Some of these combinations came with the house, most notably the selection of the now mature trees that frame our backyard view. What's interesting about the following 2 pictures is that both feature pairs of the same tree; however, there heights are staggered. Did the gardener who planted them place them at different times or start with trees of different size, or did they simply grown at different rates? I don't know the answer but it adds another dimension to the view.
|Agonis flexuosa (aka peppermint willow) trees overlooking the harbor|
|2 Arbutus 'Marina' that partially screen a neighbor's home on the northwest side of the house|
I also inherited the mature Calliandra haematocephala that stands roughly in the middle of a bed that runs along our living and dining room windows but the rest of the plants there, all grown mainly for their foliage, are my own additions.
|Calliandra haematocephala, grown mainly for its foliage, also screens the exterior view of the TV placed along the windows in the living room|
|Looking southeast, this narrow border includes Plectranthus ciliatus 'Zulu Warrior,' Pseuderanthemum 'Texas Tri-star,' Arthropodium cirratum, Ageratum corymbosum, Persicaria 'Red Dragon,' and the afore-mentioned Calliandra|
|This plant and 2 others were labeled as Pseuderanthemum 'Texas Tri-star'|
|However, this one, which appears to be the same plant, was labeled as Strobilanthes purpurea but, as best I've been able to determine, that's an erroneous classification|
|This section of the same bed, looking from the other direction toward the Calliandra, includes Acacia cognata 'Cousin Itt' (in a pot), Plectranthus zuluensis, Liriope muscari, and another Arthropodium cirratum|
I included a number of foliage plants in the border created in the southeast side yard last fall as well. The 2 plants with the most impact are Agonis flexuosa 'Nana' and Phormium 'Amazing Red.' There are 3 of each here.
|View of the southeast side border looking toward the patio|
|View of the same border looking in the direction of the street - the reddish burgundy of Phormium 'Amazing Red' echos the foliage color of Coprosma 'Plum Hussey' and the trunk of the Arbutus 'Marina' in the background|
A few of my other foliage combinations are still works in progress.
Combinations in pots are much easier to control. I'm pleased by all of my summer-time foliage compositions.
|3 varieties of coleus (Solenostemon scutellarioides)|
|Pennisetum 'Puple Majesty' paired with lime green Alternanthera|
|Larger view of the same combination|
|Coleus 'Chocolate Splash' paired with Dichondra 'Emerald Falls'|
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