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Who’d have thought that that the normally-silvery leaves of ‘Berggarten’ sage (above left) could be any brighter? Apparently it’s possible, though, with a touch of frost. The crystalline coating also does wonders in bringing out the crinkly texture of ‘Redbor’ kale foliage (above right). Below, the blooms of ‘Mei-Kyo’ somehow escaped the chill that coated the catmint (Nepeta) right next to it.
Topped with a touch of frost, the ball-shaped seedheads of Rudbeckia fulgida var. fulgida show off against the bleached stems of seed-grown little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium)–below left–and the more russet foliage of the cultivar ‘The Blues’–below right.
Below, a coating of frost softens the contrast between a purple-leaved Lysimachia congestiflora and already-silvery ‘Big Ears’ lamb’s ears (Stachys byzantina).
And to finish, a subdued but still colorful combination of an unnamed Japanese maple (Acer palmatum) underplanted with seersucker sedge (Carex plantaginea), and a monochromatic melange of woolly thyme (Thymus pseudolanuginosus), lavender, and a frosty-nosed bunny. Brrr.