Use dramatic forms where you seek attention
Plants with a striking, architectural form work wonderfully in areas that get a lot of attention, such as near a front door. ‘Rainbow Warrior’ New Zealand flax is a plant certain to make people notice. Since this spiky plant draws the eye up, the combination needed something that would elegantly hold the combination to the ground. I chose a perfect color match in ‘Apricot’ chrysanthemum, whose little explosions spread the attention in all directions. The soft gray of the silverbush calms the combination down and keeps it from being too busy. The silverbush and the euonymus also ensure interest in other seasons. The perfect backdrop to this scene is the delicate, ever-changing fall foliage of a laceleaf Japanese maple.
1. ‘Rainbow Warrior’ New Zealand flax (Phormium ‘Rainbow Warrior’, USDA Hardiness Zones 8–10)
2. ‘Apricot’ chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum ‘Apricot’, Z 5–9)
3. Euonymus (Euonymus fortunei* ‘Emerald ‘n Gold’, Z 5–9)
4. Silverbush (Convolvulus cneorum, Z 8–11)
5. Laceleaf Japanese maple (Acer palmatum* var. dissectum, Z 6–8)