Christina @ Creating my own garden of the Hesperides, is hosting this Foliage Day meme so that we can appreciate the beauty of foliage and see which foliage is still looking good after the summer. When planting a new border I am always conscious of trying to make pleasing groups with contrasting colour, shape and texture of leaves so that when plants are not in flower they are still interesting and contrast with their neighbours. As yet our autumn tints are few and far between and here in the UK a lot of foliage is starting to die down but we still have plenty which is in good condition and worthy to be photographed. I think foliage is the backbone of the garden, flowers come and go, but foliage is with us much longer and sets the flowers off beautifully. Lots of ferns have already collapsed for the winter, but there are a few that are still adding to the overall scene. This fern contrasts with the hellebore next to it and the variegated vinca and lamium.
The 3 acers that we have are still waiting for cooler weather before changing colour, but I thought Acer Sango kaku was looking lovely with the sun shining through the leaves and contrasting beautifully with the bay bush behind it which forms a solid shape for 12 months of the year.
Adiantum venustum is a hardy fern but looks so delicate, sometimes this survives all winter.
Cotinus is still not showing any of its autumn colour when it will turn much more red.
I could say that this is a very rare silver leafed oak, but must confess that it is a seedling with mildew contrasting with the green around it!
This Ajuga growing between the paving hasn’t decided if it should have green or purple leaves.
Brunnera Jack Frost looks good even when not in flower.This is planted next to some daylilies and hellebores so there is a contrast of colour shape and texture.
Berberis Rose Glow will become much more red in a few weeks, when it will almost match its berries. Purple leaved plants have to be used carefully, they sometimes just look like a black hole in the border from a distance.
A few Hostas are still standing, most have collapsed already. Sharing the same space with the hosta is a Cotinus and a couple of geraniums, making a pleasing group.
Euphorbia griffithii Dixter is beginning to show its autumn tints and you can just see the leaves of Cortaderia pumilla and Berberis Red Pillar behind, more contrast.
Acanthus mollis still looking as if it is spring.
Persicaria Red Baron living up to its name, must find a new neighbour for it, the Libertia grandiflora which was next to it died last winter.
Hydrangea leaf beginning to turn colour.
Cornus alba sibirica Westonbirt turning its autumn colour of burgundy. These leaves stay burgundy colour for at least a month, when they then fall to reveal their bright red stems which we enjoy all winter.
Geranium magnificum turning red, just a taste of what is to come.
Silver foliage here from a Buddleja with Iceberg rose and Miscanthus Stricta in the background. I think the rose looks lovely with the foliage of the buddleja, can anyone come up with a silver leaved rose?
My last one for this month, Viburnum Onondaga in all its autumn finery, hopefully next month we will have lots more autumn tints as the weather is supposed to be getting a lot cooler.
Thanks to Christina for hosting this meme, why don’t we pop over to http://myhesperidesgarden.wordpress.com/ to see lots of other foliage.