Today I am joining in with Christina’s GBFD. This is a chance to really look at the foliage in our gardens and appreciate the valuable contribution it makes to the garden as a whole. This is particularly true in May when it is all looking its best.
Hostas are looking wonderful just now if we have managed to keep the slugs and snails off them. I don’t like using pellets so it means regular inspections and various ways of dispatching them; all of them revolting.
I keep several Hostas in pots round my pond as part of the heron barrier. I love ‘Sum and Substance’, it gets absolutely huge and looks quite dramatic in a pot. I love its crinkly leaves.
Another favourite is the blue and yellow ‘H.’June’.
I didn’t realize until I posted this photograph that there is some slug damage. I shall remove the leaf because it will look unsightly all summer.
Also in a pot by the pond is this gorgeous golden and green striped grass: Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’.
I love the contrast of the leaves with the Hosta and the Iris leaves.
I have a little tree by the pond, it is quite small because I grew it from a cutting and it hasn’t had time to get very big yet. It is Cornus alternifoila ‘Argentea’
The other trees round the pond are Acers in pots.
If we walk down the garden there is a large golden Philadelphus: Philadelphus coronarius ‘Aureus’ near the gate on the right. The cream flowers are out now and the bumble bees love them. The real impact comes from the golden leaves.
Further down I love the bronze leaves of Cotinus coggygria ‘Grace’. Behind it is a bronze coloured Acer. Nearby is the lovely apricot coloured hybrid musk rose ‘Buff Beauty’.
On the other side of the garden there is a mature Cotinus coggygria which I think is ‘Royal Purple’. I have a dark leaved late flowering honeysuckle growing in front of it: Lonicera periclymenum ‘Serotina’.
I love bronze foliage and the frothy bronze fennel is a particular favourite. I love it with this young Acer griseum tree. The rose peeping on the edge of the shot is the David Austin rose ‘Summer Song.’ It just matches the new orange leaves on the Acer.
Blue leaves are always attractive and I am fond of the rarely seen Berberis temolaica which keeps its lovely blue colour all summer.
On the way to the big pond at the end of my wall the soil never dries out. The ferns here grow enormous.
The pond is in a deep hole which I call The Pit’ I can’t understand why it was made so deep. Maybe it is an ancient pond and whoever dug it was trying to reach the water table. I am never very happy with it. I have planted bamboos round it because it needs something big and spreading. I have the lovely Chusquea couleou from the rain forests of Chile.
Another favourite bamboo is Thamnocalamus crassinodus ‘Kew Beauty’ which comes from Tibet. it is very dainty. Neither of these two bamboos is invasive.
Phyllostachys aureosulcata ‘Aureocaulis’ may turn out to be a bit more of a thug but I don’t mind because there is plenty of space here under the weeping willow. It has lovely golden culms.
I am going to finish with the lovely foliage plant I bought at Crug nursery in Wales. I have never seen it before. It is called Bessiana calthifolia. As you see it is still in its pot, I had better go and plant it now.
Thank you Christina at MyHesperidesgarden for hosting this great meme.