Foliage is everywhere now. At this time of year it is always new, fresh and clean. Last week we have had the first real rain this year, about 60mm in 48 hours, which has been great for the garden and has ensured all the leaves had been newly washed.Hostas catch the rain and look great.Here a big leaf of Hosta Sun & Substance getting larger by the day. A creeping thyme, growing in a planting pocket in the paving, is now covered with new small leaves. In four weeks it will turn purple with small flowers.Another herb, Oregano Origanum vulgare Aureum, has a wonderful yellow/green foliage and makes a great border plant as well as being useful for cooking.Arum italicum Pictum puts on a good display but this is short lived as the leaves disappear once it has flowered.Plume Poppy, Macleaya cordata, grows to about 2m and has the most delicate leaves.
Ferns continue to unwind their leavesand some just put out beautiful coloured leaves such as this Japanese Painted Fern, Athyrium nipponicum Pictum.These are the leaves of Geranium renardii and don’t they look great.Plenty of foliage but the purpose of the photo was to show the plants waiting to be put into the garden! As well as my dahlias, which have been hardened off before planting out, last Wednesday it rained and rained so what do gardeners do. We went to a good plant nursery and filled up the car with more plants!Dahlias in pots having been grown from tubers.And in the green house now the foliage of the future just staring out.Courgettes waiting to be planted. Interesting the golden varieties also have gold leaves.
The gold foliage of Sambucus racemosa Sutherland Gold, Berberis tunmbergii Aurea, Physocarpus opulifolius Dart’s Gold and Euonymus fortunei Emerald ‘n’ Gold looks really great.
And the red foliage is not to be outdone! Heuchera ‘noname’, Berberis thumbergii ‘Red Chief’, Berberis thunbergii ‘Rose Glow’ and Acer palmatum dissectum.
The yew hedges have all put on new growth and look stunning.
Varigated foliage Euonymus fortunei ‘Emerald Gaiety’, Cornus alternifolia Argentea and Osmanthus heterophyllus variegatus also adds interest.The beautiful leaf of Rodgersia aesculifolia gets bigger as the year goes on.Lastly the new leaves on the pleached lime hedge are wonderful.
Do have a look at Christina of My Hesperides Garden where she encourages us to look at the foliage in our garden rather than focusing on the flowers on the 22nd of each month. You will find links to other participating gardens there. Thank you Christina for hosting this meme.
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