It’s not just that we have wonderfully coloured flowers everywhere in May, the foliage isn’t bad either! Everywhere is still looking so fresh and the leaves are every bit as good as the flowers in some cases. Quite a few weeds have crept into the photos, but my last post explains why there hasn’t been time to eradicate them!
The foliage of the candelabra primulas in the bog garden, is almost like a lettuce! At this time of year they are so fresh and plumped up with all the rain we have had over the past couple of weeks.
I love the early foliage of the Rogersia in the bog. It looks so metallic with a bronze/copper colour to the leaves when they first appear, they eventually go green unfortunately, I wish they would stay like this.
Astilbe foliage a bit further along the border is contrasting nicely with the lemon balm behind it. The lemon balm has put itself there without any help from me – do I let it stay or do I weed it out, as it seeds everywhere round the garden?
All the hostas are now unfurling their beautiful leaves, this one is Hosta Snowden. It is surrounded by primulas but I can see a buttercup has sneaked into the photo! One day I will have everywhere weeded!
Astible, ferns and hostas go so well together. This is further along in the bog, the other side of the little path which cuts through the rhododendron bed to make weeding easier. The hosta in front is H. Halcyon and the fern is my favourite Matteuccia struthiopteris.
Moving round to the bed round the alpine scree, there is Heuchera Marmalade, Hosta Devon Blue and what was Stipa arundinacea but is now I believe, Anemiathele lessioniana!
In the woodland is the new growth on an old stump of Horse Chestnut, at the moment it looks very pretty, but if I want the stump to die, I will have to remove them all. A shame I know, but I really don’t need yet another Horse Chestnut tree!
Heuchera Key Lime Pie is looking very bright in the woodland with its new foliage, it is in front of what was Dicentra spectabilis but now I think Lamprocapnmos spectabilis.
Climbing the wall of the house is Actinidia kolomikta and its leaves are now showing their different colours, with leaves like these you wouldn’t think the plant would need flowers, but it has tiny white ones which hang down under the leaves.
The best view of it though, is from the balcony where you can see it from on top.
Acanthus mollis didn’t die down in the winter so the leaves are still looking beautiful. I have to keep an eye on this as it is taking over the area just by the pond, a firm hand will be needed.
In the bog garden Athyrium niponicum Pictum is contrasting with a golden sedge.
Matteuccia struthiopteris is catching the morning light at the end of the bog garden.
A hosta given by a friend with Astilbes either side and one stem of Lysimachia punctata Fireworks. This stem and roots will be removed , the Lysimachia is a thug, it puts out runners and comes up 20 or 30 ft away!
This is the original plant, contrasting with the Euonymus behind it, I just wish it were better behaved, it relishes my heavy clay soil! The ones in the background have been pulled out, but how long will it be before they pop up again!
This little group always pleases me, but I think a bit of editing is needed. This is the path through the rhrododendron bed and in some places it is getting difficult to walk through to do the weeding.
In the bed round the scree, Brunnera Jack Frost is sheltering under the arching leaves of Hemerocallis.
Just behind the scree, in the shade of Prunus Kojo-no-mai, is a Heuchera Vienna with the fern Athyrium nipponicum pictum either side, then at the front is Athyrium Frizelliae, the tatting fern. Yes, I can see the dandelion leaf too, it will be dealt with!
Catching the setting sunlight in the back garden is a Cotinus bush.
I’m so glad I managed to rescue my Cardoon which was being swamped by the hedge behind it, the leaves now make a real statement in this border by the field. The foliage is a bit messy by the time it flowers, I have read that by cutting off the flower spikes, the foliage should stay looking nice, but can I bring myself to cut the huge thistle heads off, I don’t know, I might just try it this year and see what happens!
I couldn’t finish a foliage day without including my new Acer palmatum Shindeshojo. The spring colour is as it is now, it then turns green for the summer and then to red/orange for the autumn. I haven’t planted it yet but have just the space for it where it will fit nicely with the planting around it.
I will finish with a view of the bog garden, there are just a few flowers so far, but there is also plenty of interest from the different foliage. Just as the woodland was the first part of the garden that I went to each day from Jan to April, this is where I will be heading first, for the next few months.
Thanks to Christina at My Hesperides Garden for encouraging us to value the foliage in our gardens and for hosting this meme each month. Please pay her a visit to see more interesting foliage around the world.