Contorted Hazelnut. This shrub or small tree has showy yellow catkins that dangle from the twisting and corkscrew shaped branches in early to mid-spring cheering up the garden after a long winter. Blooms are followed by dense deep green foliage, which makes it a good choice as a screening plant or hedge. When the foliage falls in autumn, the compelling branches are revealed again to be enjoyed the entire winter. Need Help?
I like the way a lattice-framed semi-circle has been incorporated into this porch front. It creates a niche in which a plant can become the center of attention (here, a shade-loving fern). Discover the qualities of the so-called "interrupted" fern in this piece: http://landscaping.about.com/od/wildflowers/ss/Interrupted-Ferns-Tall-Native-Plants-for-Shade-Gardens.htm