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Contrasting Hues To inject drama into your rock garden, choose colors opposite each other on the color wheel. Here, the chartreuse of a sedum groundcover offers a striking contrast to the burgundy foliage of Heuchera. The contrasting hues pop against the surrounding rocks and call attention to smaller plants that might otherwise be overlooked.
If only I could get the edge of my patio to look like this. Its paver blocks surrounded on 3 sides by grass, just a step outside the back door. Part-sun mostly shade much of the day. Container Gardening – Ideas for Hanging Flower Baskets, Garden Pots and Planters