Cheery new entry

A lattice fence and well-chosen plants transform a yard

Cheery new entry
Photo: Connie Coleman


A mix of perennials, shrubs, and small trees provides year-round texture and seasonal color.


Variegated potato vine (Solanum jasminoides 'Variegatum') bears white flowers throughout the year and gold-and-green leaves.

Senecio greyi has gray-green leaves and yellow summer daisies.

Spanish lavender (Lavendula stoechas 'Otto Quast') displays deep purple flower spikes in spring and early summer over gray-green foliage.


Butterfly bush (Buddleja davidii) carries dark green leaves with white undersides and spikes of fragrant purple flowers in summer.

New Zealand flax (Phormium tenax 'Rubrum') brandishes swordlike maroon leaves.

Rosa chinensis 'Mutabilis', a China rose, has single blooms in shades of buff, pink, and red from spring into winter.

'Sango Kaku' Japanese maple displays yellow leaves in fall and red branches in winter.

More: 20 inspiring garden paths


  • Cheery new entry

    Totally exposed, the old front yard consisted of a sickly lawn.

Most Popular

  1. 10 raised bed garden ideas

    Get instructions for the ultimate planting box for your veggies. Plus: More ideas for raised bed gardens
  2. 20 favorite perennial flowers
  3. 20 colorful plants for shade gardens
  4. 53 favorite backyard projects
  5. 24 Best Places to Live and Work 2014