Boughton Silver’ 
  • Euonymus fortunei ‘Silver Queen’ 
  • Hebe pinguifolia ‘Pagei’ 
  • Betula utilis ‘Silver Shadow’ 


  • Ophiopogon planiscapus ‘Nigrescens’ 
  • Salvia officinalis ‘Purpurascens’ 
  • Ajuga reptans ‘Atropurpurea’ 
  • Phormium tenax Purpureum Group 


  • Festuca glauca ‘Elijah Blue’ 
  • Leymus arenarius 
  • Juniperus squamata ‘Blue Star’ 
  • Ruta graveolens ‘Jackman’s Blue’ 


  • Fatsia japonica 
  • Hedera hibernica 
  • Pittosporum tobira 
  • Stipa gigantea 


  • Choisya ternata Sundance 
  • Ilex aquifolium ‘Golden Milkboy’ 
  • Carex oshimensis ‘Evergold’ 
  • Hebe ochracea ‘James Stirling’

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