12 ideas from The New Sunset Western Garden Book

The plants you’ll want to grow this year, plus great gardening ideas from our 2012 edition

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Go wild with foliage
Photo by Davis Dalbok / Living Green

Go wild with foliage

To make an all-foliage vignette really come alive, combine plants of various leaf sizes, shapes, colors, and textures. In this Hawaii garden, the smooth, coffee- and apricot-hued leaves of ti plants (Cordyline fruticosa) contrast with a blue fan palm’s corrugated fronds and elephant’s ear’s wavy green leaves. Mounded red and green tillandsias add punch in the foreground. Design: Davis Dalbok, Living Green, San Francisco (livinggreen.com) 


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