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Our Ultra Top Secret Core Plant List is Taking Shape

Jan 18

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Our core plant list helps create a look that defines Miller Landscape. It becomes a part of the image of our company. We are company that defines our value through quality, experience and service. We stand behind our work and offer warranties on almost every service we provide.

With that in mind, it's important to select plants that are hardy, reliable, and that have superior visual characteristics. This ensures that our customers will get plants that look good and we won't have to worry about replacing them.

There is an abundance of unique specimens that we use when the situation is right, but our foundation plants are the key to setting the stage and creating the look and feel our customer desires. With that said, here are some of the plants we consider to be excellent core foundation plants:

'Green Gem' Boxwood is a shapely, attractive broad leaf evergreen shrub that is excellent for use in hedge rows, containers, or as shapely specimen. It is hardy, reliable, and creates a great foreground or background for specimens and colorful plants. Try it in front of hydrangeas or behind colorful perennials like coneflowers.

Japanese Forest Grass, Hakonechloa, is not well known like boxwood but it is a remarkable foliage plant in a shade garden. It comes in three different varieties, our favorite variety being 'All Gold'. Many shade loving plants have large leafs to capture more sunlight and this creates excellent foliage contrast when combined with the thin leaves of the forest grasses. All three varieties have some chartreuse/yellow in them, the all gold being solid chartreuse. They can offer a real bright spot when grown by darker hostas, coral bell, and various evergreens. As a bonus the leaves fade to a pale brown and remain through much of the winter months, swaying in the breeze and adding winter interest.

'Happy Returns' Daylily is an excellent perennial for summer color. It's comparable to its more popular cousin, the 'Stella D'Oro' Daylily with its extended bloom time and similar size, but with two main differences. 'Happy Returns' has a paler, more yellow flower than the orange/yellow Stella. It also has wider, more traditional looking daylily leaves. We like 'Happy Returns' because it combines better with some other favorites such as lavender. The softer yellow blends better with the soft lavender flowers. The lighter yellow also shows up a little better when they are being shaded.

'Blue Angel' Hosta is another favorite in the shade garden. We choose Blue Angel for it's outstanding blue foliage, massive leaves, hardiness, and relative deer resistance. It looks outstanding in mass plantings or in mixed hosta gardens. If you like hostas, try combining 'Sum and Substance' hosta, a similarly large leaved hosta that has chartreuse leaves, 'Blue Angel', and 'Fire and Ice' hosta, a medium white and green variegated variety, in a shade garden for outstanding results.

Hopefully this is helpful for those of you looking for great plants to add to your gardens. As always, if you are interested in having our landscape professionals come out and help you improve your property, let us know!

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