What a lovely time of the year to join in with Christina’s monthly foliage meme.
Russell Page, whose book: ‘The Education of a Gardener‘ has been so influential, wasn’t keen on masses of flowers without foliage. He said of the herbaceous border: ‘This extensive and brightly coloured hay, ( for that is what many herbaceous plants quite simply are) has neither body nor character enough to make broad planting look other than flimsy.‘ I couldn’t be without my coloured hay, but as Christina constantly points out, flowers look so much better supported by beautiful foliage.
Here is some of the foliage which I am particularly pleased with at the moment.
The ‘Forest Pansy’ is my favourite foliage plant in the garden. I love the sun on the purple, heart-shaped leaves. It needs a sheltered spot and I am going to find space for another one, I love it so much.
Also with dark red foliage, Malus ‘Princeton Cardinal’ has fruits which are a perfect match.
Pink foliage makes quite a statement and I am enjoying this acer in my winter garden. It started off as a tiny thing in a pot and now it is growing in the soil it is romping away. I love the way the stems are pink as well as the leaves.
I have another pink leaved shrub and that is Lophomyrtus x alphii ‘Magic Dragon’. It likes a moist soil and I hope it is hardy. It survived last winter alright.
Stilll on the pink theme, I bought a beautiful pink Pennisetum this year. It is called Pennisetum setaceum ‘Fireworks’ and that is a very good name for it. Like the lovely Pennisetum setaceum ‘Rubrum’, it is not hardy. I hope it will survive in a pot in the greenhouse this winter.
Lots of grasses are looking good now. Although it is not strictly foliage, I must show you my crazy Stipa barbata seedheads. This lovely shimmering grass head twists and turns in the breeze and turns everybodys’ heads. I first saw it some years ago in Beth Chatto’s garden and when I eventually found seeds for it I was delighted. I don’t know why this lovely grass is not often available in nurseries.
In the winter garden Euphorbia characias ‘Glacier Blue’ is looking good with some purple Nicotiana flowers and ferns and grasses,
I have shown quite a few ferns on this blog, as I love them, even if I am not very good at remembering their names.The Japanese Painted Fern is easy to remember though and how pretty it is.
And now for some yellow leaves. I love the bright yellow variegated leaves of this Corokia x virgata ‘Sun Splash’. Corokias are quite wiry and contorted in their habit. This is the first time I have come across a yellow one, so I had to buy it.
I fell for the gorgeous, shiny, copper and yellow foliage of a Coprosma repens ‘Pina Colada’ at the summer plant fair at Hyde Hall. The leaves look as if they have been polished. I have it in a pot at the moment because I am not entirely sure how hardy it is. Does anyone grow it?
Also in a pot I have Itea ilicifolia with its lovely green tassels. I think this plant needs a sunny sheltered spot to survive. As I have already lost one, I will keep this in the greenhouse and plant it out in the spring.
I saw a beautiful one on the terrace at Great Dixter this summer.
I like the white margined leaves of Cornus alternifolia ‘Argentea’ which I grow by the pond. This was a cutting from one in a previous garden but now it has developed in to a nice shrub. It is a bit similar in habit to the Wedding Cake tree, Cornus controversa.
Nearby, also by the pond is another acer. I have forgotten its name but it looks good with the Forest pansy beyond.
With all this bright foliage I still love green leaves. I have a Mahonia which I grow for its lovely, soft foliage even though it does have yellow flowers. There are no prickles on this one, so the name is very appropriate.
And now for my giant Dahlia imperialis which I keep in the greenhouse as it is not hardy. I grew it from seed and I didn’t realise that this plant can grow to 20 feet. My plants are 3 years old and the stems look like bamboo canes.
The trouble is that this dahlia blooms in November, or would do if the merest frost didn’t blacken it entirely. If you google it you will see that it has such beautiful blooms. I don’t suppose I will ever see them. If I had any sense I would get rid of this cuckoo and grow something more appropriate to the climate. But as you see I have no sense. But I did open the greenhouse window this year to assist it in its bid for freedom. The Tree Dahlia is a good name for it.
Late in September and there is a touch of autumn in the air. And it has arrived in my last picture of the Virginia Creeper which has covered the sheds and is now scrambling up a nearby holly tree.
So there we have it, some of my favourite foliage this September. What are you enjoying at the moment? Thanks to Christina at MyHesperides garden for hosting this meme.
I am sorry that I am unable to comment on the blogs I follow at the moment but I hope to be able to catch up soon.