Phormium ‘Jubilee’ Its leaves have cherry-hued margins like its ‘Jester’ parent, only much more vivid—striking in borders and containers. Grows 3 feet tall; colors up best in part shade. Zones 7–9, 14–24; H1, H2.
Carex flagellifera Toffee Twist ornamental grass for sunny areas. Actually a sedge, this carex is grown for its beautiful toasted coppery brown foliage which turns a rich mahogany color by fall. Clump forming Carex cascades and twists in the most pleasing of ways, making this ideal for container gardening.
'Magic Summer' Hebe. An attractive small evergreen shrub best suited to milder coastal areas. Small grey and white leaves turn purple/red in spring. Abundant purple/blue flowers appear in June. Use it in the perennial garden or an a pot on the terrace.
Virginia Sweetspire (Itea virginica) Why it's a standout: The blazing fall foliage on this native is just one of its many virtues. Topping off at just 5 feet, this adaptable shrub tolerates boggy soil, clay, and dense shade. In summer, it puts on a brilliant show of fragrant white flowers; in winter, its bare red stems continue to attract attention. What it needs: Full sun to partial shade; prefers moist soil Zones: 5 to 9