Garden Blogger’s Foliage Day – July 2012
Righty-ho it’s time for the foliage post! it’s pretty much the same as previous months if I’m brutally honest – I guess this is an obvious observation as foliage doesn’t tend to change significantly throughout the year other than in Autumn when leaves turn golds, oranges and reds or in spring with the emergence of fresh growth.
Secondly is a combination I noticed today – Black Elder and Japanese Anemone and then I also noticed that Aster ‘Lady in Black’ blends in nicely with the black elder as it too as a deep purple hue to the edge of its leaves and stems.
Although the Russian Dwarf Almond peaks in Spring, it has a nice dense shrubby habit, and of course Crocosmia has lovely grassy leaves – I need to rip this out as it’s being invaded by grass from next door. I haven’t decided what I will replace it with though so it’s a job for another time. To the far right a bloom from Roseraie de L’hay can be seen – this Shrub rose has done extremely well, not only is it around 6 foot tall but it’s also now nice and dense.
Looking towards the Cherry border and it’s looking far less lush than before – this is because I’ve moved Geranium ‘Samobor’ to the back and hacked Herb robertopewn down and opened up the front a little to allow the Pulmonaria and Maccrorhizum Geraniums some space. I’ve also pulled out a lot of the Foxgloves before they’ve set seed as they will be replaced with the many ‘excelsior’ mix Floxglove seedlings I have. So hopefully I’ll have a wider range of colours – creams, whites and such.
We’re now entering that time of year when the grasses come into their own. Here we have Persicaria surrounded by Miscanthus ‘Flamingo’, the blooms from Pheasant’s grass and Stipa Tenuissima. I know it’s all very crowded but the Stipa was intended for elsewhere and all the rain we’ve had meant I haven’t managed to move it.
Finally, although there are blooms in the shot, it’s actually the ground cover I’m looking at in this shot… if you want a Geranium that blooms profusely and still remains looking good late in the season with no signs of flopping over, try Thursonianum!
And we’ll finish this foliage day with the blade of Japanese Blood grass…