The right regional plants shine when combinations feature contrasting leaf textures. These plantings feature yellow twig dogwood shrubs in the center, surrounded by thin-leaved plants, including daylily, variegated sedge and lavender. Blue junipers interject a pretty evergreen hue.
Two stacked stone pillars supports a brown wood beam arbor in this verdant hidden entryway. The silver sheen pittosporum hedge softly hides the strong edges of the brown wood fence intended to separate the space, helping to complete a cohesive design.
Not all heirloom plants are antiques – yet. Many modern hybrid plants, including cannas, ferns, and this Stella d’Oro daylily, can quickly become heirlooms within just one or two generations of gardeners who see their value and who know how to divide them to get more to spread around.
Build a rain garden to collect rain water runoff from any building on your property, including a chicken coop. This garden demonstrates classic rain garden design with a berm surrounding the basin that catches and holds rain water runoff. Plantings include moisture-loving sedge and rush in the wettest parts of the garden, and perennials like daylily and ornamental grass on the drier edges.
Many perennials such as Canna, daylily, Iris, and daffodils are easy to dig and divide into more plants. Though some can be divided any time, it is best to most alone when in flower or under summer heat stress; my rule of thumb is to divide plants in the season opposite of when they flower. Replant immediately or put in pots with a little soil and keep out of harsh sun and freezing temperatures.