At this time of year it is the evergreen foliage that is standing out in the garden and the new growth on plants that are lulled into a false sense of security with the mild weather that we have been having lately. If we start in the front garden, the first bush we come to is an Osmanthus with very prickly leaves which is a pain to weed around, literally!
Also in the front garden is a Camellia in front of the beech hedge. The Camellia is now covered with buds so there should be lots of blossom in a month’s time. The Beech will hang onto its old brown leaves until the new green ones push them away in the spring.
All down the border in the front are some variegated box plants. These were given to me by a friend as tiny cuttings and they are now ready to be shaped. I have lots of box balls so, for a change, I think these can become cubes. Here they contrast with the spears of Sisyrinchium leaves and the red stems of the Cornus behind.
Near the green house is a bush of Lonicera Baggesens Gold, this used to be a rather blobby shape but now it is being clipped as a cone, I’m still deciding if it will have a ball on top!
Another bush that we have lots of is Euonymous Emerald ‘n’ Gold, again, some of them grown from cuttings. In the winter they provide a nice splash of colour on a dull, grey day.
The box balls in the rose garden are now starting to send out fresh shoots. I think these are Buxus Suffruticosa, which have a larger leaf than B. sempervirens, so far, thank goodness , we don’t have any of the dreaded box blight.
Up by the pond Acanthus mollis is still putting out new leaves, usually it has collapsed in a heap by now, this shows how mild we have had it lately.
Another that shouldn’t be looking so bright and perky at the moment is Zantedeschia. It looks a bit lonely all by itself in the bog garden, everything else is underground waiting for spring.
In the back garden is a lovely glaucous blue Cedar bush which I use a lot in flower arranging.
Now round towards the woodland, by the acer trees, are bushes of Euonymous Emerald Gaity. These plants are so easy to increase from cuttings, we have quite a few around the garden.
On the woodland floor is Saxifrage stolonifera, as its name indicates, this one increases by sending out long shoots which then root. In a few years there is good ground cover to keep the weeds away, the pretty flowers are a bonus.
The harts tongue fern, or Asplenium scolopendrium Ramo-cristatum, is very happy in the woodland, with its fronds unaffected by whatever weather is thrown at it.
Forming a lovely pattern on the woodland floor are the leaves of Cyclamen hederifolium.
The hardy maidenhair fern, Adiantum pedatum, is still looking good, but eventually I will have to cut the old fronds away to make room for the new ones.
Cyclamen coum leaves are smaller than C.hederifolium leaves, here it is keeping company with some epimedium leaves and will soon be joined by Galanthus nivalis flowers.
The roots of one of our huge Ash trees, which now has a covering of moss, now has primrose and cyclamen seedlings nestling among them, they put themselves into places where I would never think of putting them.
By the house, in the back garden, Euphorbia melliferra contrasts with Pittosporum Irene Patterson. I must trim more from under the pittosporum so that the euphorbia can grow a bit more.
My Phormium Yellow Wave is growing again at last. We thought we might have lost it in the winter of 2010/11, we lost a couple of purple ones. This has taken its time growing again, but at last it seems to have recovered with lots of new growth this year.
We have lots of Arum italicum marmoratum around the garden. The seeds are dropped by the blackbirds when they are sitting in the trees and shrubs. At this time of year there are always some small leaves which look lovely with a few snowdrops in a vase.
Ivy can be relied on to provide ground cover or a covering for walls and tree trunks through the winter. On the left is a hybrid between an ivy and a fatsia, Fatshedera which has smaller leaves than a fatsia but larger than an ivy. On the right are two ivies which look very similar in the photos but the top one is I think Hedera Glacier which has green/cream leaves, the one at the bottom is green and gold, much more yellow.
So that is it for my wander (squelch, squelch) round the garden, looking at foliage.The evergreens certainly give the garden a furnished look in the winter, I wouldn’t want to be looking at bare soil until spring wakes all the deciduous plants up once more. Sorry to be late with this post, WordPress was objecting to the way I had labelled my photos!
Many thanks to Christina for hosting Garden Bloggers Foliage Day once more, do visit her to see other foliage from around the world.