A picket fence, arbor, and concrete walk define a space that has potential, but a patch of grass and a skimpy shrub don’t make much of an impression.
For a delicious mix, pair berry plants with shrubs, roses, perennials, and annuals. Start with a colorful mix of woody perennial plants that excel in the South: hibiscus, rose, and butterfly bush. These hardy options provide no-fuss color, structure, and texture for a small garden. Vinca is a low-care addition in front. For a flash of newness every season, insert pockets of bulbs and favorite annuals in the sprawling groundcover.
A) Blackberry, Zones 5-8
B) Knock Out rose (Rosa spp.), Zones 4-9
C) Blue rug juniper (Juniperus horizontalis), Zones 3-9
D) Purple butterfly bush (Buddleja davidii), Zones 6-9
E) Gaura (Gaura lindheimeri), Zones 6-9
F) Rose mallow (Hibiscus moscheutos), Zones 5-10
G) Boxwood (Buxus sempervirens ‘Wintergreen’), Zones 6-8
H) Coreopsis (Coreopsis grandiflora), Zones 4-9
I) Vinca (Vinca minor), Zones 4-9
J) Blueberry (Vaccinium spp.), Zones 2-8, depending on species
(Variety availability may vary by market and season.)