Spring has sprung and love is in the air.
Lovely fresh young foliage is opening up at last. I have a crab apple with red leaves in the orchard. They buds are just beginning to open. I can’t wait for the lovely dark pink flowers.
I love crab apples for the flowers and fruit and I would certainly like to add a few more to the orchard. One of my favourite yellow-fruited ones is Malus transitoria which has masses of little fruits which look just like beads. I have a little one which I grew from seed. It is about 6 years old and just over 4 feet tall. I don’t know whether it will come true from seed; I am really looking forward to it producing its first starry white flowers and then yellow fruit.
I have a weeping purple leaved Cercis canadensis which is just coming into leaf. This is quite an old tree, I brought it with me when I moved. It doesn’t grow very big but it is such a pretty shape and has lovely shaped leaves. In the Autumn the leaves smell of toffee apples.
The orange buds of Spiraea japonica ‘Goldflame’ are looking pretty. The young leaves are a delight but in summer they lose their brightness and the shrub produces pink flowers which clash terribly with the leaves and I loathe it. I threaten too get rid of it each Summer, but in the Spring it gets to stay a little longer.
My new winter garden will rely on attractive foliage to make it interesting all year round.
I found a Photinia which is new to me. I love ‘Red Robin’ which has leaves that become bright red in Spring but this is pretty too.
I think a pink or purple tinge on the foliage is pretty. I bought these two hebes for the winter garden.
Heucheras are good value for interesting foliage and I think I will get some more. These are the ones I have in the winter garden. I wonder why they all have foody names.
Bergenias are brilliant for shiny foliage too. Beth Chatto’s Nursery has a wonderful range and I shall certainly get some more when Julie from PeoniesandPosies and I go there next month.
I have just noticed the chewed leaves on this Bergenia. Oh dear, I hope it is not the dreaded vine weevil.
In the winter garden two euphorbias are looking really good at the moment. Some of the new hybrids have wonderful foliage.
In the greenhouse the foliage of Aeonium ‘Zwartkop’ is looking very bronze. Later in the season it will turn red.
I will finish with the foliage which is really exciting me. The spring treasures, Erythroniums and Trilliums will be blooming soon. Meanwhile I am enjoying the glossy foliage.
Thanks to Christina at Myhesperidesgarden for hosting the meme: Garden Bloggers’ Foliage Day. Spring is a wonderful time to enjoy fresh new leaves, so please share the foliage which is delighting you at the moment. If you visit Christina’s blog you will see her wonderful use of foliage for all round interest in her garden. I visited Christina last year and I was so impressed by her wonderful use of foliage throughout the garden; she has designed her garden with great flair and an artist’s eye.