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.
In December, there are varied types of evergreen foliage that can be used to contrast form, color and texture in vases and centerpieces.
Unless the foliage of other perennials grows up to mask the bulb foliage as it decays, the garden looks a mess.
Although their early spring blooms are especially treasured, hellebores are stalwarts in the garden during all seasons.
Learn how the foliage of perennials contribute to the overall design of your garden.
Learn about the Fall-Blooming Aconite on this Focus on Flowers.
Now is the time to think about possible additions to the shrubs in your personal landscape.
Liriope muscari has grassy foliage and spikes of blue or white flowers in the heat of late summer. It is especially accommodating as an edging or groundcover and there are some varieties with handsome variegated leaves (eg ‘Silvery Sunproof” ).