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Warm bed in the shade
Photo by Tish Treherne

Warm bed in the shade

Tish Treherne's garden on Bainbridge Island, Washington, features a variety of warm colors that do well in the shade.

Plants like Spiraea japonica ‘Goldflame,’ Acorus gramineus ‘Ogon’ (foreground) and a grassy Deschampsia flexuosa ‘Aurea’ carry their hues throughout the border for overall harmony.

Acer palmatum ‘Bloodgood’ arches over the top: “I particularly like trees whose bright red or orange fall color floats above blue or chartreuse foliage,” says the designer.

Design: Tish Treherne, Bliss Garden Design (206/799-0897)

 

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