A handsome plant combination that is sophisticated and modern. Warm tones prevail with an underlying thread of bronzy-cinnamon tones in the foliage and bark. Though its focus is on foliage, spring flowers play a supporting role. A brief display of soft pink flowers in spring on the rhododendron are a bit of a distraction, but they are gone soon enough and blend with the ivory clusters on the ninebark. Delicate blooms in dark purple from the hardy geranium contribute saturated color and provides a lift for the soft pink. Deadhead the rhody and geranium to keep the overall scene tidy. However, leave the clusters of ivory blooms on the ninebark intact so that they can develop into decorative seed heads.
This plant combination would be a great in a highly visible location thanks to its reliance on plants that look good year-round and have a pleasant seasonal progression. Fantastic foliage, a pleasing variety of shapes and textures, seasonal blooms, and fall color—that's a recipe for curb appeal!
Exposure: Filtered Sun, Part Shade, Open Shade, Morning Sun
Water Needs: Average, Regular / Even
City and Courtyard,
Features: Fabulous Foliage, Fall Color, Four Season Appeal, Harmonious Colors, Low Maintenance, Varied Foliage, Texture, and Form, Warm Colors, Winter Interest
Focus: Curb Appeal, Mixed Border, Pleasing Seasonal Flow, Year-round Interest
Seasons of Interest: Pleasing Seasonal Changes, Year-round Interest, Three Seasons of Interest, Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Maintenance Level: low
Maintenance Tasks: Deadheading