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Great Plant Picks: Focus on Foliage

Articles: Great Plant Picks: Focus on Foliage

Rodgersia podophylla. Author’s photographs, except as noted; all photographs courtesy Great Plant Picks

The value of foliage cannot be underestimated in the gardener’s quest to create a livable and inviting landscape. Great Plant Picks is dedicated to helping the gardening public find the most reliable plants for the maritime Pacific Northwest. Over the last ten years the selection committee has developed a wonderful palette of outstanding foliage plants for gardeners from Salem, Oregon to Vancouver, British Columbia.

From stately trees to dramatic bulbs, selections from the Great Plant Picks (GPP) that are notable for their superior foliage comprise a rich array of evergreen and deciduous plants. When considering plants for their foliage effects, it is important to think about texture as well as color and seasonal interest. For instance, the boldly textured, mayapple-like leaves of Rodgersia podophylla bestow eye-catching drama to a garden vignette, whereas the thin, wispy blades of compact Japanese silver grass (Miscanthus sinensis ‘Yaku Jima’) soften the focus and lend a sense of grace through their gen...

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