By: Garden Gate staff
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Beautiful burgundy backdrop
Since foliage often lasts longer than flowers, use it as a backdrop to make sure your blooms really stand out.
The lacy, delicate leaves of ‘Crimson Queen’ Japanese maple are a good-looking background for the other plants here. ‘Blue Paradise’ garden phlox has red-tinged new growth, adding another bit of color to this spring combo. In summer, its blue-violet flowers will pop against the surrounding dark foliage.
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The unique cup-shaped flowers of calla lily are striking, but this gorgeous flower isn’t that difficult to grow. It even tolerates very wet conditions, like at the edge of a pond.
A – ‘Crimson Queen’ Japanese maple (Acer palmatum dissectum) Tree; burgundy foliage in spring and summer, turns crimson in the fall; full sun to part shade; 8 to 10 ft. tall, 10 to 12 ft. wide; cold-hardy in USDA zones 5 to 8, heat-tolerant in AHS zones 8 to 1
B – ‘Ebony Pearl’ rhododendron (Rhododendron) Shrub; rose-pink flowers in spring; foliage emerges bronze-red and turns burgundy-black; part sun; 4 to 6 ft. tall, 6 to 8 ft. wide; cold-hardy in USDA zones 6 to 9, heat-tolerant in AHS zones 9 to 1
C – Calla lily (Zantedeschia aethiopica) Tender perennial; white flowers in spring and summer; full sun to part shade; 24 to 36 in. tall, 18 to 24 in wide; cold-hardy in USDA zones 8 to 10, heat-tolerant in AHS zones 11 to 1
D – ‘Blue Paradise’ garden phlox (Phlox paniculata) Perennial; blue-violet flowers with red eye in summer; new leaves are red before turning green; full sun to part shade; 36 to 48 in. tall, 18 to 24 in. wide; cold-hardy in USDA zones 4 to 8, heat-tolerant in AHS zones 8 to 1