I got a message on my Facebook page today from someone asking me to identify a plant they saw in a photo of a garden that I designed in a recent issue of Sunset. As is oftentimes the case, it can be hard for me to identify plants without seeing a copy of the exact photo that she might be looking at, but I thought I'd give it a shot by looking in my photo files of that client's garden.
She was asking about a white-variegated plant with bold foliage and this certainly fits that description. While I don't think it's the plant she was looking to have ID'ed (I'll have to keep looking for that), I've always loved this combo and I thought you might like it too. I find this foliage-driven, mostly-monochromatic scheme to be elegant and sophisticated. The addition of the bold, white variegated foliage of the Fatsia adds sparkle and drama. Though not evident in this photo, the Podocarpus adds a lot of changing color to the mix; it takes on bronze tones in winter and its new growth is creamy aging to pink.
Plants, back to front: Fatsia japonica 'Spider's Web', Podocarpus alpinus 'County Park Fire', Astelia 'Westand' (though could possibly be A. 'Red Gem' which I'm using more frequently than 'Westland' at this point).