Photo: Linda Oyama Bryan
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7. Be Strategic with Plants

The landscape planting plan revolves around a variety of easy-care plants. Perennials planted in the main beds come back every year and quickly grow to fill empty space. Plants with varying leaf sizes add texture and interest. The wide leaves of green, blue, and variegated hostas contrast with Japanese forest grass's strappy chartreuse foliage. Flowering shrubs such as hydrangea and viburnum provide color during the growing season and then turn rich rosy and burnished hues in autumn.

Shown: Pickerelweed, an aquatic plant, grows at the pond's edge. Its purple-blue flower spikes attract butterflies.
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