Oxalis oregana and Heucherella 'Sweet Tea'
I sort of posted a similar pic for GBBD, but this time the focus really is the contasting foliage. Love the effect, the bright green Oxalis and the vibrant orange of the Heucherella...it's electric!
I think I was originally drawn to these Rodgersias because of their similarity to Chestnut leaves...love 'em!
Rodgersia podophylla 'Rotlaub'
The newly emerging foliage has the most amazing color...which greens up after a week or so.
Rodgersia podophylla 'Rotlaub' Clump
Here is the expanding clump, you can see the older foliage is greener and the newer foliage has the richest color. I'm pretty excited to see new stems popping up here and there (especially since the plants last year only produced a single stem each!).
Persicaria 'Lance Corporal'
I continue to be very impressed by this plant...the foliage is so beautiful...it does seed around like nothing I've seen before...but that just means I have free plants to move elsewhere and share with friends.
Persicaria 'Red Dargon'
Another Persicaria with foliage that no photo can do justice too...seriously.
Agastache 'Golden Jubilee'
I've posted on this plant so often...but I still love it...especially in the spring garden as a contrast to greener plants.
|Clematis recta purpurea & Geranium 'Ann Folkard'
|Cimicifuga 'Hillside Black Beauty'
I have a few of these, and this is by far the biggest...and also the first one I bought (on Ebay, no less!). It actually has some flower buds forming...which is pretty exciting, but it's the jaw-dropping fall color that sold me on this plant.
Amsonia hubrichtii and Oxalis 'Dark Dancer'
Another, smaller, Amsonia, growing up through a matt of this sun-tolerant Oxalis. I love this little Oxalis growing under and around other things.
Ligularia 'The Roket'
I've wanted one for years and with the backyard finally taking shape, I had a perfect spot for it. I really like the serrated, arrow-shaped leaves and the red stems. We'll see if it flowers this year (probably not), but even without flowers, it's a striking plant.
Bought at the Clackamas County Master Gardener's Sale...love the spash of variegation, not too much, just enough for a highight.
Adiantum (Maidenhair Fern)
Words can't express how much I love this little fern. You see them all around Oregon, in moist, wooded habitats. Love the delicate black stems...so wiry and ephemeral.
The Astilboides is looking like it might make a respectable showing this year! Last year I got some dinner-plate sized leaves...let's cross our fingers for trash-can sized leaves this year!
|Hosta 'Big Daddy'
I don't know the actual name for this one! This poor thing has been moved so many times, but just keeps on a going.
Euphorbia 'Faded Jeans'
Another regular on my foliage posts...just keeps looking good :-)
Iris 'Gerald Darby'
I was so excited to get one of these at the Yard Garden & Patio show this spring. I planted it a few months ago, and it promptly rotted...I was a little distraught. A few weeks ago, I saw some for sale at the Portland Nursery on Division St. I opted not to get them...thinking it wasn't meant to be. Last weekend, I was out there again, and they had one left, pushed behind all the Iris that were blooming. It was waiting for me...I know it...now, it is mine!
Foeniculum (Bronze Fennel)
I've always grown this plant and always will...love it's big, billowy cloud of darkly divided leaves!
Eupatorium maculatum 'Gateway'
I love Joe Pye Weed A LOT, I might even say it's my favorite plant ever. It's amazingly beautiful, fast-growing and tough as nails. Except for a few months after being cut down in February, it looks good all year. Love the leaves as they unfurl...and I am oddly fascinated by plants whose leaves grow in whorls.
|Impatiens balfourii - Thanks, Derick!
|Rheum palmatum tanguticum
These ferns grow everywhere in Portland...I should probably know their real name.
Rhus typhina 'Tiger Eye Sumac'
Lastly, I have my 'Tiger Eye' Sumac...it seems to be more vigorous this year, so I'm hoping it finally makes a decent show. A mature plant can be the hightlight of a border...here's looking at you, Mr. Sumac.