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Beautiful rock garden

Primary colors of red, blue, & yellow are used over and over in compositions, done mostly with foliage. Accomplishes two things: It establishes a visual rhythm that carries your eye from place to place in a border, & it also ties together adjacent plants that share a common color. With so many plants from which to choose, repetition is easy to do in sun or shade. Linda also pairs blue-leaved ‘Firewitch’ Cheddar pink with dwarf Colorado blue spruce, & Japanese painted fern with dead nettle

Play Up Purple. Golden leaves grab the eye -- but so do purple ones. And plants with violet, maroon, or plum-hue leaves (including 'Diabolo' ninebark, many Japanese maples, and many weigelas) are especially trendy. The rich coloring stands out in the garden and blends well with a wide variety of shades, including chartreuse.

Lush shade garden in Toronto garden has a layered, well-edited selection of plants appropriate for the Toronto climate and for her specific shade conditions. Bright chartreuse foliage of hosta and hakonechloa and variegated leaves of Cornus controversa ‘Variegata’ brighten the space and set off the darker burgundy foliage of the Japanese maple.

Small-Space Asian Garden A variety of beautiful, well-kept plants make up this garden, which also includes a small pond. 'A true Japanese garden is not busy as ours, but we love all types of plants and we can't help ourselves,' writes lakesidegarden.

Casual version of classic-style garden found on Monrovia.com. Plants: Butterfly Japanese Maple, Siberian Iris (Caesar's Brother), June Plantain Lily, Dwarf Daylilies, Variegated Japanese Sedge

Japanese Garden