12 Landscaping Mistakes that Pros Have Made and Learned From

For years, Amos planted flowers almost exclusively. The problem is, once they finish blooming, they leave behind a lot of green and that makes for a very boring landscape. Now she plans her beds around interesting foliage so that once the flowers are gone, foliar colors, shapes, and textures carry the garden through the rest of the season. “I like to break up the bright green by planting varieties that have gold, silver, dark, or variegated foliage,” she says, citing black lace elderberry, coleus, hosta, and heuchera. “I also look for plants with fuzzy or lacy leaves, such as artemesia, lamb’s ear, and tri-color culinary sage.”

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