No one knows just how many Japanese maple varieties there are out there in the world but one thing is for sure–there are a lot! Some like the sun. Others prefer shade. As for gorgeous red varieties, a few we love are: Emperor 1, Sumi Nagashi, Bloodgood, Villa Taranto and Crimson Queen.
Not only is this variety of sage aromatic, it's also a great sub-shrub to add height and a pop of bright red color to sunny areas of your garden. It can grow up to 4 feet tall and three feet wide.
Emerald Gaiety Wintercreeper
The Wintercreeper is a low mounded shrub that's perfect for bordering your garden. It's a semi-evergreen which means it will only loose it's leaves for a short amount of time.
Coneflower (also known as Echinacea) is the perfect white (or pink) flower for going green. Why is that?–you might ask. Coneflowers are natives which means they thrive in our soil, humidity and temperatures, so little water and little maintenance is needed for these peaceful little blooms.
Hydrangeas are a Southern staple and one of America's favorite flowering shrubs. Although they aren't so pretty in the winter, their bountiful blue, white, purple or pink blooms are perfect for picking in the spring. Try the Endless Summer variety for blooms all summer!
Lily of the Nile
Looking for something spectacular? The Lily of the Nile is sure to be a conversation-starter! It's showy blue, clustered blooms will stick around for about 4-6 weeks in early summer and add close to two feet in height to your garden.