Some evergreen accent plants I use in my garden are:
I had drooled - yes, drooled - over euphorbias in gardening books and magazines for years. They look so unusual, so unique. Finally, I was determined to have one. And, lo and behold, I found one at the most unusual place - WalMart. I wasn't even looking for it. In fact, I was just minding my own business, just casually walking through the garden center, not really looking for plants at all (you're believing me, right?), when -BAM- there it was!!!! Not only this one, which has such beautiful, exotic, dark foliage, but also 'Ascot Rainbow', which is a much lighter green. I wish I had bought more than just one each. Euphorbia 'Blackbird' is so unexpected - it makes you look!
|Ilex crenata 'Sky Pencil'
'Sky Pencil' hollies are unexpected because their growth habit is thin and tall - the Abraham Lincoln of hollies. Most other hollies get too wide to place near the front of a home, and many have those sharp-needled leaves, which make them a definite non-welcoming front garden evergreen. But 'Sky Pencil' holly is the wonderful exception. A great evergreen accent for anywhere in the garden.
Tomorrow we'll touch on edgings and ground covers. Oh, and if you missed the post on evergreen hedges, it's here.