Plant Spotlight – Liriope ‘Big Blue’

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Liriope, with its arching green foliage and abundant spikes of purple flowers followed by black berries, makes an excellent border or edging for the shrub and perennial garden or as a ground cover when planted en masse. Very durable, plant Liriope in partially shaded conditions for best effect. Reaches 12″ -15″ tall and wide.

Plant Spotlight – Pachysandra

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Pachysandra or Japanese Spurge is a highly resilient; attractive ground cover for sun or shade that thrives in nearly any location so long as the soil is not dry. Evergreen to semi-evergreen foliage reaches 8″-12″ wide with an indefinite spread of several feet and is topped by spikes of small white flowers emerging in spring. We plant Pachysandra with other part shade plantings such as Astilbe, Cinnamon Fern, and Japanese Forest Grass  for beautiful contrast in color and foliage texture.

Plant Spotlight – Mondo Grass

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Growing 8″-12″ high and 12″ wide, Mondo Grass with its dense clumps of grassy foliage makes an excellent edging, accent or massed planting as a ground cover. Especially attractive when planted around boulders, as part of water features or between stepping stones , we like to use Mondo Grass with companions such as Astilbe and Japanese Painted Fern for best effect.

Plant Spotlight – Panicum ‘Shenandoah’

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Prized for its dramatic colorful foliage, which consists of fast growing green foliage with tips of red maturing to a deep burgundy in fall, and having mists of airy reddish-pink flowers in summer,  Panicum Shenandoah is an excellent choice for massed planting as a background for a shrub or perennial border. Plant in partial to full sun, reaches 4′ in height and 2′-3′ in width

Plant Spotlight – Panicum ‘Northwind’

FotoSketcher Panicum NorthwindSimilar to its close relative Panicum ‘Heavy Metal’, North Wind is a perfect choice for larger spaces or when a larger specimen grass is desired than its smaller cousin. The 2014 perennial plant of the year, North Wind is noted for its distinct upright habit, strong blue foliage, and durability. Reaching 4′-6′ in height with a spread of 3′,  we like to use this variety as a massed planting on banks or slopes or in rain gardens with companions such as Viburnum, Knock Out Roses, and Rudbeckia.

 

Plant Spotlight: Blue Fescue

FotoSketcher - blue-feascueBlue Fescue with its low, mounding, clump forming habit makes an attractive edging for perennial or shrub beds. A cool season grass which begins to grow soon after its late winter trim, Fescue is beautiful as an accent planting with its metallic blue foliage and thin arching flower stalks which sway gently above the foliage. Fescue displays good drought resistance but benefits from supplemental watering in late summer heat. Plant in sun to part shade with companions such as Salvia, Russian Sage, Coreopsis, and Shasta Daisy. Grows up to 12″ tall and wide.

Plant Spotlight: Pink Muhly Grass

FotoSketcher - Muhly GrassNoted for its stunning mist of pink flowers which billow above 3′ – 4′ stems in the late summer as well as its ability to thrive in poor soils, drought, and heat  Muhly Grass is a unique textural specimen for the landscape especially suited for mass planting in landscape borders, rock gardens interspersed among boulders, meadows, or other naturalized settings.