Waiting for a turn in the spotlight
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Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais, Designed by the staff of Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
During the season, this out-of-the-way corner of the garden serves as a backdrop for the more extravagant perennial borders in full bloom nearby. But as the season winds down, this combo of shrubs starts to shine. The oakleaf hydrangea begins to turn a scarlet red around the edges, highlighting the subtle red stems of St. John’s wort, and the chartreuse hints throughout begin to glow in the autumn sunlight.
- ‘Filifera Aurea’ Sawara cypress (Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘Filifera Aurea’, USDA Hardiness Zones 4–8)
- Oakleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia, Zones 5–9)
- St. John’s wort (Hypericum calycinum, Zones 5–9)
Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; moist, well-drained soil