Garden Bloggers Foliage Day: 22 August 2015

Today is Garden Bloggers Foliage Day, sponsored by Christina at My Hesperides Garden. Rather than include a large group of individual foliage plants, many of which I have shown in earlier posts, I decided to focus on only one area. Perhaps one could call this a vignette, albeit a somewhat large one.


These plants form the backdrop in the corner of my back garden and help frame “Grammy’s New Bench,” an obvious favorite of My Arranger. I often sit there with an early morning cup of coffee or an afternoon glass of wine to enjoy looking back into the garden. It is a great place to listen to the birds chirping in the woods behind.

I would like to say that I had meticulously planned for the overall effect of the different sizes, shapes and shades of green provided by the crape myrtle (unidentified), Viburnum plicatum var. tomentosum ‘Summer Snowflake,’ Thuja ‘Green Giant,’ Cryptomaria japonica ‘Yoshino,’ and Ilex crenata ‘Sky Pencil.’ But, alas, it is a classic case of serendipity.


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 Stallings, NC with his wife, in close proximity to six of his eight grandchildren.
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10 Responses to Garden Bloggers Foliage Day: 22 August 2015

  1. Christina says:

    That’s truly beautiful, I don’t think you’ve shown this view before. I am sure you and your arranger love sitting on the bench. That is something I will definitely add to my design. Christina. Thanks for joining on GBFD again this month. I think the view you have shared is exactly what this meme is all about.


    • johnvic8 says:

      Christina. Please accept my apologies for attributing GBFD to someone else. I have corrected the post. Some call it a “Senior Moment;” I rather like to call it a “Classic Moment.” I appreciate your comments. It’s wonderful sometimes how things come together that you really didn’t plan. This was a case of that. Of course, there are also consequences to poor planning, and I confess to my guilt there. At least those times are mostly correctable.

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  2. pbmgarden says:

    I’m a strong admirer of serendipity in the garden. You lovely space looks like quite a haven. The new bench is a great addition.


  3. Pauline says:

    What a lovely spot to sit, have a coffee and listen to the birds, all backed by a beautiful tapestry of foliage.


  4. Annette says:

    Beautiful spot indeed, John, looks like a painting. I do love the mature trees along your boundary.


  5. How elegant a little corner you’ve grown for your Arranger’s bench. I love the contrasting textures here. It must still be lovely in winter with the many evergreens you’ve planted. I like that you have focused on one area made special by the foliage.


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