The purple leaves of the barberry and bugleweed offer a nice contrast to surrounding flowers and green foliage. Northern sea oats provide nearly year-round interest.
Plant List: (A) Japanese barberry 'Bailtwo'. (B) Garden phlox 'David'. (C) Bugleweed 'Bronze Beauty'. (D) Northern sea oats. (E) Fountain grass 'Hameln'. (F) Blackberry lily. (G) Daylily 'Happy Returns'.
Northern sea oats is one of several ornamental grasses included in this design. They provide nearly year-round interest and their height makes an attractive foil for shorter plants.
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