Woven willow fences, made by Bay Area craftsman Neil Curry of the Willow Farm, frame graveled outdoor rooms that are shielded from the intense sun by roof panels of the same willow.
Work some of these subtle beauties into your landscape for year-round appeal and less tending than a complex flower bed.
1. Lamb's Ear
This velvety plant is a garden classic; 'Big Ears' has large, floppy leaves.
Nepeta's crinkled leaves hold their own even without the blue flowers.
3. Sweet Bay
In areas colder than Zone 8, try cherry laurel instead of this hedging plant.
Blue-green leaves support chartreuse flowers in late spring and early summer.
5. Greek Horehound
The scalloped foliage of ballota remains sturdy in the hottest weather.
It's easy to clip this fast-growing silvery germander into a tight ball.
With its soft needlelike leaves, this fragrant plant forms a natural ball shape.
Choose 'Little Ollie' for its compact habit and willingness to be shaped.
The felted-looking leaves of this achillea almost outshine its tiny flowers.
Cut back these herbs yearly. Try 'Grosso' and 'Hidcote Giant' for impressive displays.
12. Oak-Leaf Hydrangea
This shrub has creased foliage and white flowers that turn pink in fall.
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