Add interest to a garden pathway with this colorful planting around an arbor.
If you’ve ever seen a structure set in a lawn without a few plants around it, you know how lonely it can look. It needs the plantings to tie it to the rest of the garden. This arbor is a transition separating one area of the garden from another. A gently winding path, as well as beds filled with interesting and colorful plants, encourage folks to slow down and enjoy the journey.
An arbor becomes a focal point, but keep it simple so it won’t distract too much from the garden around it.
Place a single juniper near the arbor to make sure the structure has an interesting companion, even in the dead of winter.
Use a container to add importance to a plant. Repeat one of the New Zealand flax from the garden and elevate it in a tall container. Even though it’s smaller, it’s sure to be noticed before the ones in the ground.
Type Shrub Blooms Frosty white flowers from late spring into fall; easily pruned Light Full sun Size 18 to 24 in. tall, 24 to 36 in. wide Cold-hardy USDA zones 3 to 9
Helenium (Helenium Mardi Gras ‘Helbro’)
Type Perennial Blooms 1 to 2 in. diameter flowers in rusty shades of red, orange and yellow from mid- to late summer Light Full sun Size 30 to 40 in. tall, 18 to 24 in. wide Cold-hardy USDA zones 3 to 8
New Zealand flax (Phormium tenax ‘Atropurpureum’)
Type Tender perennial Blooms Dark burgundy swordlike leaves Light Full sun to part shade Size 3 to 5 ft. tall, 2 to 4 ft. wide Cold-hardy USDA zones 8 to 11
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