the area in these photos is at the very back side of my yard. large philodendron serve as the backdrop and what I call the anchors visually. they grow the tallest and fullest of all the varieties i've combined in this planting. next i have a layer of snow bush and in front of them plumbago. with each variety being a slight bit shorter than the one before it creates a pleasing affect from any angle. with a mixture of color, size and texture the monotony is relieved and it all comes together with a cohesiveness visual appeal. next is variegated dwarf schefflera with some red sister draceana mixed in and finally, english ivy as ground cover.
This planting is divided by a natural pathway as well as a pathway of stones and then fronted by a very extensive bed surrounding three large oaks which consists of draceana, crotons, ferns, ginger, xanadu, bromeliads, impatiens, pentas, caladiums and finally the perimeter bordered by well over 200 variegated liriope.
for the most part these plants are fairly maintenance free. aside from keeping weeds out and some occasional trimming, this area is relatively easy to keep up with. last week i spent a couple of mornings taking advantage of the cooler hours we've been having to do some tidying up of summer overgrowth. as you can see the snow bush and the plumbago had overstepped their bounds and the philodendron needed some major attention.