The garden is now, in this month of June, filled with flowers of all description, but if we stop for a while, we can see that foliage still has a large part to play in the garden, even if it is in a supporting role.
My Rogersia in the bog garden, has now turned green from the beautiful bronze colour that it was a month ago, which I think is a shame. Even so, the large leaves contrast with the divided leaves of the ferns and astilbes planted around it. I’m going to have to move the Japanese painted fern from behind it as it is too small and can’t be seen properly.
The flowers have finished on this rhodo, but look at the new growth, it is just as good, but different. Eventually the white felt covering will wash off with the rain, but for now it is continuing the interest from the flowers.
Foliage from two ferns, solomon’s seal, crocosmia and the spotted laurel combine to make up a textured tapestry which will carry on until the autumn. There would have been lots of pulmonaria here too, but I pulled it out to find the path through the rhodo bed!
A detail of the fern in the above photo on the left. The unfurling frond of Polistichum setiferum Divisilobum is quite beautiful and quite furry to stroke.
The lovely foliage on my new Acer palmatum Shindeshojo, is very slowly turning green. It is still mostly red/pink. but gradually the green is taking over, still very pretty though.
I think this is the fern, Dryopteris erythrosora, the autumn fern. The new fronds expand showing very autumnal colours, hence it’s common name.
In my new planting in the rhodo bed, the central group of plants are very much foliage plants. The Heuchera on the left was just labelled as Heuchera, the hosta is H. Devon Blue and the grass is Hakonechloa All Gold. Hopefully over the years they will expand and grow together forming a weed suppressing cover of interesting foliage.
Mainly green, but a variety of leaf shapes make an interesting group at the left hand edge of the bog garden. Astilbe, hosta, fern and iris leaves all have such individual leaf shapes, they all contrast with each other.
When I was looking for foliage for Foliage Day, the Santolina Lemon Fizz on the alpine scree was lit up by the sunshine, making it shine brightly and stand out from everything around it. This plant will soon be flowering, but quite honestly, I think the foliage looks just as good on its own. The blue in the middle distance is Campanula poscharskyana and Geranium magnificum and the white in the distance is one of my rhododendrons.
The leaves which opened in the spring on the Actinidia kolomicta, had variegation of white and pink, but now all the white has become pink. The colouring will stay the same until the leaves fall in the autumn.
These two shrubs are in the back garden and contrast with each other for most of the year. The golden leaved Philadelphus contrast so well with the blue cedar next to it. The Philadelphus will be flowering very soon, when the perfume will be carried across the garden on the westerly breeze.
The huge leaves of Acanthus mollis are spreading somewhat, I’ll have to get out there with a spade. The flowers are almost ready to open, but in the meantime I just enjoy the leaves.
The Mahonia Charity by the dead oak is putting out lots of new growth. We have another in the front garden, but that one needs cutting right back as it is getting too long and lanky!
A plant that sometimes is the bane of my life when it pops up in borders 20 ft away! This Lysimachia does have beautiful foliage which contrasts with the Euonymous next to it, I just wish it didn’t want to be so footloose and fancy free, it likes to wander far and wide unfortunately!
Thanks once again to Christina at My Hesperides Garden, for hosting this foliage meme each month. This encourages us to go looking for interesting foliage instead of flowers, where would we be without foliage, it is the backbone of the garden!