About the Sedums: These perennial plants enjoy gritty, fast-draining soil, and must have full hot sun. They're really desert plants, so give them sharp drainage. (Sedums are often called Succulents, due to their thickened moisture-retentive leaves, and yes, the short ones include the famous Hen and Chicks from grandmothers garden.)Once Sedums are established, you've assured yourself of loads of perennial interest for the later months when most garden flowers are gone.
Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola' (Hakone Grass)
One of the most superb ornamental grasses, Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola' (Hakone Grass) is a very beautiful golden variegated grass. Its foliage forms attractive mounds of gracefully arching, shiny leaves that ripple in the slightest breeze. The leaves are almost entirely variegated with gold longitudinal stripes that take chartreuse colors in the shade and turn brighter in the sun. Bringing alive any garden area, its foliage provides outstanding fall color when it changes to exquisite…
Sedum makinoi 'Ogon' (Golden Japanese Stonecrop) | World of Succulents
Sedum makinoi 'Ogon' (Golden Japanese Stonecrop) is a tiny-leaved, spreading groundcover that is noted for its bright gold foliage. It...
Hosta 'Patriot' (Plantain Lily)
Among the most popular variegated hostas ever introduced, Hosta 'Patriot' (Plantain Lily) is a clump-forming perennial forming a divinely eye-catching mound of large, ovate-shaped, satiny, dark green leaves adorned with irregular ivory margins. Racemes of funnel-shaped, lavender-blue flowers appear in summer on scapes rising well above the foliage mound to 34 in. tall (85 cm). A moderate to fast grower, 'Patriot' adds great color to the shady borders and containers.
Clematis 'Etoile Violette' (Viticella Group)
Bred in 1885, Clematis 'Etoile Violette' is one of the long-established favorites. This outstanding deciduous vine produces masses of small, nodding, dark violet-purple flowers, up to 4 in. wide (10 cm), with a creamy boss of stamens. Each flower bears 4 to 6 broad, velvety petals that are well-spaced. You will see very little of its fresh green foliage once the plant gets into bloom, so great is the outpouring of purple flowers! 'Etoile Violette' is a member of the small-flowered 'summer'…