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Modern garden designs are generally characterized by free-flowing spaces, the absence of symmetry and by sharp lines, both vertical and horizontal. They are based on a geometric layout and rely on scale and proportion to add drama in the absence of decorative ornaments. More focus is placed on materials or architecture than on plants. The material palette is kept to a minimum with smooth concrete used for walls or paving and limestone or slate for floors. Large slabs are often favored to create clean, uninterrupted surfaces. Planting tends also to be limited primarily to specimen trees, clipped hedges, lawns, and large blocks of simple plantings with architectural specimens. Reflective pools provide serene surfaces and bring light into the garden.

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Bouteloua gracilis (Blue Grama)

Low-growing and compact, Bouteloua gracilis (Blue Grama) is a densely tufted, warm season, ornamental grass noted for its intriguing inflorescences resembling tiny brushes. Suspended horizontally from only one side of the flowering stems, the flowers are red tinted at first before they bleach to a straw color.

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Buxus 'Green Velvet' (Boxwood)

Buxus 'Green Velvet' (Boxwood) is a compact, broad-mounded, evergreen shrub with a lush foliage of opposite, glossy, dark green leaves. The foliage retains its excellent dark green color throughout the winter.

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Buxus microphylla 'Faulkner' (Small-Leaved Boxwood)

Award-winning Buxus microphylla 'Faulkner' (Small-Leaved Boxwood) is a dense, compact, evergreen shrub with a lush foliage of small, rounded, dark bluish green, glossy leaves. The foliage retains its rich color most of the year, becoming bronze-tinged in cold winter weather.

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Buxus microphylla var. japonica 'Green Beauty' (Japanese Boxwood)

Buxus microphylla var. japonica 'Green Beauty' (Japanese Boxwood) is a dense and compact evergreen shrub with a lush foliage of small, glossy, lance-shaped, dark green leaves. The foliage retains its rich color most of the year, becoming bronze-tinged in cold winter weather.

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Buxus sempervirens 'Blauer Heinz' (Boxwood)

Compact, Buxus sempervirens 'Blauer Heinz' (Boxwood) is a small, slow-growing, broadleaf evergreen shrub with a soft and lush foliage of ovate, fairly glossy, blue-green leaves.

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Buxus sempervirens 'Dee Runk' (Boxwood)

Naturally architectural, Buxus sempervirens 'Dee Runk' (Boxwood) is a broadleaf evergreen shrub of elegant columnar habit with a soft and lush foliage of ovate, lustrous leaves. Its deep green foliage has shown good resistance to boxwood blight.

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Buxus sempervirens 'Graham Blandy' (Boxwood)

Architectural, Buxus sempervirens 'Graham Blandy' (Boxwood) is a slow-growing, broadleaf evergreen shrub of columnar habit with a soft and lush foliage of ovate, lustrous leaves.

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Buxus sempervirens 'Suffruticosa' (Boxwood)

Compact, Buxus sempervirens 'Suffruticosa' (Boxwood) is a small, slow-growing, broadleaf evergreen shrub with a soft and lush foliage of ovate, fairly glossy leaves, up to 1 in. long (2 cm). Tough, hardy and easy to grow, this dwarf Boxwood provides color year-round

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Buxus sinica var. insularis 'Justin Brouwers' (Korean Boxwood)

Buxus sinica var. insularis 'Justin Brouwers' (Korean Boxwood) is a compact, rounded, evergreen shrub with a lush foliage of small, glossy, forest-green leaves. The foliage retains its excellent color throughout the winter.

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Buxus sinica var. insularis 'Nana' (Korean Boxwood)

Buxus sinica var. insularis 'Nana' (Korean Boxwood) is a low-growing, compact, evergreen shrub with a lush foliage of light green leaves. The new growth emerges lime green in spring, turning darker as the season progresses.

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Buxus sinica var. insularis 'Wintergreen' (Korean Boxwood)

Buxus sinica var. insularis 'Wintergreen' (Korean Boxwood) is a vigorous, rounded, evergreen shrub with a lush foliage of small, glossy, light green leaves. The foliage retains its color reasonably well throughout the winter.

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Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Avalanche' (Feather Reed Grass)

Noted for its variegated foliage, Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Avalanche' (Feather Reed Grass) is a compact tufted ornamental grass forming a clump of narrow, elegantly arched, creamy-white striped leaves. In summer, it is topped with tall, airy, pinkish-purple feathery plumes which mature to a golden tan color and often persist into the winter.

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Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Karl Foerster' (Feather Reed Grass)

One of the most popular ornamental grasses worldwide, Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Karl Foerster' (Feather Reed Grass) is a majestic ornamental grass, highly valued for its erect feathery flower plumes, moving gracefully with even the slightest breeze. Fast growing, reliable, with a multi-season interest, this cool season grass is not only beautiful, it is also virtually care-free and quite versatile.

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Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Overdam' (Feather Reed Grass)

Noted for its variegated foliage, Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Overdam' (Feather Reed Grass) is a compact tufted ornamental grass forming a clump of narrow, elegantly arched, creamy-white striped leaves that will remain under 2 ft. (60 cm). In summer, it is topped with tall, airy, pinkish-purple feathery plumes which mature to a dusky gray pink color and often persist into the winter.

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Carex 'Ice Dance' (Japanese Sedge)

Brightening up the shade garden, Carex 'Ice Dance' is a semi-evergreen Japanese Sedge forming a low, slow-spreading tufted mound of narrow, arching, shiny, dark green leaves adorned with bright white edges. In late spring, it bears inconspicuous brown flower spikes on long stems. Attractive both in shape and foliage, this highly decorative grass is evergreen in USDA Zones 8-9.

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