I am pleased to present my second offering for July’s edition of Garden Bloggers Foliage Day. I am grateful to Christina for developing this idea and inviting me to participate. I do hope you will visit her site.
As I have aged, I have been transforming my garden over time with the goal of reducing maintenance, particularly involving stoop labor and its impact on my lower back. Consequently I am placing more and more emphasis on foliage plants. I find that they are giving me the color I want in my borders even with fewer flowers, while providing dynamic contrast.
Today has been another very gray day, but I have been able to take photographs in fairly decent light.
Euphorbia x martinii ‘Ascot Rainbow
An unidentified Ninebark which I moved from my Chapel Hill garden. When many other purple plants begin to green up during the hot summer, ninebark stays dark, a helpful attribute.
I use a lot of gold variegated liriope (Liriope muscari ‘Variegata’)as a front of the border plant throughout the garden. It seems to enhance all around it. The purple flowers, not yet beginning to be seen, will be a bonus. There is a liriope cultivar available with silver variegation, but it is super invasive, absolutely not recommended.
Believe it or not: this is a gold variety of Leyland cypress named ‘Golconda’ (Cupressocyparis leylandi ‘Golconda’). Leyland cypresses in our area are disease prone, but I have been able to keep ‘Golconda’ fairly free of problems, although I did have to top it to remove a deceased section. It has recovered nicely and is a wonderful addition to my “screen” on the side yard.
I love the color, shape, upright foliage structure, growth habit, and especially the seed pods of Berckmann’s arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis berckmanii).
Goldmound spirea (Spirea bumalda ‘Goldmound’) appears throughout my garden and is beautiful in three seasons.
Carex morrowii ‘Evergold’ has become a favorite grass for shady areas; it thrives in these conditions.
I have a dozen or more hosta in my garden and could have chosen any of them for their foliage. This is one of our favorites: ‘Frances Williams.’ I have a number in pots that have done well and returned for several years with no special protection.
This purple barberry (Berberis thunbergii f. atropurpurea ‘Gentry’ ‘Royal Burgundy’) has served me well. It is smaller than the more popular ‘Crimson Pygmy,’ stays compact, and holds its color in summer in full sun.
How about a gold, ground hugging juniper? This is Juniperus horizontalis ‘Mother Lode.’ Sited at the base of in Indian Hawthorne (Raphiolepsis indica) hedge, it forms a striking boundary with the turf.
I would have included more photographs in this post, but, alas, this little visitor appeared this morning who seemed to be enjoying reducing my foliage plants before my very eyes.