The present sunny spell is lasting quite a long time. We had torrential rain last Friday which perked all the plants up, and now we are back to sunny days once more. September so far has been a very warm, sunny month. I’m not complaining, but we do need more rain to keep the garden happy. When looking round the garden for foliage to photograph this morning, nothing was jumping out at me, it is too soon for the autumn tints where we live, only one or two plants have started to change, most will be photographed for next month.
The red stemmed Cornus along the driveway in the front have just started to change colour, only a few leaves at the moment, but the rest will follow soon until they are all a pink/purple colour next month.
Mature ivy by the front gate always has wonderful shiny leaves. This bush is favoured by lots of wildlife so is allowed to stay with just a light trim in the spring.
My poor Camellia bush, still in the front, which was given a short back and sides by the undergardener when he was cutting the hedge, he thought it was laurel, has put out lots of new shoots thank goodness ! I don’t think it is going to have many flowers next year because of its haircut, I found one or two buds this morning, but I think that will be all.
I know I’ve shown Miscanthus malepartus before for the flower spikes, but the arching leaves look lovely at this time of year, before they will turn yellow next month.
Phlomis fruticosa is in the border by the field. I have deadheaded it but left the seedheads behind the plant, on the ground, as I’ve found that ladybirds like to overwinter in the pockets on the seedheads. I think the silver leaves contrast well with the solidago that is flowering behind at the moment.
Taking over the pond, is Pontederia cordata, we really must get in there and sort it out. The leaves contrast with everything around it and show up well, still being bright green.
I have shown Pittosporum Tom Thumb before on a foliage day, but now, with the Physotegia virginiana Vivid flowering in front of the purple foliage, I think they look nice together.
The sun shining through the leaves, brings the small bamboo, Pleioblastus viridistriatus, to life. This needs cutting right down in the spring, otherwise it rampages across the lawn. We know to our cost when one year I forgot to cut it back!
Just the common Pulmonaria, which was cut back after it flowered. They are all now covered with new luscious foliage, which should keep going through the winter.
A Cedar looking very blue at the moment, next to a variegated Laurel, both in need of cutting back as someone complains whenever he is cutting the grass!
Cyclamen hederifolium foliage has now joined all the little flowers. The foliage is so interesting, no two plants have exactly the same pattern on their leaves.
Most of my Heucheras are looking a bit worse for wear, but H. Lime Rickey in the woodland is still looking very fresh.
In the woodland, the Camellia leaves are so shiny, brightening the shade in that area. I’m happy to see that there are lots of buds for next spring on this plant.
Also with shiny leaves and flowering for the second time is Choisya ternata. Shiny leaves always look good on a dull day, but even better when the sun is shining!
The large patch of Ophiopogon planiscapus nigrescens, just gets better and better. This was planted almost in raw clay, before I knew any better. Bits that I have taken off and planted elsewhere in the garden have never done so well. The little green shoot you can see is a tiny oak tree, it will have to be removed before it gets any bigger.
It is almost time to think about bringing in any pots of plants that aren’t hardy. The Aeonium can stay out maybe a couple more weeks, contrasting with the Phormium Yellow Wave behind it.
Usually when we have a long hot summer, flower spikes are already showing by mid September. I can’t see any signs of a flower spike yet, but I suppose there is still time. What I must do is tidy up the lower leaves, that is after I have cut the spikes off the ones just above, or I will come in with blood flowing from masses of wounds!
Libertia peregrinans has sword shaped foliage, an orange/olive green colour. They have white flowers the same as the larger plants. Being very upright sword shapes, the foliage contrasts with everything around it.
There we have it, that is my foliage for this months Foliage day, hosted once more by Christina at My Hesperides Garden, thank you Christina for getting us to go and look at our foliage, to look beyond the flowers and see what is holding the garden together. Do pop over to her site to see foliage in different parts of the world.