A well-appointed garden needs not only flowers but also decorative foliage that is concurrently available to combine with the garden flowers in a vase.
Stems with multiple flower heads or flat flower umbels always need the boiling water treatment .
If you are designing a new garden, think about the following words: form, foliage, flowers, fruit, fragrance and focal points.
In my zone 5 garden, Corydalis has self-sown in a rock wall and down cracks in the side of a set of cement stairs...
Never plant it where it borders a lawn; it will escape into the grass and be impossible to get rid of!
This hard-to-find arum really adds an exotic touch to my garden!
Coral bells have gorgeous foliage that present endless possibilities.
Silver-leaved plants like Artemisia and sage are heat and drought tolerant as well as being unappetizing to deer and rabbits.
At certain times of the year we just don’t have quite enough flowers. This is when "filler" is really important.
Our native sumacs have vibrant, colorful foliage in autumn, and yet they are often overlooked as shrubs for residential gardens.