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Green and blue
At the entrance to the fire pit, the blue-green Picea sitchensis ‘Papoose ( 1)’, a favourite of Lori’s, contrasts in both texture and colour with the Salvia guaranitica ‘Indigo Blue’ ( 2), a very longf lowering cultivar. Behind it is the upright foliage of Callistemon
pallidus ( 3), grown for the blueish colour of the young leaves; it originated at Cistus Nursery in Portland, one of the most innovative and exciting nurseries in the Pacific North West.
The soft brown furry ‘ indumentum’ on the young leaves of this
Rhododendron yakushimanum ( 1) hybrid will have been proceeded by pale-pink f lowers. Like all ‘yak’ hybrids this will stay as a compact plant. The shrub behind is the highly scented and relatively long-flowering Daphne x transatlantica ‘Jim’s Pride’ ( 2).
Bursts of colour
Eryngium x zabelii ‘Big Blue’ ( 1), adds a burst of eye-catching colour in a garden with very few perennials. Eryngiums make good coastal plants as they are resilient to wind and look good over a long period. Here they contrast well with the foliage of the Rhododendron makinoi hybrid ( 2). But the real focal point is the bright-yellow flowers of
Kniphofia ‘Candlelight’ ( 3), which stand out even more against the rich colour of Phormium tenax Purpureum Group ( 4).
Purple foliage in the form of Cotinus coggygria ‘Royal Purple’ ( 1) and
Acer palmatum ‘Trompenburg’ ( 2) contrasts boldy with the yellow foliage of Tanacetum vulgare ‘Isla Gold’ ( 3), and with the fresh green of the grass Hakonechloa macra ( 4). This is undoubtedly the best foliage grass for light shade. Its neatly textured foliage and form is used here as an underplanting for the tree is Parrotia persica ( 5).