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Name: Cosette
Idaho (Zone 4b)
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PutteringinIdaho
Mar 17, 2019 7:48 PM CST
I'm wanting to add more green to my flower heavy beds. What perennials do you admire for their foliage? Please limit suggestions to plants that look good all summer. Specifically, I'm looking for something about 2' tall with a rounded shape that likes full sun and is hardy in zone 5a.

I'll start by sharing the few that I've used successfully.

Lady's Mantle
Columbine (I grow a cultivar called 'long spurred yellow' that has bushy foliage that stays nice)
Peony
Siberian iris
variegated iris
grasses
alpine strawberries (pretty leaves with a bonus snack for the gardener)
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Name: kathy
Michigan (Zone 4b)
Zone 4b, near St. Clair MI
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katesflowers
Mar 19, 2019 7:33 PM CST
How about Hosta? So many varities to choose from.
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Name: Cosette
Idaho (Zone 4b)
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PutteringinIdaho
Mar 19, 2019 11:07 PM CST
I love hostas! Unfortunately, they tend to burn for me. I have lots of sun and high elevation.
Ireland (Zone 9a)
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Aphria
Mar 20, 2019 2:30 AM CST
What about some ornamental grasses to compliment the flowers and add movement?
Taos, New Mexico (Zone 5b)
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Henderman
Mar 21, 2019 12:55 PM CST
You might look into Caryopteris incana. Short, round, easy to care for, drought tolerant and looks good all year. I've got a few "Blue Mist" that are doing well.

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