1. ‘Gold Bar’ Miscanthus
Name: Miscanthus sinensis* ‘Gold Bar’
USDA hardiness zones: 4 to 9
Size: 4 to 5feet tall and 3 to 4 feet wide
Conditions: Full sun; tolerates wide range of soils
This flashy ornamental grass introduced by Joy Creek Nursery in Oregon sports a tight, compact habit with more gold stripes than any other miscanthus. What makes this such a good choice is its slow-growth habit. The dense blades of foliage and slow growth make for strong stems that will not flop in the garden, unlike other miscanthus cultivars. The golden stripes are radiant with a back lighting of late afternoon sun, and they add a sparkle to the late summer garden.
2. ‘Jack Frost’ Brunnera
Name: Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’
Zones: 3 to 8
Size: 15 to 18 inches tall and 24 to 30 inches wide
Conditions: Partial shade; well-drained soil
This hardy perennial is known for its beautiful silver-and-green-veined foliage. The large, heart-shaped leaves make a tight…
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