Design a Showy Flowerbed with These 5 Easy-Care Perennials
Costa Farms gardening expert, Justin Hancock shares valuable design tips for selecting and planting perennials and ideal companion plants. Because they come back year after year, require little watering, are long-blooming, and offer a variety of textures, shapes and colors, Hancock says perennials are the backbone of any beautiful garden. He suggests starting with these five beautiful, easy-care perennials to instantly transform any garden.
Have a shady backyard? That doesn’t mean you can’t have a colorful garden! Hostas come in an almost limitless selection of sizes, shapes and colors. In fact, there are so many hosta varieties to choose from that it’s possible to create an entire garden with just this one type of plant. Hostas also show off gorgeous flower spikes in pink, lavender or white, and some even have a sweet fragrance.
Shade-Loving |Zone: 3-10| Bloom Time: Mid to late summer
Companion Plant: Astilbe Astilbe's greatest attribute is how it will provide contrast in the leaf structure when paired with hostas. Astilbe has a lacy leaf that plays well with the coarse bold hosta leaf.
Design Tip: Try to mix different varieties of hostas together. The transitions between large, medium, and small varieties provide an intriguing and subtle play of color and texture. A mix of hostas allows you to stay within the same theme for your garden, yet is more impactful than just a bed full of the same color and variety.