It is a pleasure to make the first report of the new year for Garden Bloggers Foliage Day, a monthly review focusing on our garden’s foliage, created and hosted by Christina at Creating my own garden of the Hesperides.
The weather has turned in our region of North Carolina, at least for the next few days. I spent a very happy…and warm… hour yesterday in the garden, trimming the pansies and violas of frost damaged blossoms, cutting back a few hardy herbs to stimulate their growth when it warms, pruning a Knock Out rose, and taking photographs of foliage plants in the garden for this report. Each of the plants pictured here have (so far) survived a very cold winter for our region. I don’t know what the next month or so will bring weather wise, but the demonstrated hardiness of these is reason enough to be confident.
‘Ascot Rainbow’ Euphorbia x martinii keeps its variegated foliage through the winter; its new growth comes out in striking deep red.
Variations in leaf form, color, and size: Carex morowii ‘Evergold,’ Heuchera villosa ‘Caramel,’ and Dryopteris erythrosora ‘Autumn Fern.’
Top: Ajuga reptans ‘Mahogany’ and Cupressocyparis laylandi ‘Golconda’
Bottom: Ilex cornuta ‘Carissa’ and Liriope muscari ‘Variegata’
Iberis sempervirens ‘Candytuft’ held up well to the cold and is now showing buds galore.
Bottom: Gelsemium sempervirens ‘Carolina jessamine’ and Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘Sungold’
Thuja occidentalis berckmanii ‘Berckman’s arborvitae, Nandina domestica ‘Gulfstream,’ and Aucuba japonica ‘Mr. Goldstrike’
The parsley has survived quite nicely on the patio, is still available for our use, but will soon go to seed, become bitter, and will be replaced with a fresh batch.
Please visit Christina at Creating my own garden of the Hesperides and see what others are reporting in their January gardens.