September 2, 2011

before & after & beautiful

 Before: an unplanned hodgepodge and a lot of weeds. Also known as "the desolation."

 After: a mulch desert with plant islands! I have to remember everything will double or triple in size!

 Coral bells "Marmalade." Aren't the colors awesome?

 Hakone grass: A beautiful lime green ornamental grass that prefers shade!

 Coral bells again: "Palace purple."

 Autumn fern: The new growth comes in orange. I thought that was so interesting.

And what shade garden is complete without hostas? Giant hostas are actually the centerpieces in the two side pockets and a variety of them create repetition throughout the garden.

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