Nepeta 'Walkers Low'
As much as I love the flowers of Nepeta, I adore it's purplish stems and downy gray-green foliage even more...so striking, especially in spring.
Geranium 'Ann Folkard'
Even if it never flowered, I'd grow this Geranium for it's foliage...a wonderful, bright chartreuse. I enjoy how it winds its way throughout the garden...ending up over 6' away by summer only to die completely back every winter.
My little patch of Oxalis continues to expand and fill in.
Heucherella 'Sweet Tea'
This was a total impulse buy last spring, and its spring color is breathtaking, especially in contrast to the delightful apple-green Oxalis. Sadly, the color darkens considerably during the summer and is a bit drab.
Nice, bright blades scream "Spring"!
Euphorbia 'Faded Jeans'
My favorite Euphorbia, in spite of its diminuitive size. It's evergreen and a great textural accent to everything around it.
Persicaria 'Red Dragon'
Photos can't quite capture the intensely saturated burgundy/scarlet coloring of the fresh growth of this perennial.
|Persicaria 'Red Dragon'||Echinops bannaticus|
Baptisia 'Purple Smoke'
I always thought Baptisias were pretty, but wasn't terribly tempted by them. Then, last fall, I saw this variety with chalky purple stems...and I knew I had to have it :-)
Geranium 'Katherine Adele'
Another perennial Geranium, this one with heavily marked leaves...really striking.
|Euphorbia 'Dixter'||Dew on Crocosmia 'Orangeade'|
These looked really, REALLY scraggly at the end of winter, but are starting to fill out nicely again.
|Tulip 'Queen of the Night'||Linaria purpurea|
I love the wonderful, pleated foliage on the Parrotias.
Monarda 'Raspberry Wine'
The newest growth on 'Raspberry Wine' is always slightly flushed with red...a nice touch, and the foliage is a deep, rich green.
Geranium 'Blogold' (Blue Sunrise)
This foliage on this Geranium is almost unbelievably bright.
Rheum palmatum tanguticum
Now that the Rheum is up and growing, it seems to be expanding by the moment...I even found 2 additional buds emerging near the original crown...awesome!
Agastache 'Golden Jubilee'
The earliest and fastest-growing of all my Agastaches ('Black Adder' and 'Blue Forture' are JUST emerging). I love the golden spring foliage (later fades to a mellow chartreuse), especially in combination with the purplish new growth.
Rodgersia podophylla 'Rotlaub'
The ones I planted last year are just emerging, I got 3 more at Dennis 7 Dees sale rack this spring for $5 each...SCORE! This is one of my all-time favorite foliage plants, a mature clump is a sight to behold.
Foeniculum (Bronze Fennel)
I know Fennel grows like a week all around Portland, but I still love their delicate, ferny foliage, especially the bronze variety.
This little speciment I got last fall is just emerging, can't wait for it to settle in and really get going.
I don't have many Heuchera, but the few I do have are really invaluable for their year-long contribution of color and texture.
Columbine 'Tequila Sunrise'
If only the Columbine foliage could look like this all season!
Persicaria 'Lance Corporal'
I love how this Oxalis forms a perfect hemisphere of foliage.
Nepeta 'Walkers Low'
We end as we began, but in the sun, with 'Walkers Low'. What's up and growing for all you?