Rain keeps getting forecast, but it seems to miss us most of the time, we can see the rain clouds over Dartmoor, but they hardly ever reach our village! The garden is looking a bit dry in places, but we are holding back on watering because once we start, the plants will expect it. Hydrangeas and Rhododendrons are still looking just about ok, these are usually the first ones to show a lack of water.
My new little Acer (yes, this does get watered once a week as it is new!) now has a variety of coloured foliage. Most of the leaves have now turned green, or are in the process of turning green, but all the new growth is still coming through red. This little tree has certainly grown since I planted it.
In the bog garden, the leaves of the Zantedeschia are still looking beautiful, thanks to there being water low down, the primulas next to it are looking a bit stressed, but they will have to cope.
Some of the silvery covering on this rhododendrons leaves has started to come off, but they still form a nice contrast to the arching foliage of the hemerocallis next to it.
I have a feeling that I show this combination each time, but they do look so well together.
The waftiness (is there such a word?) of Stipa gigantea contrasts with the solid shape of Pittosporum Irene Patterson. This Stipa is fairly new so is nowhere near as large as the one we have in the dead oak bed, but I planted it near the house so we can see it when it has the sun shining through it, it looks just like a giant sparkler!
Not a very good photo, but the Fennel on the left put itself next to the Hydrangea under the kitchen window. It was allowed to stay as its featheriness? contrasts with the large leaves of the Hydrangea next to it.
More contrasts are formed with the huge leaves of the hosta contrasting with the hydrangea on one side and the small leaves of the winter jasmine on the other. This grouping is by the front door.
I know there are a few flowers in this photo, but what catches my eye each time I look in this direction, is the variegated yucca. To me it stands out like an exclamation mark as the foliage is so different to everything around it.
Another Hosta, this time H.Halcyon contrasting with astilbe, fern and iris foliage at the right hand end of the bog garden.
A Verbascum arrived from nowhere a few years ago and is allowed to stay because even before it flowers, the foliage fills a nice space in the Sunset border.
Oh no, not Autumn tints already! This colouring is on a new Geranium Brookside, but I’m not ready for Autumn yet, that comes in September!
Many thanks go to Christina at My Hesperides Garden for holding this meme each month, do please pay her a visit and see foliage from round the world that is keeping interest in our gardens.