When I first started thinking about which foliage would be suitable to record for August’s Foliage Day, I didn’t think there would be very much as we are still suffering from a lack of rain. Fortunately I was wrong and there turned out to be quite a few plants that were carrying on regardless in spite of not having much moisture. The first to be photographed was Hosta June, which is new this year and has settled in nicely.
Hosta Crossa Regal is still managing to look good. It is losing its blue colouring and becoming more green, but the slugs and snails are leaving it alone, or are they all being eaten by the blackbirds and thrushes?
When I pushed my way round the far side of the pond, I found Hosta Sieboldii, quietly growing away unseen because the miscanthus next to it has grown so much. Like the previous hosta, this has also lost its blue waxy covering, but the leaves have grown so huge, well over a foot long and about 10 inches wide.
This is the Miscanthus variegatus which is spreading sideways rather too much, so action will need to be taken by next spring. In the meantime we are enjoying it arching over the pond.
Growing lustily in the pond is Pontaderia, which sends up these large paddle shaped leaves before the blue flower spikes open up. This is something else that will need to be sorted as there isn’t much water showing at this time of year.
Heuchera Lime Marmalade which was planted in early summer is obviously happy where I have put it. The foliage has stayed nice and bright all summer in the half shade although I can see that a bit of weeding is needed!
Near to the previous heuchera is H. Marmalade which is putting out new leaves non stop. These two plants have been a really good buy and I will certainly buy more.
The tree heath or Erica arborea is still managing to grow and will soon need its annual haircut, the old flowers at the front will soon be cut away.
In the back border between the house and the woodland, there are a few shrubs that form a screen, one of which is this blue conifer. This forms a contrast with the gold leafed Philadelphus next to it.
In the same border Euonymous fortunae Emerald Gaiety shines out of the darkness.
I was quite surprised to find that the ferns in the woodland are still looking ok. With all the huge trees taking any available moisture, I expected to see them looking very dry.
We always have lots of yew seedlings round the garden from the large one in the back corner. Some have been moved and are being trained into shapes, others may turn into a hedge, if I can decide where I need a yew hedge!
Acer Osakazuki is still green, no sign of autumn here yet.
The Cotinus in the back garden is still showing the lovely dark purple leaves that we enjoy all summer.
Cornus alba sibirica Westonbirt planted in the back half of the bee and butterfly border, forms a green backdrop to all the flowers that the visiting insects enjoy. It won’t be very long before these green leaves turn a deep burgundy before revealing the lipstick red stems which then form the interest for 6 months over winter.
Ilex Golden King always looks neat and tidy.
Miscanthus sinensis Malepartus forming a green fountain, the flowers are just about to appear and they are of a deep burgundy colour before bleaching to almost white.
In the border by the field various dahlia foliage is looking nice and fresh. They should be, as they are one of the few plants that I am watering!
Phuopsis stylosa has silver leaves to contrast with everything else in the border by the field.
Rhododendron yakushimanum still has most of its silvery covering on its new leaves. Normally this would have been washed off by now, so this shows how little rain we have had over the summer.
All the pulmonarias are looking neat and tidy with fresh leaves. These were all cut back hard after flowering and have now replaced the old growth with lovely new foliage.
I know most of you don’t like it, but variegated laurel puts up with whatever the weather throws at it, it has a cast iron constitution! It also brightens up the dark corner where it is.
Autumn is on its way, there are quite a few leaves showing signs of the passing months. I have lots of leaves that are showing stress, we continue to throw buckets of water on the worst and are just about keeping them alive. Rain thank goodness, is forecast for Friday, but will it be enough?
Many thanks to Christina at My Hesperides Garden for hosting Garden Bloggers Foliage Day once more, I will be visiting to see all the interesting foliage from around the world, please join me.