Friday, November 16, 2012
Foliage Follow-Up November 2012
Unbelievably, I'm posting for Foliage Follow-Up on the correct day!!! I've realized that the reason I'm always late is because I want to be totally legit...so run around like a crazy person on the day of...trying to accurately catalog what's going on in my garden. Without my camera, I can breeze through the few photos I took over the past few weeks before it stopped working.
Of course, going through my photos, most of them were of grasses (this is Autumn, after all), but I decided to save most of those for a future, more expansive, post. This post will be a quick look at a few plants I'm particularly smitten at the moment. The Selinum wallichianum above was a great success this year. Planted late last summer, I wasn't sure what to expect. Needless to say, they've exceeded all my expectations. They grew big and fast this year...with amazingly delicate fern-like foliage. It really is a source of long-lasting and ever-changing interest. Spring and summer green with deep reddish-purple stems. Large, glowing white umbels of flowers in spring, and now, gorgeous golden foliage...which looks ever more smashing with those dark stems.
I couldn't help putting a few grasses in this post...so bear with me. Schizachyrium 'Blue Heaven' is such a stunner...gorgeously purple/pink on cloudy days, and a blazing mix of orange/red/pink/purple in sun...LOVE it!
Joe Pye Weed (Eutrochium) are similar to the previously mentioned Selinum in their very long season of interest. Again, the golden fall foliage is even more striking paired with merlot-tinted stems.
Is it bad of me to admit that I planted this Parthenocissus (Silver-Veined Virginia Creeper) solely because I love it's Autumn color? If so...yes, I'm a bad person. Luckily, it looks good in every other season too...and those blue berries are a definite bonus!
Another fabulous grass, Panicum 'Northwind' is a real winner...stuningly upright with blue-green foliage all summer...which turns a rich mix of yellows and oranges in fall...this looks so amazing with sun coming through it.
Our Parrotia persica trees are only a few years old...and are finally starting to feel like real trees. I'm amazed at how different it feels now when I walk past them...they make the house & garden feel far less exposed. Parrotias can be pretty varied when it comes to fall color. Last year, ours turned a glorious golden yellow before a hard rain kocked the leaves off. This year, they are very slowly turning a crazy mix of orange, red and yellow...every leaf it different.
Another leaf on the same tree...isn't it crazy how different they are?
While Pennisetum 'Vertigo' doesn't change color during Autumn, it's constant brooding coloring is a fabulous foil for it's bedmates. Seen here with Panicum 'Rostralbusch', I love how the more solid 'Vertigo' contrasts with the ephemeral blooms and golden hue of the Panicum.
I leave you with the stained glass spectacle that is Panicum 'Huron Solstice'. For more celbrations of Foliage around the world, head on over to Pam Penick's Digging!