Garden Bloggers Foliage Day: A First Attempt

I am delighted to accept the invitation from Christina to join gardeners for her suggested Garden Bloggers Foliage Day. This will be my first humble attempt to participate on the 22nd of the month.

Here is a view of my side garden which has a southern exposure. Consequently, it spends most of the day in blistering sun and high heat. I have been pleased with its development since it was planted seven years ago in deep, well drained soil that I prepared after the wall was constructed. I am careful to provide water when needed. It consists primarily of plants of different color, texture, shape and size. The iris and peonies, of course, are quite colorful in spring, and the Montauk daisies and reblooming iris brighten the fall. However, it is the foliage that carries the bed through the year.


My side garden

A narrow path runs through the center of the bed.

At the front of the border are (left to right): Cleyera japonica (Ternstroemia gymnanthera), bearded iris ‘Clarence,’ several peonies, rosemary and other plants not quite visible here, Thuja occidentalis ‘Globosa Aurea,’ three Montauk daisies (Nipponanthemum nipponicum), purple barberry Berberis thunbergii ‘Gentry,’ bearded iris ‘Immortality,’ Clematis ‘Comptesse de Bouchard,’ Phlox sublata ‘Emerald Blue,’ gold barberry Berberis thunbergii ‘Aurea,’ and English boxwood (Buxus sempervirens).

Along the border next to the house are (left to right): ‘Emerald Green’ arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis), ‘Baby Gem’ boxwood (Buxus micro. var. japonica), Clematis ‘General Sikorski,’ Nandina domestica, Berckman’s arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis berckmanii), Nandina domestica, and Clematis ‘Comptesse de Bouchard.’

Some detail from the area not quite visible in the photo above:


From the left: heirloom peonies, ‘Winter Gem’ boxwood, Euphorbia martini ‘Ascot Rainbow,’ Phlox sublata ‘Emerald Blue,’ Carissa holly (Ilex cornuta), Rosemary, and ‘Globosa Aurea’ arborvitae. This area is truly a garden of foliage.

An additional look at the border detail next to the wall:


From left: ‘Globosa Aurea’ arborvitae, three Montauk daisies, purple barberry ‘Gentry,’  and bearded iris ‘Immortality.’  Behind are the Berckman’s arborvitae and nandina.

Visit Christina at Garden of the Hesperides and see how she and other participants are using foliage in their gardens.

About johnvic8

John Viccellio retired after 24 years in the U. S. Navy and began to dig into gardening when he could finally land in one place. He completed the Master Gardener course in 1992 and has since designed and constructed two of his own gardens. He wrote a monthly garden column for ten years and was a regular contributor to Carolina Gardener magazine. John published his first book, Guess What's in My Garden!, in 2014. He lives in a retirement community in Matthews, NC.
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4 Responses to Garden Bloggers Foliage Day: A First Attempt

  1. pbmgarden says:

    John, this is a nicely planned area.


    • johnvic8 says:

      Thanks. This area continues to change over the years…a plant passes on in the heat, I see something new that I just HAVE to have, or my back is getting way too tired to deal with the stoop labor involved with a particular plant (e.g., roses). I enjoy the evolution.


  2. Christina says:

    Thank you for accepting my invitation to join GBFD this month. I like your planting very much and note your reason for the evolution of the area (to Susie, above), I think those reasons are common among gardeners; the garden must change as we do. The form and textures work well together.


  3. johnvic8 says:

    I appreciate your initiative in suggesting GBFD. As I have changed, so has my garden in response.


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