Hello from Sue Webel in North Canton, Conneticut (Zone 6a).

Not too long ago you requested for us to share a few of our favourite foliage crops. Creating fascinating foliage vignettes has at all times been my main purpose when making my gardens. Listed here are a couple of of my many favorites.

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Aralia cordata ‘Solar King’ (Zone 4 – 8 is certainly one of my favourite giant perennials for foliage. Usually advised for shade, I discover it grows finest in a good quantity of solar so long as the soil isn’t too dry. On this space of my backyard, I really like the foliage and textural distinction with one other favourite foliage star, Ligularia ‘Britt Marie Crawford’ (Zone 4 – 8), Aralia elata ‘Silver Umbrella’ (Zone 4 – 9) and Kalimeris integrifolia (Zone 5 – 9).

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Aralia ‘Solar King’ rising fortunately partially shade with Acer palmatum ‘Twombly’s Purple Sentinel’ (Zone 5 – 9), Gillenia trifoliata (Zone 4 – 8), and a Hosta (Zone 3 – 9).

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As a result of I develop it throughout my backyard, I’ve many photos of Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’ (Zone 5 – 9). Like Aralia ‘Solar King’, I discover it grows properly in quite a lot of soil qualities and solar exposures. Right here I like it with Echinacea ‘White Swan’ (Zone 3 – 8) and Cercis canadensis ‘Ruby Falls’ (Zone 6 – 8).

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Within the entrance backyard with a hellebore (Helleborus hyrid, Zone 4 – 9) and Geranium maculatum ‘Espresso’ (Zone 5 – 8).

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Astilbe ‘Darkish Aspect of the Moon’ (Zone 4 – 9) is comparatively new to the perennial scene however properly price rising. I take into account it top-of-the-line new perennial introductions in years. The virtually black foliage is elegant, doesn’t fade and holds up for many of the season. Darkish purple flowers are the icing on the cake.

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Chasmanthium latifolium ‘River Mist’ (Zone 3 – 8) could also be laborious to search out nevertheless it shouldn’t be. In contrast to its plain inexperienced cousin, it doesn’t reseed all around the backyard.

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I’ve been singing the praises of Phlox paniculate ‘Norah Leigh’ (Zone 4 – 8) for years. Like lots of my different foliage favorites, it grows in quite a lot of solar and soil circumstances, pairs properly with many different crops, and holds up properly all season.

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Caryopteris (Zone 6 – 8) will not be in your radar as a foliage plant, however they’re amongst my favorites. They like sunny spots with good drainage and tolerate comparatively poor soil.

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Some caryopteris varieties haven’t been reliably hardy right here in zone 6a, however each ‘White Shock’ and ‘Summer time Sorbet’ have grown fortunately right here for years.

I share my backyard photographs on Instagram: @musabasjoosue


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