Generally, in the plant world, anything cool, unusual, for shade, or variegated is astronomically priced, so generally far too expensive for me to enjoy. When I do find something cool or unusual, I tend to buy small and let things grow to save money.
One easy trick I have used for some variety in the garden is to incorporate "yellow" plants. There are many easily affordable plants with beautiful yellow foliage and they really do pop in the flower beds. On a cloudy evening like last night when I took these pictures, they still shine.
|Hosta 'Fire Island' - To die for right?|
|Choisya ternata 'Sundance' (Mexican Golden Orange Blossom)|
|Sedum repestre 'Angelina' - Angelina can be a bit of a rampaging thug, but it is easy to pull out.|
|Euonymous japonicus aureeo-marginatus|
|Tradescantia 'Unique Gold' (Golden Spiderwort) - I admit it, I sometimes garden with champagne too!|
|Berberis thunbergii 'Sunjoy Gold' (Gold Pillar Barberry)|
|Heuchera 'Harvest Lemon Chiffon' (Coral Bells)|