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Gardening Guide: Non-Stop Color & Interest

March 08, 2014

Following up on Robin’s Gardening for Non-Stop Color & Interest seminar, we’ve put together this gardening guide to help you grow a gorgeous garden with color and interest 365 days of the year. Included below are a few planting combination suggestions for sun and shade, books to augment your library, apps to buy for your smartphone or tablet, and links to great art that adds a bit of sparkle to the garden all year ’round.

Gardening guide: Non-stop Color Daphne

Variegated Evergreen Daphne ‘Mae-jima’ adds color & brightness to shade beds plus great fragrance.

Just a few Non-Stop Color Planting Combination Ideas…

Got Shade?
Try this gardening guide to simple planting beauty:

  • Brunnera ‘Jack Frost’, Bleeding Heart, Phlox ‘David’, Deer Fern, Cyclamen hederifolium
  • Climbing Hydrangea, Columbine, Daphne odora ‘Aureo-marginata’, Monkshood, Hardy Fuchsia, Sword Fern, Geranium macrorrhizum, Enkianthus, Japanese Painted Fern
  • Silk Tassel bush, Japanese Maple, Tuberous begonia, Maidenhair Fern, Beesia,
  • Autumn Fern, Evergreen huckleberry, Fuchsia speciosa, Japanese Forest Grass, Doronicum, Western Columbine

How about adding a few books to your library?

Got Sun?
Try one or more of these simple gardening guide combinations

  • David Viburnum, Purple Sage, Provence Lavender, Thymus ‘Foxley’
  • Manzanita, Carex testacea, Red Martin Euphorbia, Sedum ‘Angelina’
  • Shagbark or Paperbark Maple, Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’, Wooly Thyme
  • ‘Bountiful Blue’ Blueberry, Casablanca lilies, Pulsatilla vulgaris, Autumn crocus & Black Mondo Grass
  • Peony, Euonymus fortuneii & a big rock!
Gardening Guide: Dirr App

Screen Shot from Dirr’s Shrub & Tree Finder, Courtesy Timber Press

Use a Smartphone or Tablet?

Foolproof Plants for Small Gardens, Morrison
For purchase & download: iTunes | Google Play

Sunset Western Garden Guide (also available in print)
For purchase & download: iTunes | Google Play

Dirr’ Tree and Shrub Finder (also available in print)
For purchase & download: iTunes | Google Play

Consider adding art to shine all year long!

Glass Gardens NW

Updated 3/17/2017: Glass Gardens NW was sold to new owners in 2016. We have received a number of complaints following this sale, so we are no longer linking out to their website.


  1. Cat says:

    Since I lost both the Daph’s with the patio remodel (as predicted, they did not care for the transplant), I am wooed by that lovely photo…hmmmm, where to plant in the new design. thx for the great reminders of old fav’s and new updates!

  2. Enjoy! Cat – you must find a spot for an Azara. Ours is all cocoa-rific right now!

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