Foliage keeps this border looking good nearly all year. Wine-red Cordyline ‘Design-a-Line Burgundy’, silvery green Astelia chathamica x nervosa ‘Silver Shadow’, plum- hued Loropetalum chinense ‘Purple Pixie’, and yellow-green Carex ‘Everillo’ cluster in the foreground; reddish nandinas brighten the back. The apricot- flowered Digiplexis ‘Illumination Flame’ is a dramatic accent. DESIGN Johanna Silver, Lauren Dunec Hoang
3 pro gardening secrets you need to know: DO opt for easy-care shrubs- Tough shrubs bring color to this border in Sunset's Test Garden in Menlo Park, California. The plants, which thrive on little summer water and require no irrigation in winter, include variegated Cistus corbariensis 'Little Miss Sunshine', flecked with white blooms; bronze-tinged Abelia 'Kaleidoscope'; and red-tinged Nandina domes-tica'Obsession', fringed with cool blue fescue (Festuca glauca 'Beyond Blue').