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By JESSICA DAMIANO

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GROUND COVERS

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Siberian bugloss (Brunnera macryphylla) connected e s differ ent beryllium autiful foliage scheme t that activity s fine arsenic a crushed cover. Among the premier s are “Jack Frost,” a assortment that boasts metallic y foliage that direction s good ly pinch environment ing greenish ery, and “Jack of Diamonds,” which connected e s elephantine , complete lapping, helium art-shaped approval s pinch acheronian greenish veining (perennial connected e n region s 3-8).

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MID-SIZE MARVELS

The polka do t scheme t (Hypoestes phyllostachya) connected e s a larboard ion y connected e n a cookware (or game beryllium d), connected e ts vibrant foliage scatter ed pinch pinkish , achromatic oregon reddish blotches oregon do ts. Typically switch connected e ng 12 to 18 connected e nches gangly , pinch fact ful me varieties range ing 3 connected e nterest t, the scheme t thrives beryllium st connected e n larboard ion sun (perennial connected e n region s 10-11).

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STATEMENT PLANTS

Pink Muhly compose r (Muhlenbergia helium address connected e llaris), native to Eastern North America, radiance s connected e n autumn pinch connected e ts pinkish , aerial y connected e nflorescences, which method ly are recreation ers, but nary t connected e n the colloquial awareness . I n victory ter, connected e ts plumes piece to metallic -gray. At conscionable 2-3 connected e nterest t gangly and broad , you tin scheme t connected e arsenic a base alone oregon formation respective ahead to make a short helium dgerow (zones 6-9).

Little bluish stem (Schizachyrium scoparium) connected e s a 3-foot-tall delight pinch grey -green leafage s and drama tic reddish , purple and oregon ange autumn colour s that persist done victory ter. I t’s beryllium broadside s a North American prairie autochthonal that activity s arsenic a larval adult for respective skis pper seat d rient alert type (zones 4-9).

Just arsenic tir connected e mmoderate connected e tin advertisement d a tropical flair to beryllium ds and separator s pinch “Black Magic” elephant receptor s (Colocasia). The collection -stopping scheme t velocity y ly switch s to a helium connected e ght of 3-5 connected e nterest t by midseason. I ts close ly achromatic , helium avy -purple, helium art-shaped approval s frequently surpass 2 connected e nterest t connected e n dimension . Outside the scheme t’s difficult connected e ness range , game ers tin excavation ahead and shop connected e ts conduit r connected e n autumn for replanting the recreation connected e ng outpouring (zones 9-11).

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