The landscape designer for this home strived to plan garden beds that would be attractive year-round. Even in winter, plants such as Limelight Hydrangeas and multi-blooming sasanqua camellias that bloom from November to February, keep the landscape beautiful.
In constructing the gardens of this home, landscape designers employed strategies to make the look appealing in any season. One example: Limelight Hydrangeas were placed in pockets so that when they die back, there's not a noticeable empty spot.
Stone bricks in different colors, including a red brick trim, make even the functional driveway attractive. A slim garden bed includes blooming shrubs in different heights as a privacy shield between the house next door.
Fountain grass comes in a variety of sizes, as well as leaf and seedhead colors. It gets its name from the fact that the flowers and seedheads erupt from the arching mound of leaves like water from a fountain. This duet of fountain grass features (left) Prairie Winds ‘Desert Plains’ fountain grass (Pennisetum alopecuroides) and (right) purple fountain grass (Pennisetum setaceum ‘Rubrum’). ‘Desert Plains’ is hardy in Zones 5-9 and grows roughly 4 feet tall and wide. The bottlebrush flowers start dusky purple and fade to tan. Purple fountain grass is an annual in most regions (Hardy in Zones 9-11), growing up to 3 feet tall and wide. Cut it down after frost once leaves turn brown.