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There are several things that one may do to accomplish a beautiful landscaping result. One may modify the land itself or arrange and color code the structures in the area. Something as simple as using garden plants can create precisely the feeling that one needs or wants in any landscaping attempt.
Garden plants are an excellent choice when choosing a landscaping endeavor. Exotic plants are not a necessity and at times may be arduous to care for or pay. These plants are cheaper and at times a simpler alternative. Local foliage, whether low lying ground cover or flowers, presents a beautiful opportunity for landscapers. Any of the local plants, for instance, say Spanish lavender, grown in local conditions will give the landscaper less work regarding care and more regarding beauty.
There are still several other plants that provide a more exotic feel to a landscape. Take, for instance, creeping rosemary which may be used in corners or in sure planters to give an overgrown feeling. If kept in good taste, then it will make the landscape stand out more and provide a stark contrast to the dwarf boxwood shrub used on the edge of the walkway.
Maybe a theme that is more oriented to coloring is the goal. These plants give anyone the opportunity to do that. One such technique is to have a high contrast planting style. In this manner, opposite colors that look well together (i.e., blue and orange) will create a dynamic and vibrant feel. Contrasting shapes, when using garden plants, will also provide a pleasant look to the garden. For example, a dwarf shrub hedged to be a round shape with a different plant, like a small agave plant or even sumac, gives a different feel and might inspire wonder and awe.
Perennials For Zone 11 you would like to use a plant that is more about looks with little to no maintenance, than the perennials known as ornamental grasses are an excellent choice. They are low maintenance, almost pest free, and above all, they look outstanding in any landscape attempt. Carex Evergold is one such plant that is perennial, deer resistant and loves the shade. It will work in the darkness oriented landscape. There are too many plants that could be used to achieve any desired look and combination. The only question that one must ask is which plants are wanted and how much time can be dedicated to caring for them. Envision the ideal landscape, and use these types of plants to achieve that vision.
Perennials For Zone 11
Rue anemone - Thalictrum thalictroides
The rue anemone is a member of the buttercup family. This flower, which typically reaches from 6 to 10 inches in height, features delicate-looking pink, white, or even slightly purple blossoms on the end of each stem. White coloration is more common in Eastern regions, while purple blooms dominate in the West. The flowers are about 1 inch in diameter. The stems of the plant are reddish-brown, and the leaves dark green. These flowers bloom in March and die back in June, making them temporary springtime plants. This makes them some of the earliest blooming garden flowers, as well as some of the longest-lived. In mid-summer, the plants die back to the roots and then bloom again next year. Rue anemones grow natively all across the Eastern half of the US and can live in Hardiness Zones 4 through 10. They thrive in soils that are mesic, or medium-moist. They can also grow in dry soils. Because they are native to forest landscapes, they require at least partial shade. This means between 20% and 100% shade per day. These flowers grow fast but have a remarkably long bloom time. They also produce flowers for years after they reach 2 or 3 years of age. This makes rue anemones a great addition to any garden. Planting them close together in clusters makes for a soft, graceful ground cover that also adds considerable visual appeal. They too do very well in woodsy areas where more shade-loving flowers will not grow, like deciduous forest patches. Their delicate appearance but tough demeanor make them the perfect flower to brighten up a humdrum treeline or forest around one's home. These beautiful flowers can be easily brought indoors as well, as they make excellent cut flowers. They have a vase life of 9 days. Anemones are easily raised from the seed.
Quaker Ladies, or Azure Bluets, are a lovely, perennial species of flower to add to your landscaping project, especially as low ground cover for taller blooming species or an accent underneath large trees. They are found in the forest wilds of North America from eastern Canada to Texas, and their pure, colorful beauty and tendency to reseed themselves make them a great addition to any flower garden.
These perennial flowers are hardy in zones 3 through 8. It thrives in moist soils with a slight acidity. Sandy or even rocky is best, but any standard potting soil will do. They enjoy the shade, so they make excellent ground cover under trees and taller bushes, though they can tolerate some direct sun, just not in the hottest part of the day. They also grow well among grasses so that they can spread into your lawn.
Houstonia caerulea, as the specific species is known, has a classic woodland flower look. Their stems can grow up to 8 inches tall with a single, bloom at the end of each stem. Those stems clump together to give the wildflowers their "bouquet" look. They flower mostly in the spring, but some blossoms will open until early fall.
The delicate flowers are about half to three-quarters of an inch wide. They vary in color from white to a light blue. Their central stamens are yellow, and four petals open from each bud. At the base of each stem is a cluster of small leaves, each about a half-inch long.
The best way to propagate them is to move the entire plant, including its roots, from one place to another on a cloudy day. They are great for lining walkways, surrounding stepping stones, and as accents to other woodland perennials. With its traditional, delicate look, adaptability to different soil and shade conditions, and its many uses, the Azure Bluet is a lovely, dynamic choice for your flower bed.
Blue Flag Iris - Iris versicolor/virginica
Blue flag iris is the name of two related species of iris. One is Iris versicolor, often called the northern blue flag or harlequin blue flag, and the other is Iris virginica, often called the southern blue flag. Both types are aquatic plants that grow from clumps of rhizomes. These irises are prevalent throughout the eastern United States, with I. virginica common from Virginia to Texas and I. Versicolor familiar from Tennessee up into Canada. Both types of iris are a lovely shade of blue and grow easily in wet soil conditions.
Northern blue flag grows in USDA plant hardiness zones 2-7, and southern blue flag grows in zones 5-9. Because the plants prefer swampy, muddy environments, these are excellent plants to have along pond borders or in areas with poorly draining soil. However, note that the plants shouldn't be in more than 4 inches of water. Blue flag irises are not considered invasive, so they're an excellent choice if you want iris plants in your garden but live in an area where the yellow iris is an invasive problem.
Both types of iris produce showy flowers in spring. The northern iris is generally purple or blue-purple, and the southern iris is a much more pronounced blue with white and yellow accents toward the interior edges of the petals. Both irises grow in clusters of long, green leaves and stems, which provide a bright, fresh color for any garden.
Northern blue flag is the bigger of the two, reaching a mature height of about 30 inches with blossoms that are about 4 inches across. Southern blue flag grows to about 24 inches with a 2-inch bloom. Both have the classic six-petal iris shape, with three larger, drooping petals and three smaller, upright petals, and both iris plants spread over about 3 feet of the ground.