I created this container as a donation for a local auction. My goal was to give the winning bidder a mini-garden, or a collection of plants that grew in similar conditions so he or she could fill in a bare corner or patch of their yard. In the suburb where the auction took place, there’s a lot of shade as most of the little town is forested so I chose part-shade plants. Here’s a brief rundown of the plants, which are all awesome, interesting, low-maintenance plants by the way. I highly recommend any of them.
♥Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Ruby Slippers’ (Dwarf Oakleaf Hydrangea)
(In back) A four-foot, compact shrub that blooms in white flowers before fading to a lovely, almost antique pink. The brick-red color and architectural leaf shape are stunning. It’s deciduous and grows to about three feet wide and four feet tall. Nice compact shape.
♥Leucothoe axillaris ‘Curly Red’ (Curly Red Leucothoe)
(On left) This is a small, tough, recently introduced (2012, I think) shrub with curly leaves and gorgeous red tips. Its dense, evergreen foliage is glossy and turns purplish in winter. Grows to about sixteen inches tall by eighteen inches wide.
♥Osmanthus heterophyllus ‘Goshiki’ (Goshiki False Holly)
(On right) I love this slow-growing, evergreen shrub and use it often in designs. It’s a small, tight, fan-shaped plant whose dusted yellow variegation adds a wonderful pop in the garden. Virtually care-free, this osmanthus grows about four feet wide by three feet tall. A little prickly at the edges but worth it!
♥Heuchera ‘Georgia Peach’ (Georgia Peach Coral Bells)
(Forefront) The pattern of this perennial’s brilliant coppery-pink leaves and dark peach veins is entrancing. It’s semi-evergreen in the Northwest and blooms in airy whitish flowers on reddish stems. Mounds to about sixteen inches high. Many heucheras suffer from rust and this one is really no exception but it’s still a reliable plant that offers evergreen color and attracts hummingbirds.