Once again it is time to look at the foliage in the garden for Garden Bloggers Foliage Day and see how it is adding to the overall picture in the month of June when the borders are overflowing with flowers. The foliage in June is still looking very fresh, especially where we are, with all the torrential rain that we have been having, also , all the rain has made the leaves extra large and therefore they are more prominent than maybe they usually are.
One of my favourite groupings, Polygonatum with Asplenium scolopendrium, Pulmonaria, Epimedium and Crocosmia.
A closer look at the contrasting foliage of Solomon’s seal and crocosmia.
Heuchera Key Lime in the woodland, brightening up a shady corner.
A really wonderful bronzed leaf on the Rodgersia pinnata superba, it has a metallic look to it when they first come through, eventually turning green, but still a super shape to contrast with the ferns and hostas near to it in the bog garden.
My favourite fern, just wish it had an easier name, Matteuccea struthiopteris. I woke early one morning, it wasn’t raining, so I got up for a wander round the garden and found the sun’s rays shining through this group of ferns in the bog garden, I thought they looked quite beautiful.
Forming a nice contrast by the bridge over the ditch into the woodland is a purple leaved heuchera and the hart’s tongue fern, Asplenium crispum Moly, which has undulating sides to its fronds.
Heuchera Caramel providing a lovely contrast to all the green foliage around it. Wasn’t too sure when I first bought this one, whether I liked it or not, it has grown on me over the years and now I love it!
Hosta June which is in the shade by the swinging seat, under the dead oak. The swinging seat is now out of bounds, you may have read in my last post that a wren has decided to go for a swing instead!
The bog garden has a few hostas, this one is Patriot, sharing the space with candelabra primulas and Rheum palmatum behind.
More hostas at the other end of the bog garden, not quite so wet at this end. Forming lovely large clumps now are Krossa regal and Frances Williams. Can someone help me please, is the one in the foreground Wide Brim, I’ve forgotten?
Forming a large clump now by the front door, which has shade all day, is Hosta sieboldiana Elegans. This is underplanted with snowdrops so that there is something to look at in the winter.
Hosta Devon Green is in the woodland. This is the smallest of my hostas with a very shiny, dark green leaf. This one doesn’t usually get eaten by slugs, but I see that something has been having a nibble! I don’t use any slug pellets, instead I rely on our hedgehog, blackbirds, thrushes, frogs and toad to keep the population under control!
There seems to be rather a lot of contrasting foliage on this photo, maybe too much. If we go clockwise from the bottom centre, we have Hosta Sagae, then there are a few leaves of Acer Osakazuki with some Iris foetidissima leaves ( who put those there, I certainly didn’t). The large hosta at the back is Sum and Substance, this grows very large in time. Just peeping out from behind the hosta is a small bush of variegated Pieris with the foliage of solomon’s seal on the right.
It has dawned on me that all my foliage so far has been in the shade or in the bog garden, so now into the light with a little sempervivum in one of my alpine troughs, this one has such beautiful maroon leaves or what would pass for leaves.
Such a lovely blue, Elymus magellanicus, in a pot at the moment, has been for years, but soon to be released into a border where it will contrast beautifully with a golden leaved fuchsia.
Carex comans Bronze is in a border right by the house, not the best place for it, but it put itself there! It seeds around but is quite easy to remove if in the wrong place. It should be on the other side of the house in the gravel garden, that was where I first planted it, but obviously it likes travelling, it contrasts with anything it lands beside.
Thanks to Christina at Creating my own garden of the Hesperides for hosting this foliage day, please visit to see more foliage round the world.