Best Perennials for Your 2014 Garden

Perennial plants are well-known for their strong roots and their longevity. This year brings new ideas to those who want a change in their gardens. Now it is time to build a personal landscape, the perfect spot to read a good book or enjoy a cup of hot tea.

Shade Gardens

Shade Gardens

Shade gardens are a must have for this year, and there are a few perennials that will create a stylish place. The combination of darker and brighter foliage is a great way to create a unique contrast. For instance, the Carnival Fall Festival Coralbells and the Carnival Rose Granita Coralbells are two varieties of the same family and they look great teamed up together. Next to them, the Cinnamon Curls Coralbells create an amazing sight with their reddish foliage and the ruffled edges.

The Yuki Cherry Blossom will fit perfectly next to these Coralbells, with its delicate pink flowers, while the Stephanie Cohen Foam flower will add more glamour to every shade garden. The next step is to place little flowers like Poppies and Flamingo Petunia alongside the borders.

Great Foliage vs Beautiful Flowers

Great Foliage vs Beautiful Flowers

It is difficult to choose, especially when the Island Breeze Hosta shows its beautiful chameleonic leaves. This plant would look amazing next to the Black Taffeta Coralbells, an elegant choice in every garden. But even this foliage fades away next to flowers such as the Winter Thriller Irish Ruffles Hellebore with bright lime green petals and a tiny red edge.

The WindcliffSlaty Blue Hellebore with an interesting blue color, the Shooting Star Hellebore with creamy white flowers, the Peppermint Ruffles Hellebore with double white blooms or the Wedding Ruffles Hellebore with an amazing double white flower and a green inner eye are also a lovely choice of color.

It is no wonder that these Hellbores would look beautiful together. For an even more heavenly sight, plants such as Buttered Rum Heucherella, Blackberry Ice Coralbells, Curly Fries Hosta, and Gold Cascade Heucherella should surround them with class.

Color is Everywhere

Color is Everywhere

What would be more interesting than placing together the largest and a smaller Brunnera, i.e.  Alexander’s Great Brunnera and the Silver Heart Brunnera? It would definitely be an interesting option, but it would look even greater surrounded by beautiful colors, just like the Amore Pink Bleeding Heart and the Diuntra Amore Rosa. Add throughout the garden a few color spots with the help of the Clematis Pink Plunk, Sapphire Indigo Clematis, or even Echinacea, which is well-known for its therapeutic use. In this way the different spots of shade will have a touch of color in the right places.

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