Thursday, September 22, 2011

Foliage Follow-up for September

This month, I am going to take a designers perspective and list the foliage by characteristics: bold, fine, strappy.

Bold foliage:
Colocassia in the Front Walk
towering above the annuals like an umbrella...
holding a water bead.

Canna 'King Humbert' in the Hill Garden

Fine foliage:
Thalictrum 'Splendide'
This meadow rue has provided my favorite foliage all season, and now is crowned with these beautiful flowers.
Thalictrum 'Splendide' in front of Hydrangea 'Limelight'
This plant gives height beside the back gate.

English ivy (Hedera helix)
My ivy topiary balls are coming along from earlier in the season.
Hardy ivy and Sedum 'Acre' covering the hill outside the back gate.
More Sedum 'Acre' in the Front Woodland
Strappy foliage:
Miscanthus sinensis 'Dixieland'
My newest grass, Miscanthus sinensis 'Dixieland' adds just the right touch of light to the Driveway Garden. And I love the way it looks with Geranium 'Rozanne' (above).

Take a visit to Christina at Creating my own garden of the Hesperides for her new Garden Bloggers' Foliage Day
or to Pam at Digging for Foliage Follow-up September


  1. Hi Julie, thanks for joining in and adding my link. I'm pleased you chose flowering plants that have beautiful foliage; that is exactly what I meant about when I choose plants for the garden that the foliage is as important as the flowers. It's not just about things that are evergreen or only foliage. I really like sedum 'acre' and of course being me I like the Miscanthus 'Dixieland very much too. Christina

  2. Love the look of the miscanthus with that strappy foliage. And I love your topiary balls! I've often thought about doing that, but never seem to get around to doing it. Yours look fabulous.

  3. I specially like waterproof leaves. I think lupins are my favourites. They hold a single diamond drop in each middle.

  4. Hi Julie, leaves that hold waterdrops well are so magical. I love the way the colours in the wonderful canna leaf are echoed by the seedheads.

  5. Hello Julie, The foliage you can grow in your part of the world is so different from here. I have tried growing both the colocassia and the canna in the greenhouse but life gets too difficult (ie cold and moist)over the winter. We do grow thalictrum. Even though it's a big plant the flowers and foliage are so dainty.

  6. Lovely post...I adore those Thalictrum...and that Miscanthus is very striking...I think it will look smashing in a few years...quite the focal point!


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