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Cherry red zinnias (Zin­nia ‘Benary’s Giant Deep Red’, annual) pick up the same bright color from the center of the dark red leaves of a coleus (Solenostemon scutellarioides ‘Kingwood Torch’, USDA Hardiness Zone 11) and reflect it upward to meet the bowing plumes of a red amaranth (Amaranthus cru­entus ‘Polish’, annual).

Green-Leaf Wax Begonia | White flower. Nice with Green/white caladium and Ivy (possibly lamium)

Lilyturf (Liriope) is an easy-to-grow favorite shade plant. Loved for its grassy foliage and spikes of blue or white flowers in late summer, as well as its resistance to deer and rabbits, lilyturf is practically a plant-it-and-forget garden resident. It grows best in Zones 5-10 and grows a foot tall. Test Garden Tip: Lilyturf can be a fast, almost aggressive spreader when it's happy. Top Picks: 'Majestic' offers narrower leaves and deep purple-blue flowers; 'Silver Dragon' offers boldly…

Tongkruiskruid, Donkerbladig kruiskruid (Ligularia dentata 'Britt-Marie Crawford') - p9 - De Tuinen van Appeltern

The use of cascading, soft textured conifers give a light, airy feel, while defininf each plants individual qualities. Dramatic contrast.