Having been working in the gravel area recently, I’ve been surrounded by pots of foliage that have to come into the conservatory for the winter as they wouldn’t survive outside. In adding to the pots some plants that are borderline hardy, I think that these will survive outdoors with a bit of protection. If I move them under the arbour and wrap them in fleece, then they should be ok.
Echeverias and Ophiopogon planiscapus Nigrescens.
An assortment. Do you like my spherical pot which I bought at Hampton Court Flower Show 16 yrs ago.
Lavender, couldn’t resist buying this one when I saw that its name was Lavender Havana, after the trouble we had with the dining set!
The Ophiopogon was split from the large area that we have of this in the gravel area, I think it looks nice in its pale blue pot.
Convolvulous cneorum on the left, I have already killed 3 so now this one is in a pot and will have winter protection, the same for the purple Cordyline Torbay Red. The Chusan palm has lived outside for years and is hardy.
Melianthus major at the top and Astelia Silver Shadow.
A Speckled Wood butterfly on the Melianthus Major.
Astelia Silver Shadow.
Aeonium Zwartkopf and Echeveria
I used to call this mass of Ophiopogon my sheepskin rug, but it has grown so large it is now a bearskin, all from one little plant!
Of course I can’t ignore the little festuca that started the whole makeover!
The next few photos are of leaves that grabbed my attention the other day.
Acer Shindeshojo still putting out colourful new growth.
Is autumn round the corner, a cherry tree in the front garden thinks so!
Yes, this plant thinks summer is over too!
I was also inspired by a comment that Christina made on my offering for GBFD last month. I said that I had problems finding interesting foliage for plants in the sun. Christina told me that silver leaved plants had the most interesting foliage, but of course, they wouldn’t like my heavy clay soil. I had a “light bulb” moment and thought, yes, I can have them here, if I put them in pots of nice gritty, well drained soil. Thanks to you Christina, as well as the Festuca grass, you inspired the makeover!
Thank you also for hosting GBFD once more, do pay a visit to Christina at My Hesperides Garden to see other foliage from around the world.