CHOOSE THE RIGHT PLANTS

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PHYL­LOSTACHYS VI­VAX AU­RE­O­CAULIS

Strap­ping golden bam­boo lightly striped with green mark­ings. More clump­ing than fast-run­ning growth habit. H8m (26ft) S3m (10ft)

EUPHOR­BIA CHARA­CIAS WULFENII

Ar­chi­tec­tural euphor­bia with blue-grey leaves and large rounded heads of acid-green flow­ers in spring. H1.2m (4ft) S90cm (3ft)

BERGE­NIA ‘BEETHOVEN’

Low-grow­ing and clump-form­ing, this makes an ex­cel­lent front-of-bor­der plant. Large dark green leaves de­velop red tints in cool win­ter weather. White flow­ers are flushed with pink in spring. H and S30cm (12in)

POLYSTICHUM POLY­BLE­PHARUM

Ja­panese lace fern has ev­er­green glossy dark green fronds and a shut­tle­cock-like growth habit. Young fronds are cov­ered in golden hairy scales. Likes shady hu­mus­rich ground. H and S90cm (3ft)

FES­TUCA GLAUCA ‘ELI­JAH BLUE’

Small elec­tric sil­verblue grass with a com­pact habit, form­ing neat, rounded mounds of nar­row pointed leaves. Blue-green flow­ers in early sum­mer grad­u­ally fade to buff. H and S25cm (10in)

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