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Old 05-19-2017, 06:46 AM
 
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Think about edging it with silver plants that have a aura about them (like "silver mound", and lambs ears in the center (which have purply-pinkish flowers). The silvery fur of their leaves is breathtaking and these are plants that are hearty and will reliably look progressively more beautiful.

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Old 05-19-2017, 10:27 AM
 
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I'd probably consider an Heuchera with decorative leaves. These will do well in part sun and shade, and their leaves provide season long color. There are some nice yellow leaved plants. They will bloom in late spring or early summer, and when they do they look really interesting. But the beautiful leaves are the main attractions, and they will look nice spring through fall.

I prefer the brighter leaved versions more than the deep mahogany colored ones. Have a look at this site:

https://www.bluestoneperennials.com/...htext=heuchera

You can learn a lot from hanging out at the Brookstone Perennials site. I orders plants from them this spring and I was impressed by the stock and by the complete planting instructions. This is an established mail order nursery.
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Old 05-19-2017, 12:59 PM
 
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Why not plant a variegated leaf hosta? You can buy hostas in a range of mature sizes, so you pick one that will fill the space in a few years. While waiting, you could plant a few shade loving annuals each spring.
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Old 05-19-2017, 01:38 PM
 
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Why not plant a variegated leaf hosta? You can buy hostas in a range of mature sizes, so you pick one that will fill the space in a few years. While waiting, you could plant a few shade loving annuals each spring.
I already have hostas and Japanese Painted ferns on the other side of the patio. Just looking for something a little different. In general, I'm not the biggest fan of perennial flowers because of the short bloom time.
IDK, maybe I'll look into annuals instead.

It shouldn't be this difficult to decide, right?
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Old 05-19-2017, 02:11 PM
 
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I already have hostas and Japanese Painted ferns on the other side of the patio. Just looking for something a little different. In general, I'm not the biggest fan of perennial flowers because of the short bloom time.

IDK, maybe I'll look into annuals instead.

It shouldn't be this difficult to decide, right?
Browalia (blue/purple) is a lovely shade annual for the front of a border, and looks nice next to Japanese Painted Ferns... especially en masse.

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Old 05-19-2017, 10:09 PM
 
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Beautiful flower. I want to say I've had red ones in a pot before.


Interesting flower - never heard of Bee Balm. Invasive how? Easily controlled with a little effort?

Thank you both for the link to or pics.
Mine wasn't invasive. More like average, and it didn't spread much. It's easy to control.
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Old 05-21-2017, 07:02 AM
 
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Monarda/bee balm is part of the mint family, but way more polite. So many varieties - you could put high growers in the middle, with the miniatures on the edge. Minimal maintenance.

Another vote is hydrangea - more of a bush than a perennial, but it keeps giving.

Spiderwort will leave you with naked time between blooms. Also if you have a cat or dog, for some reason animals like to lounge in mine (that and my Iris beds).
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