Foliage Day has come round very quickly this month, or so it seems. There is lots of foliage that is looking decidedly tatty, I really must get round to cutting it down, and there are a few plants that shine out because their foliage is still looking fresh and new, even though they have been with us for some time.
Just outside the back door is a pot with some variegated ivy in it, it always seems to look nice even though it must lose some old leaves sometime.
Cyclamen hederifolium is making a super weed proof carpet under one of the rhododendrons in the woodland, this is such a lovely sight when flowering during the latter part of the summer. Even in winter though, interest is created by the different leaves making a beautiful pattern.
Across the path is another Cyclamen hederifolium, this time with almost all silver leaves, this one is now seeding everywhere, so hopefully, soon we will have another interesting weed proof carpet.
These cyclamen leaves are so different with a pointed edge all the way round the leaves, there is so much variety in their leaves.
This just looks like a very messy border, but we are still in the woodland and these new shoots are telling me that I will have plenty of Fritillaria meleagris, snakeshead fritillaries, in a matter of about 6/8 weeks!
Helleborus Moonbeam has just got one leaf so far, no flower buds have appeared yet, so I’m hoping that the plant is making lots of nice roots and will soon join in with some flowers.
Most of the ferns have been cut down as they have all turned brown, but this one, I think it is Polypodium Pulcherimum, at the entrance to the woodland keeps putting out new fronds, it always seems to look very fresh.
In the corner of the back garden by a sitting area is Euphorbia mellifera. The books say that this isn’t totally hardy but we have had this one for at least 10 years and it survived the bad winter of 2010/11 when we had snow a foot deep and temperatures down to -7C. The flowers, when they come in April, smell of honey and the perfume travels right across the garden.
At the top of the front drive, forming a screen for the huge Calor Gas tank and the wood store are clockwise from the top left, Leylandii ! (we inherited it and keep it clipped to 7ft) Beech, Mahonia, Camellia, and one whose name that I have completely forgotten, can anyone help? It is about 4ft high, doesn’t seem to be growing very much, it has variegated leaves and prickles like a holly!
In the border by the field, the leaves of my Cardoon are looking promising.
The foliage of the Acanthus mollis by the pond did collapse when we had some frost, but has now recovered and looks as good as it did in the summer.
Just one of the uprights on the pergola has an evergreen growing up it. All the others have roses and clematis. This is Trachelospermum jasminoides which has white flowers in the summer and a perfume to die for!
My chinese ginger jar next to Stipa gigantea has lost its golden colour due to the lower light levels, but soon it will be golden again. That unfortunately will be the time to tidy it up by giving it a trim.
A small carex in the bog garden obviously likes all the moisture as it is spreading quite a bit, I think some can be moved elsewhere.
One of my favourite leaves in the garden is Arum italicum marmoratum. The leaves are so beautifully marbled and the birds spread the berries round the garden so we have it popping up in places where I would never think of putting it!
Thanks you Christina at My Hesperides Garden for hosting GBFD once more, do pay her a visit to see which foliage round the world is looking beautiful at the moment.