North Arlington ResidenceTraditional Landscape, DC Metro
Winding paths and drives lined with lush blooming plants give this project a feeling of privacy and create an escape from the busy Arlington suburbs. The north side of the property features a large paved terrace which serves as both the garage entry and a formal gathering space, giving the house a stately feeling. This space leads info a soft, sloping garden green surrounded by dense plantings.
Photo credit: ROGER FOLEY
What Houzz contributors are saying:
Add plants with white flowers or variegated foliage. Nothing brightens a shade garden like white flowers and foliage. While white doesn’t imitate sunlight quite as well as chartreuse, it is still very effective in giving the illusion of light. It is also particularly effective at dusk, when it seems to glow.What’s a shade garden without at least one hydrangea? Before buying your hydrangea, do some quick research on the types best suited for your location. The oakleafs and mopheads are better suited for shade, while the paniculatas require sun to reach their blooming potential. ‘Little Honey’ (Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Little Honey’, zones 5 to 9) combines the best attributes for our discussion in that it can take shade or partial sun, and has chartruese foliage and white flowers. Another one of my favorites is ‘Incrediball’ (Hydrangea arborescens ‘Abetwo’, zones 3 to 9). Its nondrooping 12-inch flower heads are real showstoppers. Some plants with variegated foliage for you to consider are largeleaf brunnera (Brunnera macrophylla, zones 3 to 8), ‘Patriot’ hosta (Hosta ‘Patriot’, zones 3 to 8), ‘River Mist’ Northern sea oats (Chasmanthium latifolium ‘River Mist’, zones 4 to 9), and ‘Floating Clouds’ redbud (Cercis canadensis ‘Floating Clouds’, zones 5 to 9).
1. ColorWhite-flowering plants have a wonderful glow in the evening garden. The bright colors of annuals and perennials that fill summer borders — reds, oranges and yellows — lose their intensity as light levels drop. White flowers, like these hydrangeas, reflect every scrap of light, making them appear brighter as other colors fade.