I like to use evergreens and perennials as much as possible in my residential landscape designs so that yards look good year-round and maintenance remains minimal. (Annuals, on the other hand, must be replaced each year.) On this project, I used plenty of coastal grasses and sabal minors (look like dwarf Palmetto trees) to create a permanent Lowcountry motif around the walkway. For flowers, I used encore azaleas (evergreens that, unlike traditional azaleas, bloom throughout the growing season) and two kinds of hydrangeas (both perennial shrubs). New green sod, contrasting brown mulch, and lighter ornamental stones brought everything together.
Seth Mason, Charleston SC