It is not quite as popular today, and some of the new varieties are not quite as tough, although very pretty. Before you start a Fuki farm, you should know that the plant is also associated with cumulative liver damage. Its history can be traced back to 2700 B. That is a good garden tip to remember when putting together even small borders. Their leaves rival the flowers with jewel-like colors: amethyst, topaz, garnet, emerald, ruby, jade and gold, along with striking combinations of them all. Editor's Note: This article was originally published on November 25, 2007. Siberian Iris These are graceful and bring beauty to a garden in the sun or shade.
Leaf shapes go from simple to complex. Once it was known as Cimicifuga, but most of us use its common names: snakeroot, bugbane, or black cohosh. It is one of the last hostas to die back in the fall for me. These color combinations tend to be gentler on the eye than complementary colors. Hardy to Zone 5, the Umbrella Plant produces pale pink, star shaped blooms on top of tall stalks that show around April, prior to its remarkable leaves. They are great changes of texture for the perennial garden.
Flowers do not reflex as much as the straight species. I love the dark green foliage. It might be safest to buy spirea when in flower. By day, I am a high school ceramics teacher as well as a ceramicist and painter. Plants with dark maroon leaves not only take center stage when they are in bloom but continue to be interesting even when they are not blossoming. Some are striped and some are solid. Except maybe for blues, although like with the rose, you can't blame the breeders for not trying! Hostas are known as a shade plant, but some will tolerate sun.
These are colors that are next to each other on the color wheel; examples include blue and violet, orange and red, and orange and yellow. Mainly grown for the gorgeous foliage and the full shape of their plant, they also have flowers, which are a fine feature in some of the varieties. Butterfly magnet well worth a sunny spot in the flower garden. But what a show they give! Hostas Hostas are some of the preeminently useful perennials of the garden. Wish it bloomed longer though. These rose relatives have pretty spirea-like flowers followed by papery reddish fruits. Perennials, the Not-So-Good Things They have a specific season of bloom.
They prefer part shade for the best foliage color. It is native to Central and South America, growing in mountainous tropical and subtropical environments with cloudy, low light. It is a golden yellow daisy form flower with whorled fine, bright green leaves. The plant's leaves can grow over a foot across and the plant can get to 3 to 4 feet tall. Do wish you would have included the bearded iris on your top 10 ; I love the Siberians too but they bloom sporadically in my climate.
Their spring and fall color is hard to beat. They do need dividing, fertilizing, and other care. Siloam Junebug is a cute miniature that will bloom her head off. It is a loyal rebloomer through the summer with a bit of snipping back. I think they have such pretty blooms that we get very attached to that and forget that they don't offer as much for the rest of the season. Any list of foliage plants has to include coleus.
After bloom, I try to disguise the foliage with other perennials. Instant effect is something that a gardener can get with annuals, for the cost of the plants replaced every year and the annual renewed efforts of planting. I have had trouble with root disease and seem to lose one each year. The E-mail message field is required. One of the most drought-tolerant plants I have grown. Peonies Old fashioned, fragrant, beautiful foliage, with big showy flowers. These flowers are an interesting form that is good for all types of gardens.
This drought-tolerant, drainage-loving, 2-foot-tall shrub becomes the center of attraction with gold leaves and pure blue flowers. I cut the plant back every year or two for the lushest foliage and forgo the flowers and fruit. Has unique foliage and flowers. Giant Rhubarb Giant Rhubarb, also known as Dinosaur Food, is native to the Sierra del Mar Mountains in Brazil. They don't need staking, but they aren't quite as easy to grow as some of the other choices in my top ten.
Some gardeners I know favor S. It grows to 3 feet tall, likes partial sun and consistent moisture. The bleeding heart is over by midsummer—a good time to cut back the columbine. I grow the sedums mainly for their foliage, but they are really an all season planting, and considered those for top ten. Rex begonias can be weird and wondrous. You may remember the color wheel from your school days.
The good news is that if you know what plants can do, you can combine them to get something very close to your landscape wishes. It's not as if the modern homeowner has access to the kind of professional gardener that made the English gardens of the early twentieth century the places of garden legend. It brightens shady spots but will also handle sun. Not to be confused with the lilies that grow from bulbs, these hardy perennials come in such a huge spectrum of varieties that one can be found to meet just about any desire for a blooming flower. I love it with purple foliage plants.