Work with the Light Autumn light can be stunning -- so take advantage of its golden glow to create garden art. The cascading cutleaf Japanese maple shown here, for example, glows in the late-season sun. Because the tree matures at 10 feet tall, it won't overpower the vinca groundcover or dwarf evergreens growing nearby.
Japanese Forestgrass: Here's the perfect plant to brighten shady spots in your yard. Japanese forestgrass bears screamingly chartreuse foliage in a gracefully arching mound that looks good from spring to fall.
In late spring and summer, this Golden Chain Tree bears beautiful hanging clusters of yellow flowers. More small trees: http://www.bhg.com/gardening/trees-shrubs-vines/trees/popular-small-trees/?socsrc=bhgpin071413goldenchain=8
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One of the reason's that this works so well is that the plants are planted close together, and their heights are varied. If you have a small area that is crying out for color you could match this easily with several one gallon pots. They also used hard scape with the stones and bark. The backdrop of green foliage really brings the colors together.
Power Perennials: Plants That Thrive No Matter What
Artemisia- Artemisia has beautiful silver-gray foliage that won’t fade in the hot sun. This hardy perennial is also drought and insect resistant, and the branches make a wonderful addition to indoor flower arrangements.
Add Windows If your space is small, create windows, as seen in this gate, and vary the height of your plants or structures. That will give the area some visual relief -- and give your yard a playful quality.