Christinas’s foliage day meme has come round again. it is quite challenging to find fresh foliage after such a dry summer.After writing about plants I don’t like in my last post I quite expect people to reply to this post with comments like: ‘Yuck! you don’t grow that horrible thing do you?’ So taking my courage in both hands I will start with a Begonia. I was rather rude about big, blowsy, tuberous begonias in my last post but I love this hardy one: Begonia grandis subsp. ‘Evansiana’. it grows well in the shade. I love its big, heart-shaped leaves. The flowers growing through it are Hydrangea paniculata.
Close by this is my favourite foliage tree: Cercis canadensis or the Forest Pansy. This poor tree lost two big branches in the recent high winds but it still looks beautiful.
In this same bed just near my spider gate I have the lovely Azara microphylla. I love its little, vanilla smelling flowers in early spring but the shiny foliage looks good all year round.
I first saw this climber Berberidopsis corallina in Jenny Robinson’s garden years ago. I was taken with the round, red flowers, but it has lovely foliage too. Although it seemed perfectly hardy in Jenny’s garden, other people have told me that they lost this in hard winters, so I am keeping my fingers crossed. The frothy dissected foliage on the right is Dahlia coccinea which grows very tall. It has orange flowers but I grow it for the foliage.
A shrub which was new to me last year is Mahonia eurybracteata susbsp.ganpinensis ‘Soft Caress’. Sorry if that is a bit of a mouthful. It hasn’t flowered yet but I love the foliage.
It is quite damp round here so I have primulas and ferns. I think this one is Polystichum setiferum. I am very fond of ferns but remembering their names is not my strong point.
The curly-ended fern, Asplenium scolopendrium ‘Cristatum’ grows in the shade with this Hedychium.
The next one is my favourite fern, I really love it but I can’t think of its name. I wonder if there are any pteridologists out there who can remind me. it will probably come to me in the middle of the night.
Grasses are coming into their own now but perhaps we will save those for next month. I will show you this Uncinia rubra though, growing with the marmalade coloured Heuchera.
I showed you the bamboos by the big pond last time but here is the tall variegated grass Arundo donax ‘Variegata’ which has grown well. It is not supposed to be quite hardy but it seems to survive here all right.
By the small pond this dark -leaved Lobelia cardinalis is doing well in the bog garden.It has lovely dark red flowers but the foliage is pretty without the flowers.
In a pot round the pond there is an Oxalis deppei that someone gave me. I am not terribly keen on Oxalis but I suppose it is quite decorative.
I love the variegated leaf of this Abutilon which lives in the house in the winter.
The succulents come into their own at this time of the year. I used to dislike these fleshy sun-loving plants and now I love them. Seeing them at the beautiful Abbey Gardens at Tresco years ago opened my eyes to their beauty. I wish I had the sort of climate where I could plant them outside and watch them get bigger and bigger.
I will finish with some luscious basil. These are the only two which I managed to save from slug damage. They are far too pretty to eat. The first one is Cinnamon Basil and the next one is the small leaved Greek Basil.
If you go to my hesperidesgarden you will be able to see what lovely foliage other bloggers have in their July gardens.