A Garden Design with Lots of Hardscape and Plants – Plant IDs

When hardscaping and plants have equal weight, you get a space with infinite depth and interest

Fine Gardening – Issue 200
hardscaping with plants

My plant selection followed the same principles I used in selecting my hardscape materials, with an emphasis on sculptural habits and interesting textures. As a member of the American Conifer Society, I have ACS (addicted conifer syndrome), and my garden showcases about 100 different conifers as well as many Japanese maples—both of which have amazing habits and textures. Then I mixed in an array of perennials selected for color or texture contrasts. Read more about this garden here.

Here are some of the interesting plants you’ll find in my garden.

(Each list corresponds to the photo above it.)

1. Heuchera (Heuchera cv., Zones 4–9)

2. ‘Caradonna’ salvia (Salvia nemorosa ‘Caradonna’, Zones 4–8)

3. ‘Gracilis Compacta’ hinoki cypress (Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Gracilis Compacta’, Zones 4–8)

4. Northlight dawn redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides ‘Schirrmanns Nordlicht’, Zones 4–8)

5. Weeping blue Atlas cedar (Cedrus atlantica ‘Glauca Pendula’, Zones 6–9)

6. ‘Lakeside Paisley Print’ (Hosta ‘Lakeside Paisley Print’, Zones 3–9)

7. ‘Red Star’ cordyline (Cordyline australis ‘Red Star’, Zones 9–11)

8. ‘Goshiki’ false holly (Osmanthus heterophyllus ‘Goshiki’, Zones 6–9)

9. Eastern prickly pear (Opuntia humifusa, Zones 4–9)

10. Fraser fir (Abies fraseri cv., Zones 4–7)

11. ‘Robusta Green’ Chinese juniper (Juniperus chinensis ‘Robusta Green’, Zones 4–9)

12. Golden oregano (Origanum vulgare ‘Aureum’, Zones 4–8)

13. ‘Angel Falls’ Eastern white pine (Pinus strobus ‘Angel Falls’, Zones 2–7)

14. Clematis (Clematis cv., Zones 4–9)

15. Lily (Lilium cv., Zones 3–9)


garden path lined by ornamental grass and trees

1. Pink rosebay rhododendron (Rhododendron maximum ‘Roseum’, Zones 3–7)

2. Barren strawberry (Waldsteinia ternata, Zones 4–8)

3. ‘Aureola’ Japanese forest grass (Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’, Zones 5–9)

4. ‘Pallida’ witch hazel (Hamamelis × intermedia ‘Pallida’, Zones 5–8)

5. Japanese maple (Acer palmatum cv., Zones 5–9)


bright green tree with garden art in front

1. Full moon maple (Acer shirasawanum ‘Aureum’, Zones 5–7)

2. ‘Alice’ oakleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Alice’, Zones 5–9)

3. ‘Spiralis’ hinoki cypress (Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Spiralis’, Zones 5–8)

4. Hellebore (Helleborus cv., Zones 6–9)

5. Variegated broad-leaved sedge (Carex siderosticha ‘Variegata’, Zones 6–9)

6. Redvein enkianthus (Enkianthus campanulatus, Zones 5–8)


garden path leading to garden shed with purple door

1. Variegated broad-leaved sedge (Carex siderosticha ‘Variegata’, Zones 6–9)

2. ‘Miss Grace’ dawn redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides ‘Miss Grace’, Zones 4–8)

3. Hosta (Hosta cv., Zones 3–9)

4. ‘The Rocket’ ligularia (Ligularia ‘The Rocket’, Zones 4–8)

5. Japanese Jack in the pulpit (Arisaema sikokianum cv., Zones 4–8)

6. ‘Lady in Red’ lady fern (Athyrium filix-femina var. angustum ‘Lady in Red’, Zones 4–8)

7. ‘Little Heath’ andromeda (Pieris japonica ‘Little Heath’, Zones 5–9)

8. ‘Curly Fries’ hosta (Hosta ‘Curly Fries’, Zones 3–9)

9. ‘Mini Skirt’ hosta (Hosta ‘Mini Skirt’, Zones 3–9)

10. ‘Viridis’ yew (Taxus × media ‘Viridis’, Zones 4–7)

11. ‘Praying Hands’ hosta (Hosta ‘Praying Hands’, Zones 3–9)

12. Weeping Norway spruce (Picea abies ‘Pendula’, Zones 3–7)

13. ‘Earth Angel’ hosta (Hosta ‘Earth Angel’, Zones 3–9)

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  1. MarcoHarrington 07/06/2021

    Thanks for sharing!

  2. mikefraser 10/07/2021

    It was really helpful! I'm someone who is considering doing some hardscaping in their yard. I think you did an awesome job laying out everything. Well done on the plant IDs too- they're so detailed and interesting! Anyway, it's been great reading your blog. hedge trimmer abbotsford

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