Foliage is bursting forth everywhere in the garden, you can almost see the leaves growing, getting larger and larger every day. This first photo though is of a road I drive along most days and the leaves on the beech trees are just so beautiful, I felt that they ought to be included.
The first foliage from the garden is from Actinidia kolomikta which has the most gorgeous variegated foliage of green, pink and white. It starts out all green then gradually changes, first with white blotches, then with pink. It then stays like this all summer.
Here is the climber on the side of the house. For more information about Actinidia, click here, where I wrote about it last year.
A few of the roses have still got the beautiful red foliage that they put out a while ago. It contrasts so well with everything around it. This one is Shropshire Lad which has a lovely peach coloured flower.
A close up of the leaves shows the intricate serrated edges – just beautiful.
In a more shady part of the garden, an epimedium is showing its stunning foliage, which will end up all green as the months go by.
Near to it is a plant of lemon balm, Melissa, the golden variety. The leaves make wonderful flavouring for ice creams, teas, chicken, fish etc.
A very common plant, but so useful, Linaria, seeds itself all over the garden but as it is so wonderful for the bees, the majority are allowed to stay. It is even better when it gets its purple or pink flowers.
Plants should sometimes come with a health warning, this one certainly should, Lysimachia cilata Firecracker. It loves my heavy, damp soil and each year tries to make a take over bid. I have to be firm and pull out what I don’t want, even so, the foliage is rather lovely, contrasting with Euonymous Emerald Gaity next door.
Next is a view of one end of the bog garden which has fern, hosta, iris and astilbe foliage all contrasting with each other. The ferns have never been so tall before, must be all the rain we have had!
Leaves of the Rogersias are pushing through, only small at the moment, but soon they will be making their presence felt in the bog garden.
Hostas are growing furiously in various parts of the garden, this is Krossa Regal. The clump is spreading nicely, getting to be huge now that it is quite old.
Another hosta, this time Minute Man in a container round in the gravel garden at the back of the house.
Euphorbia mellifera has grown from seed, just as well as the parent plant died a couple of years ago during our very bad winter when we had lots of snow and frost. It only had one flower this year but that was enough to give us the beautiful honey scent wafting round the garden. Even when not in flower, the leaves are interesting by themselves.
Another plant that is making itself at home is Acanthus mollis, it is beginning to spread just a bit too much so will need to be curbed with a spade!
Sambucus Black Lace is now gearing up to its moment of glory. When the pink flowers appear they are set off by these purple leaves and look wonderful together.
I hope you will agree that some plants are just as interesting without their flowers, their foliage is with us for much longer and makes pleasing patterns in the garden. Thanks to Christina for hosting this foliage day, to see more please go to myhesperidesgarden.wordpress.com