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    Home Outside online landscape design service and Home Outside Palette app, from Julie Moir Messervy Design Studio.

    Hakone Grass, Japanese Forest Grass 'Aureola' (Hakonechloa macra)

    Aesclepias tuberosa, butterfly weed and grasses, Nasella tenuissima and Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Karl Foerster' weaving through the sunsteps by the ruin at Chanticleer in Wayne, Pennsylvania

    Love these fun and creative DIY plant hangers!

    "June" hosta (2001 Hosta of the Year by the American Hosta Grower's Association) bears thick golden-yellow foliage with streaky blue-green edges. It also offers a bit of sun tolerance. In fact, with a couple of hours of morning sun, 'June' displays brighter gold leaf centers -

    This is real, done by John Brooker, a retiree aged 75 who lives in Norfolk, UK. //Topiary Cat Drinking from a lake | by Rich Saunders

    Mugo Pine Varieties: Information About Mugo Pine Trees - Mugo pines are a great alternative to junipers for gardeners who want something different in the landscape. Find out about caring for mugo pines in this article and see if this is something you would like to try in your garden.

    Deer resistant shrubs: Green Velvet Boxwood. It will assume a pleasing, 2'-3' rounded shape and maintain its color year-round. Height: 2 - 3 feet. Spread 3 feet. Full Sun to Partial Shade.

    Dwarf Eastern White Pine is an evergreen conifer displaying soft delicate blue-green needles on a compact shrub. Pinus strobus 'Nana' is hardy to zones 3-9, prefers full sun and a moderately moist slightly acidic soil. Dwarf Eastern White Pine is slow growing reaching an eventual 3 feet tall by 4- 6 feet wide and is deer resistant.

    Cryptomeria japonica Globosa Nana: Deer Resistant Low growing, rounded evergreen with thick green needles. This excellent evergreen is better than the species for retaining its green color through the winter. It is excellent for use as a screen or a specimen plant.

    White Redbud (Cercis canadensis 'Alba') at Connon Nurseries CBV

    Perhaps the ultimate specimen tree, Japanese maples (Acer palmatum) come in an almost bewildering array of shapes, sizes and leaf colors. They are elegantly beautiful in every season, in leaf or bare-branched. Japanese maples are hardy in zones 6 (-10°F) to 8 (10°F) and need both sun and shade. Too much sun and their leaves can burn at the tips.contemporary landscape by Bliss Garden Design

    Bloodgood' is a dependable sturdy tree that spreads with age. In extreme hot sun it can sunburn slightly. Some afternoon protection is beneficial. Fall colors are usually bright crimson. This strong growing tree has very good qualities not always found in some of the other red-leaved cultivars.

    Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Hameln'...one of my favourite ornamental grasses with a shorter stature...30" in height, hardy to zone 5

    Liriope. These are perfectly happy in the shade, easy to transplant, and multiply when left to themselves. Mine are looking great!

    Mondo Grass - Monrovia - Mondo Grass zones 6-11, 12"-15" tall & wide, for border planting.

    Big root geranium (Geranium macrorrhizum)... a great groundcover for shady areas. Follow the link for a slideshow of 10 more.

    Vinca minor. Perennial groundcover. Zones 3 - 8. Full sun to shade.

    Three-rail split rail fence. Fence defines the property edge and driveway, yet allows shrubs and perennials grow over and through it.

    Split rail fence, a corner stone pillar on either side of the driveway would be a plus! This photo shows how the natural edge of groundcover spills out from under the fence.

    Ilex verticillata Jim Dandy Special Item Winterberry Holly Type: Shrubs Height: Medium to tall 3-6' (Plant 6' apart) Bloom Time: Late Spring to Early Summer Sun-Shade: Full Sun to Mostly Sunny

    Winterberry Holly, Black Alder 'Winter Red' (Ilex verticillata) native holly

    Geranium macrorrhizum 'Ingwersen's Variety' (Bigroot geranium) Geranium macrorrhizum 'Ingwersen's Variety' Bigroot geranium A great groundcover geranium. This Geranium macrorrhizum selection has been working hard in gardens since 1929. Light pink flowers with darker sepals and stems are held high above thisk green foliage. Tolerates bright shade and drier soils. Order early!

    Big root geranium (Geranium macrorrhizum)... a great groundcover for shady areas. Follow the link for a slideshow of 10 more.

    Sow now, eat later! Johnny Jump-ups, one of the first spring edibles.

    The Bride's Garden at Franklin Park Conservatory, Columbus, Ohio | Landscape design by JMMDS

    Anemone tomentosa ‘Robustissima’ easy to grow full sun to part shade. Continuous bloomer! Perennial zones 3-9

    Bridal Veil® Astilbe - Astilbe x arendsii 'Bridal Veil'. Pure white blossoms held above vivid green foliage. Essential to partially shaded borders. Use in woodland gardens for contrast against darker foliaged plants and to accent other Astilbe colors. Perfect in masses for moonlight gardens. Full to partial shade. Moderate grower from 18 in. to 3 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.

    Actaea racemosa atropurpurea, Black Cohosh 'Black Beauty'. Back of garden with Anemones. Both bloom from late summer - late fall. Would complement your house colors nicely.

    Cimicifuga racemosa (Actaea racemosa) This is the green variety, grows taller than Atropurpurea 'Black Beauty'.

    Alchemilla mollis, easy care spreading perennial that mounds over the edge of the garden with lime sprays of flowers, great for cut arrangements.

    Ilex Berry Heavy Height: Tall 6-8' (Plant 8' apart) Bloom Time: Late Spring Sun-Shade: Full Sun to Mostly Sunny Zones: 3-9 Tiny white flowers mature to clusters of show stopping red berries. A remarkable display of vivid color. A male pollinator (Jim Dandy) is needed but a ratio of 1 male to 12 females is sufficient. Bees do the transporting, so even a distance of 50-75' will work.