Today is Garden Bloggers Foliage Day for August, and I am pleased to present an example of how foliage can be used to create an interesting and dynamic picture. This photograph shows a side of one of my four island beds.
The visible plants (from left to right) are: Boxwood ‘Winter Gem,’ Carex morowii ‘Evergold,’ Spirea ‘Anthony Waterer,’ Dianthus gratianopolitanus ‘Bath’s Pink,’ Ilex crenata ‘Sky Pencil,’ Chamaecyparis ‘Golden Mop,’ Rosa x ‘Radcon’ (pink Knockout rose), a pink unidentified heirloom peony, Dianthus ‘Bath’s Pink,’ Berberis thunbergii ‘Crimson Pygmy,’ Iris sibirica ‘Caesar’s Brother,’ Sedum ‘Autumn Joy,’ and Echinacea ‘Pixie Meadowbrite’ coneflower. They have a range of colors, shapes, heights, foliage patterns, texture, and leaf forms. Maintenance for this part of the garden is generally a once-a-year cleanup effort and a bit of deadheading (My “arranger” likes me to keep things on the tidy side).
I trim the boxwood into its formal shape usually twice a year. I eventually moved the ‘Golden Mop’ (it was a poor choice for the location; destined to be too big) and replaced it with a ‘Goldmound’ Spirea bumalda and achieved the same view. Although several of these plants do indeed produce attractive flowers, the focus of this part of the garden is clearly the foliage…all season long.
Thanks to Christina for originating this idea for the 22nd of each month.