Last week, we celebrated flowers, and today we take a look at foliage in the garden, after all, a great garden should balance both, right? Head on over to Pam's site Digging for more FFU posts as well as Christina's Creating my own garden of the Hesperides for Garden Blogger's Foliage Day!
I have to admit, the shady area around the north side of our house is a bit of a foliage hodge-podge. I probably fell into the trap of "one of everying-itis". Oh well...that's the downfall of the plant-obsessed, right?
Agastache 'Golden Jubilee' is one of those great plants with gorgeous foliage and flowers...love it!
One of my absolute favorite plants, Selinum wallichianum, has leaves so finely-divided they make ferns jealous!
For dramatic foliage patterning, you can't beat Persicaria 'Lance Corporal'. It manages to be dramatic without being ostentatious!
I do love the ghostly blue foliage of Sedum sieboldii...and as a bonus, it turns vibrant shades of yellow and red in autumn.
My favorite tall Sedum, 'Matrona'. I love the pewtery leaves and contrasting red stems.
A recent purchase, Sanguisorbia mensiezii...love these blue-gray, serrated leaves...almost like a miniature melianthus.
The newest in my collection of Persicarias, 'Purple Fantasy'. The dramatic color definitely gets more muted as the season progresses, but that's fine by me, as the contrasting chevron is still very apparent.
Another shot of 'Big Daddy', I'm really pleased by how the Oxalis have colonized around the other plants, blanketing the area.
Panicum 'Northwind' may be one of the finest grasses I've ever grown. It doesn't have the wonderful red coloring of many of the Panicums, but it is remarkably upright and has this wonderfully steely-blue coloring.
Another foliage-centric combo in one of my parking strips, with Origanum 'Aureus', Sedum 'Matrona' and Anemethale lessoniana.
Another graceful plant that produces leaves in whorls (who doesn't like saying that), Veronicastrum 'Fascination'.
I honestly don't know if I'm supposed to call this Cimicifuga or Actaea anymore...but who cares, the foliage is still gorgeous, although it's usually much darker than this.
While talking about grasses last week, Heather mentioned that her Panicum 'Shenandoah' was already showing some red coloring in it's leaves. Of course, I ran home in tears, totally defeated. As luck would have it, I was able to dry my eyes the next day, as my Shenandoah was also showing some red coloring. Above is another Panicum, 'Huron Solstice'.
While most of them aren't necessarily grown for their foliage, many Agastache do have nice coloring, especially on their newer foliage, as you can see here in Agastache 'Purple Haze'.
After seeing Ricki's large colony of Acaena inermis 'Purpurea' this spring, I can't help but be a little perturbed that my own plants aren't nearly as vigorous...oh well...they are still pretty...and I can be patient...right?
While it's hard to ignore the multitude of blooms right now, the real reason to grow Amsonia hubrichtii is for the wonderful, thread-like foliage. It forms a substantial, shrub-like mass in the garden after flowering, and turns a wonderful golden color in autumn.
In the backyard, I have to admit, one of the things I'm most pleased about this year is the fact that the Parthenocissus is finally starting to really cover the fence. For some reason, it makes the garden feel more established.
Ahhh...spring...don't you just love all that fresh, new foliage!
Again, Happy Foliage Follow-Up and Garden Bloggers Foliage Day!!!
You have some of the best foliage plants in your collection. I always enjoy looking through the photos.ReplyDelete
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Thanks, Cher...I try ;-)Delete
Gorgeous foliage and fabulous photography as always! It's great to see your Persicaria 'Purple Fantasy' as the one I purchased a month ago is still in it's pot waiting for the lazy gardener at this place to do something with it.ReplyDelete
Amazingly, I found a spot for that Persicaria almost immediately (well, if you consider 2 weeks immediately, which I do)!Delete
I grow the persicaria "Red Dragon" and it is very nice. I didn't know about the other varieties available. I'd like to try them.ReplyDelete
It's a winner, for sure, Phillip! I can try to give you some cuttings of those others, next month, if you like...let me know!Delete
I love looking for good foliage combos and pictures at this time of year, it's no work at all. Everything is so fresh and vibrant. By fall, it's another matter entirely. That last shot is marvelous!ReplyDelete
Hahaha...so true, Alison, in spring, it almost seems too easy!Delete
Another great garden tour Scott. I'll be interested in seeing how your Big Daddy hosta grows this year. I planted a large leaf cultivar named Empress Wu, but she is not wooing me right now. She doesn't seem very happy in her garden placement. May need to move her into a sunnier spot. Love the Persicaria 'Lance Corporal' may have to plant some in an area that lacks a good ground cover. I fear none of my agastache have returned. They seem happier in Portland than Seattle.ReplyDelete
I'm hoping Big Daddy continues to earn his name, Tom...so far, so good! Let me know if you want some seeds from 'Lance Corporal' this fall...it reseeds VERY easily!Delete
So beautiful foliage images you show us! I'm not sure that I know them all! So interesting,I love gardens.Nice to meet you.ReplyDelete
So glad you enjoyed the post, Olympia!Delete
Gorgeous Scott! As always. Love all of those combos. Totally understand the one-of-everything-itis!ReplyDelete
Hahahaha...sometimes, it just happens, right Jen?Delete
I LOVE the foliage hodge-podge shot at the top, just perfect in my opinion. Also seeing that pic of your back garden reminds me I meant to ask if I could take a look back there before I left last Sunday, darn. It looks so different from when I saw it last summer and it was packed full of happy plants.ReplyDelete
You have me considering another persicaria...
What Loree said--I love that first shot!Delete
Thanks for quelling my insecurity, ladies :-) You're both welcome to take a look in the back yard any time...and do let me know if either of you wants some of those Persicarias...most root easily from cuttings...and others I sometimes can find seedlings of in the garden ;-)Delete
Beautiful foliage and beautiful photos as always!
I think I may have to move to Portland, seems to me the weather is a great mix of mild winters, rain and hot summers without being too hot like Florida or Cali....
I love your Acaena inermis 'Purpurea' and how Oxalis is growing underneath other plants; it's leaves are so gorgeous and of course there's the added bonus of blooms a little later in the season!
I have to say, Liz, that Portland has some great weather, for the most part...never cold and rarely too hot :-)Delete
Scott - your garden is just gorgeous. My kind of garden!ReplyDelete
This one blog alone has just had me adding numerous plants to my ever extending wish list. So many new ones for me - I need to do research now!
Oddly enough, I lost my Persicaria Red Dragon this winter. I thought they were pretty much indestructible!
Oh no, Angie...I'm so sad about your 'Red Dragon'...I also thought it was impossible to kill!Delete
You are a foliage master!!!! I love how you group your plants...so much. And your vine photo is just beautiful - is that your favorite patio to hang out?ReplyDelete
It's both my favorite patio...and our only patio, Heather ;-) I love sitting back there...watching the bees and hummingbirds :-)Delete
Naturally it's all lovely but I keep going back to that first shot. Who cares if it's one of this and one of that, the combination is sheer perfection. The foliage Persicaria that seeds all over for me is 'Painter's Pallette'. Damn if I can't get Red Dragon to make it through a winter.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Sue...I don't feel so self-conscious about it now :-) Oh yes, I think 'Painter's Palette' is basically the same as 'Lance Corporal', the patterning of the leaves is just different.Delete
Your garden. Is lovely Scott, flowers then and now foliage. Love the vine clinging and draping on your fence, looks so elegant!ReplyDelete
Thanks, guys...I adore that vine...especially in the fall when it turns bright red...LOVE IT!Delete
you should have named this one variations on 50 shades of GREEN!!!!never mind I will use this later hahaReplyDelete
Hahahaha...that's PERFECT, Sharon...I may just steal it yet for a future post ;-)Delete
Wow, I loved looking at your foliage..you have a extensive and stunning collection.ReplyDelete
So many of them I recognize from our coastal White Rock climate...and sadly many of them will not do well up here where it's too dry, and rot, and cold, and snowy...lol.
But it's so good to see them in your garden.
That's the way of it, isn't it, Jen...and there are things we can't quite grow here, since we don't have the extremes of hot/cold...sigh!Delete
I don't grow any Persicaria but you're making me feel I can't afford to be without it. I do have Veronicastrum Fascination - mine is not as far along as yours, but it is a great plant. I like that golden color on your Agastache. I just have the straight species.ReplyDelete
You need some Persicaria, Jason, it would look perfect in your garden! I have the straight species of Agastasche too, and love them both :-)Delete
Love all of this Scott! I had to give up Persicaria, still pulling out pieces of it, too large for my narrow pathway. I just ringed my Panicum Northwind in the alley garden this morning because it leans forward due to the fence. I have Amsonia Northwind Select (not on the market except at Northwind Perennial Farm) and I still cannot figure out the difference. When I talk to Roy Diblik again I will ask why the Select is better than Hubrechtii.ReplyDelete
Hahahaha...you have to let me know the difference when you find out about the Amsonia, Elieen!Delete
I expected the grasses (you have the "grass blog" in my mind), but your other foliage plants are just as beautiful. As before, I'm particularly smitten by Persicaria 'Lance Corporal'. But that blue sedum is also stunning.ReplyDelete
'Lance Corporal' is definitely a fave, Pam, and it's so easy to grow!Delete
I'm sure persicaria starts would prove highly popular at future swaps (we're a greedy bunch, dontcha know). Your acaena looks happy enough to reward your patience. My big swath of it started from one 4" pot. Two others languished and died.ReplyDelete
Good to know about the Acaena, Ricki, you've given me hope. Note taken about the Persicaria...I'll start some cuttings :-)Delete
You are a foliage artist.ReplyDelete
Love your foliage photos as well as the many bloom photos you posted previously. Great gardens!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Joene...so glad you enjoyed them!Delete
You had me at "Big Daddy" - Gorgeous pictures as always.ReplyDelete
Hahahaha...that's what she said!Delete
Scott what a great display of so much foliage...I love how you fill the space with the various colors of green and bronzes. I just saw some lupines blooming in the meadow...love them.ReplyDelete
OMG...aren't Lupines amazing!Delete
That last photo looks like Clematis recta 'Purpurea' but I didn't see you name it so maybe not. Whatever it is, I bet that's Geranium 'Ann Folkard' next-door, which is a brilliant idea. Love the Persicaria 'Purple Fantasy' too -- love it all!ReplyDelete
You are right on the mark, Denise! I must have forgotten to label that last photo, oops!Delete
What a wonderful post about the foliage. To me in my small garden a very important thing. Thanks for sharing all this beauty ScottReplyDelete
Have a wonderful weekend ahead.
Thanks for stopping by, Marijke, so glad you liked the post :-)Delete
Your garden is looking amazing and what lovely foliage throughout.ReplyDelete
You have some beautiful leafy things going on in your garden. The freshness and incredible diversity make it a joy to look at, no bright flowers needed! The simple things, like sedum and lupines, are just as lovely as the more exotic looking foliage.ReplyDelete
I totally agree, sometimes the "common" plants are even better than those rare ones :-)Delete
Your garden is mind-bogglingly AMAZING! Just packed with fabulous foliage. I think my favorite combo is that golden oregano with sedum and the grass. And that chartreuse geranium - wow! I'm taking notes here...ReplyDelete
I was super-pleased by those combos, they were a bit of good luck, I think :-)Delete
I personally prefer gardens with a hodgepodge of foliage. And your Big Daddy hosta is gorgeous! Where do you recommend finding persicarias? I didn't realize that I needed a 'Purple Fantasty' until this post. Thanks!ReplyDelete
I've had the best luck finding Persicarias at Joy Creek...I got most of mine there. 'Purple Fantasy' I just stumbled upon at Dancing Oaks...and I grabbed the last one...hopefully they have more now :-)Delete
I suffer a bit from "one of everying-itis" too, my garden is tiny and I see so many things I want - and now I found something new in your post; Persicarias, 'Purple Fantasy' - lovely! Well, they are all lovely, but some more than other.ReplyDelete
Oh, by the way, I grow Parthenocissus too, I have two 9 year old Parthenocissus henryana plants, as Bonsai trees! Well worth a visit if you haven't seen them yet, you can easily make the same from yours.
A Parthenocissus bonsai...that's outstanding!!!Delete
How fabulous! I too had never seen or heard of Persicaria 'Purple Fantasy'. I need to find that. What a beauty. Yes spring is wonderful with all the brand new, pristine foliage. Great post and great photos as always!ReplyDelete
"Purple Fantasy' is a great plant...I think you'll start seeing it around more...it's the perfect size for smaller gardens :-)Delete
Fantastic, Scott! Amazing you do all that you do in such a small space!ReplyDelete
And it seems to be getting smaller all the time, Riz ;-)Delete
I have TOTAL Rodgersia envy! And I hang my head in regretful shame - I managed to kill my Panicum 'Shenandoah' last summer. All power to you - you have a beautiful garden!ReplyDelete
It took those Rodgersias YEARS to look that good...they seem to finally be happy! So sad about your 'Shenandoah'...those are practically impossible to kill!Delete
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Eutrochium.....holy smokes - I missed that name change - but Eupatorium or Eutrochium - a great group of plants. And Gateway is magnificent. Have mine combined with a bunch of big girls - Persicaria polymorphs & a big Rudbeckia. I think my favourite is E. coelistinum. That oregano is to die-for - edible, or just gorgeous?ReplyDelete
The scary thing, Barbara, is I think they just changed the names AGAIN!!! I cannot keep up! I really want that E. coelistinum...but I've heard it can be a bit of a thug...what's your experience been with it?Delete