Southern Living Plants Featured:
|Crazy White™ Echinacea
Provides a mass of flowers to anchor the street corner. Low-maintenance and long blooming is ideal for out-of-the way spaces.
|Southgate® Grace™ Rhododendron
Evergreen foliage and early-season blooms provide year-long interest. The large size transitions between the understory tree canopy and lower shrub layer.
Chef’s Choice® Rosemary
|Little Gem Magnolia|
|'Dura-Heat' River BIrch|
|Pink Muhly Grass|
|Blue Velvet St. John's Wort|
|Terra Oakleaf Hydrangea|
As visitors approach our homes they first see the area of the landscape adjacent to the street. Here homeowners have an opportunity to greet passersby and provide a glimpse of the garden’s character. However, the approach to many landscapes is often visually or physically removed from the home and rests “outside” the main garden. This is certainly true for the Idea House, where roadways approach a corner of the landscape hidden from view of the home by dense trees. But that doesn’t stop the designer from making a statement.
Even in remote areas of the landscape, gardeners can create a powerful first impression with minimal effort by massing shrubs, grasses, and perennials with vibrant color or texture. In a shaded area “vibrant” may mean white, as is the case here, where a mass of Crazy White™ Echinacea brightens the understory. Year-long interest is also important. Incorporate evergreens, including those with colorful foliage, and blooms for every season.