8. Focus on Foliage as much as Flowers
Blossoms may seem like the star of the garden, but dramatic foliage plants can
be just as effective—and they present opportunities for bold color hard to find
in flowers themselves. The burgundy hues in this multistemmed smoke bush and the coral bells around its base make for a stunning focal-point planting. And whereas blooms come and go during the growing season, these foliage plants will stand as a strong visual anchor from spring to fall. Making the effect doubly striking is the way the forms balance each other: the ball-like clusters of foliage, which sit atop multiple upright stems, are grounded by one low mound of leaves.