Why think of shade gardens as dull? Combinations of plants with foliage of varying colors, sizes, textures and forms create beautiful gardens that look amazing throughout the season. Heucheras (Coral Bells) are hardy perennials which have leaves of burgundy, green or red. They also produce small, light flowers that rise above the leaves. In shade gardens they work well with hostas, astilbes, hydrangeas and ferns. In the photo the Heuchera is the dark purple plant in the lower right corner. Other plants included are the Oakleaf Hydrangea with the white bloom, a variegated hosta and Polygonatum (Solomon’s Seal), in the center.
As summer ends the garden can begin to look tattered and dull. Add a pop of color with a piece of sculpture, glass, fountain, or found item that reflects your personality. Here a blue gazing ball works well with gold Rudbeckia in a bed of Golden Euonymus. This is also the time to order spring bulbs such as daffodils or tulips.
This is the time to start thinking about landscape design for next year. Fall is the perfect time to hire a landscape designer so the garden can be planned over the winter and ready to install in the spring. Plan ahead- call 603-315-9851 to make an appointment with Sally Turner today.
Fountains can add color, texture and the relaxing sound of water in a garden, or in this case, the corner of a deck. Adding pots of complimentary colors and plants such as grasses, annuals and perennials helps to create a focal point. The sound of the fountain can be heard from the adjacent porch area. Containers can be switched with the season to keep the look fresh and vibrant.
As a professional landscape designer I have been providing comprehensive landscape architectural plans for clients for over 30 years. New software allows overlays of design concepts on photos of existing landscapes. The result is a realistic picture of the new landscape design. Clients can visualize the design with ease, and have a better understanding of the overall concept. The image can be altered as it is discussed, allowing quick turnaround time from concept to final master plan.
Combining different textures and leaf patterns creates interest without flower color. The combination of a large leaf Blue Hosta (Elegans) with a variegated hosta (Francee) and Anemone canadensis (Canada Anemone) brightens up a dark corner. The lilac flowers of the hosta and the white flowers of the Anemone will add color in the spring and summer.