Magazine article Sunset

Cheery New Entry

Magazine article Sunset

Cheery New Entry

Article excerpt

A lattice fence and well-chosen plants transform a yard

Plant lineup

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

Fence softeners

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

* Senecio greyi has graygreen leaves and yellow summer daisies.

* Spanish lavender (Lovendu/a stoechos Otto Quast') displays deep purple flower spikes in spring and early summer over gray-green foliage.

Accents

* Butterfly bush (Budclleja 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 Kakii' Japanese maple displays yellow leaves in fall and red branches in winter.

PHOTOGRAPHS BY CONNIE COLEMAN

Once the ugliest yard on the whole block, this entry garden in Bremerton, Washington, is now one of the most inviting, thanks to a significant relandscaping effort by owner John Paulsen. …

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