I tease my wife about her love for annuals and color spots in the garden and how one day, I will replace them all with conifers! In all honesty though, there are some really great plants that complement my conifers very well. And hey, I love color as much as the next guy, but I love a low-maintenance garden even more. Those pesky annuals and perennials can be so much work. There is one perennial in particular that is just a perfect partner for my conifers though, and that is Hosta. There are literally hundreds of different cultivars available (just like conifers) and they come in a wide assortment of plant size, leaf shape and size, color and variegations (again, just like conifers). But, unlike conifers, my Hostas fall asleep every winter and disappear from my garden until spring.
Tsuga canadensis ‘Moon Frost’ is a fantastic conifer to plant amongst the hostas in my garden. Its variegated green and white foliage is complementary with the greens and whites and yellows and blues of my hosta (and other conifers). It also grows in the same shady areas providing a welcome glow to what can otherwise be a dreary place – especially in winter when the Hosta have all fallen fast asleep. And on top of it all, it is virtually maintenance free!
‘Moon Frost’ quickly became one of my favorite conifers several years ago, and it is still very high on my list of “must have” garden plants!
Many thanks to the good folks at Iseli Nursery for the photo links!