Cactus in the sculpture garden of the Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach CA. Various environmental factors in the garden resulted in the motley appearance of this plant. Photo via Flickr by Evan Butterfiled.
Perennials with great-looking foliage are just as valuable as those with pretty blooms. Artemisia is a perfect example; this perennial offers silvery foliage that pairs well with flowers of every color. Plant Name: Artemisia selections Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil Size: To 5 feet tall and 3 feet wide Grow it with: Delphiniums, which create a stunning contrast with their upright, spiky habit. Zones: 3-8
One of our all-time favorite grasses, we love little bluestem's bronze-kissed, blue-gray foliage through spring and summer. Then in fall, the blades turn a gorgeous shade of purple-bronze and continue to look good all winter. Name: Schizachyrium scoparium Growing Conditions: Full sun, well-drained soil Size: To 3 feet tall Zones: 3-9