Garden Bloggers Foliage Day – October 2011
This month I thought I’d join in with this meme held by Christina, however I’ve never been big on foliage, I don’t often think about it and it certainly isn’t the only reason I buy something. Generally I buy for wildlife i.e. flowers, berries and spikes for safety.
The corkscrew rush and stipa are quite different too; the rush is most definitely very different to most things. Really I ought to get a corkscrew hazel to continue the twisty theme.
Neither plant has filled out yet so I can’t really show them against each other – the stipa was only planted a week or so ago.
The crocosmia leaves are dying back gracefully, I do love their lush grassiness; even if they don’t have such a long blooming time (actually, I guess that’s a lie as I have one in the back garden still blooming!!! Crazy)
This is one area where I enjoy the more structural elements of the Verbenas but there’s very little in the way of foliage; I do, however like the foliage on the Cosmos. I need to add some stipa next year to try to add interest in the lower section. I’ve protected the pennisetum, but have little hope of it surviving if we have another winter like last year.
The Russian Dwarf Almond generally ends up with spots on its leaves… Must be some sort of infection, but these ones here have managed to stay nice and clear… Oh and I never got round to posting the almonds I got off it this year! 😀
The Aster border is quickly becoming the grass border… I’ve planted the Japanese Blood Grass and some Stipas in there purely to protect them over winter rather than being in tiny little plastic pots. I had originally intended to move them, but I have the feeling that once they settle in, I might well leave them and see how the layers of grasses look together. We have two different types of Stipa, a Pheasant’s grass, the Japanese Blood grass, Miscanthus ‘Flamingo’ and some Deirama and Irises which look grassy too.
Further round we also have Panicum virgatum ‘Rehbaum’ with the lighter grass in the background being Pheasant’s tail grass. It survived last winter but didn’t produce many new shoots. So I’m considering cutting it back hard and seeing if it recovers well.
Acer ‘Katsura’ and the crazy ‘cousin it’ Cotoneaster. I’m still undecided whether the Cotoneaster will stay, but for now the birds will enjoy the berries. (Willows in the background behind the Acer too)
And I think that’s about all I have for the foliage show… perhaps next year I’ll get to grips with the idea of foliage. Hopefully the ferns will mature next year and we’ll have more to look at too, as many of them are still small and aren’t very impressive.