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An Attractive Shady Garden Idea with Ferns, Hostas and Agapanthus

Perennial Combinations, Plant Combinations, Flowerbeds Ideas, Spring Borders, Summer Borders


Designed to be contemporary and to create a calm, tranquil atmosphere, this stylish garden includes only a few plants but is a real masterpiece of simplicity. The elegant horizontal lines of the box hedge and floating metal steps nestled within the planting, contrast nicely with the geometric layout of rounded boxwood, the tall white Agapanthus africanus 'Albus' and the backdrop of striking white-barked birch trees, Betula utilis var. jacquemontii (Himalayan Birch).

The classic green and white planting palette enhances the peaceful feeling and combines drifts of award-winning ferns and hostas such as Asplenium scolopendrium (Hart's Tongue Fern), Polystichum setiferum (Soft Field Fern), Blechnum spicant (Hard Fern) and Hosta 'Royal Standard' (Plantain Lily).

Created by OneAbode for the 2012 Hampton Court Flower Show, this low maintenance and remarkable scenery can be enjoyed almost year-round as most plants are evergreen. Agapanthus are, however, not very cold-hardy. In order to retain for more than one season, you will be required to dig them up after the frost browns out their foliage and store them in a pot of dry potting soil over winter in an unheated garage.

Garden Information

Hardiness 7 – 7
Heat Zones 7 – 7
Climate Zones 7, 15, 16, 17
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam
Soil Ph Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy
Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders , Patio and Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard , Formal Garden , Modern Garden

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Great Plant Combination Ideas with Agapanthus - African Lilies Great Plant Combination Ideas with Betula - Birches Great Plant Combination Ideas with Hosta - Plantain Lilies Great Plant Combination Ideas with Stipa - Feather Grasses


Credit: GAP Photos/Friedrich Strauss

While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.

Garden Information

Hardiness 7 – 7
Heat Zones 7 – 7
Climate Zones 7, 15, 16, 17
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam
Soil Ph Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy
Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders , Patio and Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard , Formal Garden , Modern Garden

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Great Plant Combination Ideas with Agapanthus - African Lilies Great Plant Combination Ideas with Betula - Birches Great Plant Combination Ideas with Hosta - Plantain Lilies Great Plant Combination Ideas with Stipa - Feather Grasses


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Betula utilis var. jacquemontii (Himalayan Birch)
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