Many varieties of shrubs make excellent foundation plants. Plant breeders have achieved amazing advances with shrubs in colour, texture and form.

Japanese forest grass
Japanese forest grass
Japanese Forest Grass (Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’) – Zone 5: This is a Japanese woodland native and although slow to establish, is a superb addition to the dry shade garden. Once it reaches maturity, it makes an outstanding specimen. The leaves are bamboo-like, variegated bright gold and green so very showy in the shade. The most appealing feature of this grass is its graceful, cascading habit. Leaves may highlight with pink or red with the onset of colder temperatures. It can tolerate morning sun and in cool summer regions, even full sun. Looks amazing in mixed containers too.
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