Here are the plants they can’t live without this year…
Another plant that has won Rebecca’s heart is the Euphorbia ‘Blackbird’ shown above. ”I’m always on the lookout for plants that give my clients the biggest bang for the buck,” she explains. “This euphorbia tops my list. It has the darkest, most velvety maroon-colored leaves, and the flowers are a gorgeous complimentary chartreuse green.”
This euphorbia is beautiful in a mixed garden bed, as you can see above. But the plant is also a practical choice. “It’s deer-resistant, snail proof and drought tolerant,” adds Rebecca. “In our Zone 9 climate, this plant is an evergreen. All it needs is a little dead-heading once in awhile. But watch that sap, as it can be a skin irritant.”
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|Photo by BambooGarden.org|
Jenny has fallen hard for Bambusa multiplex ‘Alphonse Karr’. “This gorgeous clumping bamboo grows up to 15 feet tall,” she says. “But it spreads slowly, so the plant doesn’t have the invasive qualities of other bamboos. With the lower-to-medium height, it makes a great screen. Plus, the yellow culms are smaller in diameter, making it easy for homeowners to cut back.”
The designer likes the Alphonse Karr bamboo in minimalist contemporary landscapes, as well as blended into Asian and tropical landscapes.
|Photo by Northern Territory Government, Australia
Another favorite is Mexican Feather Grass (Nasella tenuissima). “I love this smaller ornamental grass and use it at many of my clients’ homes,” says Jenny. “It grows to 2 feet high. And the smaller size makes it very versatile in the landscape, while the chartreuse green color and fine texture make this plant a beautiful accent.”
This grass will reseed, but Jenny says it’s easily controlled. She likes to plant this grass en masse or as an accent to other plants.
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