Playing off the modern look of a corrugated tin background, I decided to let bright pink ti plants and hibiscus hybrids show off interesting pink and white leaves. They will eventually grow straight up, (I will stake the hibiscus) staying off the path and against the silver toned wall.
For the middle layer I planted sage green and white 'Aaron' caladiums for a pop of contrast, and some Alocasia 'California' elephant ear rhizomes to echo the plantings around the rest of the garden. They grow upright and will help hide the shed's foundation.
Beneath these plantings are pink pentas and chartreuse sweet potato vine. The sweet potato vine brightens the edge of the path, spreading its electric leaves throughout the gaps while the garden fills in.
In the corner to the right of the shed, I've planted other bold tropicals; split leaf philodendron, California elephant ear and ice cream banana. These will soften the 'jutting' effect of the shed and create a rich and jungly feel, but to keep it from being too dense I've allowed at least a foot between the wall of the laundry room for easy access.
It might not look like much now since many of the ti plants are just canes and the Alocasias are still underground, but once the plantings fill in I'll be sure to give a progress report!
Here are the plants that I planted in front of the tin shed:
Cordyline fruticosa 'Red Sister'
Hibiscus acetosella 'Haight Ashbury'
Hibiscus rosa-sinensis variegata 'Snowflake'
Ipomoea batatas 'Marguerite'
Alocasia odora 'California'
Pentas lanceolata hybrid
|The broader view|
|Snowflake hibiscus could be grown for the foliage alone!|
|Hibiscus acetosella 'Haight Ashbury's intricate leaves stand out against the tin background.|
|Pink pentas are the flowers in a foliage dominated planting.|
|With the exception of the hibiscus.|
|It isn't a garden until a lizard's moved in.|