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A flaming Acer palmatum ‘Bloodgood’ arches over this border on Bainbridge Island, Washington. Beneath its canopy, Heuchera ‘Blackout’ repeats the tree’s red highlights and adds punch beside a pale green sedum and coppery Carex flagellifera. The filler plants, listed below, add contrasts of color, texture, and scale.
- Hair grass (Deschampsia flexuosa). Fine-textured grass sports airy clouds of pale yellow-green flowers in summer. It grows 1 to 2 feet high and wide.
- Japanese sweet flag (Acorus gramineus ‘Ogon’). Small, grasslike perennial, 1 foot high, has golden yellow, narrow leaves.
- Spirea (S. japonica ‘Goldflame’). Foliage on this upright deciduous shrub starts out bronze but matures to yellowish green, turning reddish orange in fall. It grows to 2 1/2 feet high and wide.