Every garden has places that can be improved by clever planting and this is where these screen plants come into their own. For example a bare fence can look rather uninspiring, but an attractive plant growing in front will transform the scene. The ten plants described in this article by Melinda Myers which I found on the Birds and Blooms website include native grasses and perennial flowers.
Never underestimate the value of great border plants. They can dress up a bare fence, create a colorful screen and add a bit of needed color next to your house or shed. For the best results, use a mix of plants. Add options that provide color from spring through fall, and that range in height. In addition, include plants with fine foliage and flowers to contrast with the bold leaves and blooms of neighboring plants. It?s time to conquer those edges!
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Paeonia,?Zones 3 to 8
Add three seasons of charm with this old-fashioned favorite. Known for their large and often-fragrant flowers, the foliage also provides interest for multiple seasons. Watch as the leaves emerge with a reddish tint in spring, turn deep green for summer and finish off the season with purplish red shade in fall. Select varieties with stiff stems that do not need staking, like buckeye belle.
Why we love it:?It?s a long-lived, low-maintenance perennial for sunny borders.
Salvia nemorosa ?Caradonna,?Zones 3 to 9
The fragrant green foliage is topped with spikes of indigo flowers on purple-black stems in early summer. Deadhead faded flowers for additional bloom throughout the summer. Though it prefers full sun and moist, well-drained soil, it will tolerate drought, heat and humidity.
Why we love it:?It brings those hummingbirds and butterflies out to the border where we can get a closer look.
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