While we choose perennial plants and shrubs for their flowers a garden that does not also include foliage plants will look rather bare once the flowers have faded. The article quoted below is divided into four sections covering shrubs for height and texture, plants for a foliage garden, ground covers for creating blankets of color and plants and shrubs for year round interest. This comes from an article by Amy Andrychowicz which I found on the Savvy Gardening website.
When it comes to perennial gardens, people love to focus on flowering plants the most. But flowers only last a short time before they?fade, sometimes leaving gardens looking boring once the colorful blooms are gone. That?s why it?s important to focus on foliage first to add?tons of?color and texture.?Whether your garden is in full sun or a shady nook, you can add garden shrubs and plants for a foliage garden that looks amazing!
Creating gorgeous gardens doesn?t have to be difficult. It?s actually pretty easy when you focus on mixing in colorful plants and shrubs, rather than just focusing on the flowers. By grouping plants with different foliage colors,?textures and sizes, your gardens will become much more interesting and beautiful. Heck, you could create an entire garden area using nothing but plants with colorful foliage. Nobody would even notice the lack of flowers.?Think of the flowers as an added bonus.
Go to the next page to learn about ways to add contrast and color into a perennial garden.