Mediterranean Garden in San Anselmo, CAMediterranean Landscape, San Francisco

A tapestry of color and texture that includes Stachys ' Big Ears, Snow-in-Summer, Penstemon 'Margarita BOP', Breath of Heaven and New Zealand Flax. Landscape Design and Photo: © Eileen Kelly, Dig Your Garden Landscape Design, Colorful plant combinations and groupings along a decomposed pathway in a San Anselmo garden in northern California. Phormiums, native Penstemon, Snow in Summer, Lambs Ears and other colorful plants create a beautiful low-water tapestry of plant groupings at the home's front entrance. Photo and Design: © Eileen Kelly, Dig Your Garden Landscape Design

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isamenton wrote:Sep 14, 2012
  • dfoxart

    what color DG did you use? it's much lighter than the reddish one.

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    Dig Your Garden Landscape Design

    dfoxart, the DG is a beige color, I don't recall the name. DG availability and colors vary from landscape yard to landscape yard, as do their names. My suggestion is to visit your local yard and see what they stock.

plantsrus2012 wrote:Sep 7, 2012
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    LANDesignNYC

    FOREGROUND plant is likely a lambs-ear of some type (Stachys)


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laurendunec
Lauren Dunec Design added this to 12 Fire-Wise Plants to Help Protect Your Home and GardenJul 26, 2018

8. Lamb’s Ears(Stachys byzantina)Native to Turkey and Iran, lamb’s ears forms clumps of fuzzy, silvery leaves 1½ feet tall and 3 feet wide. Plant along borders, in mixed perennial beds and as pathway edgers. This relatively low-growing plant is considered fire-wise if maintained properly. Divide mounds in early spring and routinely clean up dead undergrowth. Caution: Lamb’s ears can be an aggressive spreader and can become invasive in some areas.Where it will grow: Hardy to minus 30 degrees Fahrenheit, or minus 34.4 degrees Celsius (zones 4 to 9); may not tolerate summers that are very hot and humidWater requirement: ModerateLight requirement: Part sun to full sunLearn how to grow lamb’s ears

laurendunec
Lauren Dunec Design added this to California Gardener’s November ChecklistOct 20, 2017

Clean up perennials. Pull out dead leaves and rotting stems on plants like lamb’s ears (Stachys byzantina ‘Big Ears’), shown here, snow in summer (Cerastium tomentosum) and other perennials that are starting to look shabby. For plants like New Zealand flax (Phornium spp.), use this as an opportunity to reduce their size, cutting back outer strappy leaves all the way to the base. Divide clumping perennials, such as asters, daylilies and yarrow, by digging up the root ball and gently cutting the plant into multiple smaller clumps, each with a few stalks and leaves, and then replanting the clumps.

laurendunec
Lauren Dunec Design added this to 8 Colorful Drought-Tolerant Landscape DesignsJun 21, 2017

6. Cottage-style border in Marin County. This pastel border in a garden in San Anselmo, Northern California, looks far lusher than most low-water landscapes, thanks to masses of foliage and flowers. Broad-leaved lamb’s ears (Stachys byzantina ‘Big Ears’, zones 4 to 9) forms a luxurious mass of fuzzy foliage in front of mounds of cottage-garden favorites snow in summer (Cerastium tomentosum, zones 3 to 7), lavender and ‘Margarita BOP’ foothill penstemon (Penstemon heterophyllus ‘Margarita BOP’, zones 6 to 10). The dark burgundy foliage of a large New Zealand flax (Phormium sp., zones 8 to 11) at the back of the bed adds dark color contrast and structural interest. The plants pictured would thrive in full sun and with low water once established.

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firefly12
firefly12 added this to Landscapes, Gardens and PatiosSep 3, 2019

Pretty combination of border plants.

dianemabel
dianemabel added this to dianemabel's IdeasAug 13, 2019

Broad-leaved lamb’s ears (Stachys byzantina ‘Big Ears’, zones 4 to 9) forms a luxurious mass of fuzzy foliage in front of mounds of cottage-garden favorites snow in summer (Cerastium tomentosum, zones 3 to 7), lavender and ‘Margarita BOP’ foothill penstemon (Penstemon heterophyllus ‘Margarita BOP’, zones 6 to 10). The dark burgundy foliage of a large New Zealand flax (Phormium sp., zones 8 to 11) at the back of the bed adds dark color contrast and structural interest. The plants pictured would thrive in full sun and with low water once established.

shenton23
DAVID added this to shenton23's ideasJul 27, 2019

Like plant in front especially.

tinapbrooks
tinapbrooks added this to LandscapingJul 16, 2019

Foreground Plant Stachys byzantina 'Helen von Stein', known as "Big Ears"

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