This is the time of the month when our thoughts turn to the foliage in the garden. Sometimes it doesn’t just form a green backdrop to all the flowers of summer, quite often they are the points of interest themselves.
Heucheras and hostas make a lovely contrast, the hosta is Canadian Blue and the Heuchera h.Marmalade showing the change of colours as autumn approaches.
Brunnera Jack Frost looks good from the moment it appears in the spring. This is now seeding around so I have quite a few plants to pot up and plant around the garden. Here the foliage contrasts with the foliage of an hemerocallis next to it.
Two ferns growing either side of the path through the rhododendron bed, the one on the left is Polystichum setiferum divisilobum and the one on the right is the Hart’s tongue fern, Asplenium scolopendrium.
Heucheras are fantastic for foliage interest and there are so many beautiful new varieties to chose from. This one is h. Berry Marmalade.
A grass which is seedling rather too much round the garden, this has lovely movement when the wind blows and the colours in the foliage and the flowers are beautiful.
In the woodland , by the path is the Fern Dryopteris cristata Martindale and already in its autumn colours, Lamium orvala. I do wish I didn’t have to look up all my fern names each time!
Also in the woodland is a hosta that was given to me and the fern Adiantum venustum The fern forms groundcover over an area and the hosta pops through in the spring, but never seems to be in the same place two years running.
Two contrasting ferns, one very shiny and one with a matt finish to the fronds. The shiny one on the left is I think, Polistichum setiferum Plumosum Bevis found down here in Devon and named after the man who found it growing in the hedgerow. The one on the right is Cyrtonium fortunei, the Japanese holly gern.
Another heuchera in the woodland, shining out in the shade.
There are lots of pulmonaria in the garden, just the normal everyday variety, but some have more silver to them than the others.
Lovely new foliage on one of the rhododendrons in the garden.
Large leaves behind the alpine scree contrast with the grasses behind them.
Two japanese painted ferns, Athyrium niponicum Pictum, a tatting fern Athyrium felix femina Frizelliae and Heuchera Creme Brulee, all contrasting with each other.
The tall grass Miscanthus malepartus forms a tall 7ft tower of grass. Soon the purple flower stalks will rise above the foliage, but while waiting, the leaves form a waterfall of foliage.
The pond area is looking very overcrowded and it really is in need of sorting out. I will do this in the autumn, hopefully there won’t be too much disturbance for the wildlife at that time of year. In spite of this, there is plenty of contrast between the different foliage plants, there just shouldn’t be so much of each plant!
Still in the pond area, where Sambucus Black Lace is keeping company with Bowles Golden Sedge.
The beautiful white flowers of the Zantedeschia in the bog garden, have been holding my interest for months now, but the leaves are just as interesting and beautiful in their own right.
Still in the bog garden, the astilbe foliage contrasts with the foliage of Rogersia, which if you remember in the spring, was a beautiful bronze colour. It looks totally different now, but still forms a nice contrast to the plants around it.
At the drier end of the bog garden, we have the lacy foliage of Thalictrum aquilegifolium, the flowers are rather pretty too!
My new Acer Shindishojo is still putting out new red leaves while the main colour of the foliage has changed to green. It will have to stop putting out new leaves soon when the autumn changes start.
Libertia peregrinans, Ophiopogon planicapus nigresens and the little blue grass Festuca glauca are all happy growing together. Occasionally I have to step in when they get too muddled, but usually I just let them get on with it. I can see a few green leaves in the photo which will have to be weeded out!
One of the blue pots by the back door has various plants in it, but I think the best foliage comes from Begonia Glowing Embers. I will try to keep this going over the winter, or maybe take cuttings, as it is one that I would like to use again.
It is thanks to Christina at My Hesperides Garden that we look more closely at our foliage, do please pay her a visit to see other foliage around the world which is catching the gardeners attention.