Garden Bloggers’ Foliage Day: March 2016

Today is Garden Bloggers’ Foliage Day, sponsored by Christina at My Hesperides Garden. I have chosen to focus this month’s offering on just a few of the plants that are showing emerging foliage as they awaken to spring.

I like to keep a few perennials in pots on our screen porch; heucheras and hostas have done quite well for us (and it keeps the critters away from them). Heuchera ‘Cinnamon Curls’ is newly planted, and Hosta ‘Guacomole’ is just emerging from its wintry sleep on the porch.

Two years ago I planted this pot and it has come through two winters in great shape. It contains Heuchera villosa ‘Citronelle,’ Ajuga reptans ‘Mahogany,’ Lysimachia nummularia ‘Creeping Jenny,’ and Hosta x ‘Empress Wu.’


Other plants with new foliage emerging include Ligustrum sinense ‘Sunshine, Berberis thunbergii ‘Bonanza,’ Itoh peony ‘Keiko’ and ‘Heuchera ‘Caramel.’

Please visit Christina at My Hesperides Garden and see her lovely garden.

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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14 Responses to Garden Bloggers’ Foliage Day: March 2016

  1. Pauline says:

    This is a lovely time of year for beautiful new growth on our plants. I love the foliage on your Heuchera Cinnamon Curls, it is so beautiful.


  2. pbmgarden says:

    Your peony look full of promise. Heuchera Cinnamon Curls looks amazing.


    • johnvic8 says:

      I think Cinnamon Curls is new this year. I just saw it and (as usual)just HAD to have it. We have had good luck with heucheras on the screened porch. Just have to turn them regularly so the get equal light over time.

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  3. Cathy says:

    Growing hostas in pots is a great idea. The snails love them here, but they usually eat seedlings and anything I dare to plant new first (!) and save the hostas for later. That’s a pretty Heuchera in your first photo. I love them all and should plant more as they at least are snailproof!


    • johnvic8 says:

      Fortunately the deer haven’t figured out how to get into the screened porch. I have found that heucheras and hostas do well in pots, and you can move them around the garden as desired.

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  4. Love the two red Heuchera – ‘Caramel’ and ‘Cinnamon Curl’.


  5. Christina says:

    Hi John, thanks for joining this month, sorry I was late posting. Your Heucheras are so colourful, no flowers needed! I’m hoping that when the new woodland area has more shade I’ll be able to grow them more successfully.

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  6. bittster says:

    The heucheras look great. Do they ask for a lot of attention from you?
    Mine have been in for about two years and I think they’d appreciate a replanting and improving of the soil. More work than I like doing, but if they come up as yours have it will be worth it!


    • johnvic8 says:

      I don’t do a lot to my heucheras. I always plant them in new soil mixture (my own recipe) in the ground or in pots. In late winter I prune out most of the old foliage. I don’t fertilize after planting. I deadhead the flowers as I really grow them for the foliage. I’ve had a few that have flourished in the same spot (ground and pot) for over eight years and they continue to look great. Others have floundered after a few years, so I have just replaced them. I think the problem was poor siting on my part.


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