don’t overlook the power of FOLIAGE

Stachys ‘Helen Von Styne’ and Eremurus

Stachys ‘Helen Von Styne’ is running rampant and overtaking Eremurus ‘Cleopatra’, and while I like the look, I’m afraid an intervention is called for.

new tips on conifers

Most of the conifers look like they have been to the salon for a frosting job. The new tips of fresh spring green give them that youthful glow.

Abies Koreana ‘Horstmann’s Silberlocke’

The cones were the attraction on Abies Koreana ‘Horstmann’s Silberlocke’, and finally, after planting it in a pot in 2010, the first cones are putting in an appearance.

miscanthus ?

Huge, stripy grasses are the backbone of several beds here, purchased before I started paying attention to ID beyond Miscanthus.

fern ?

Same story with a couple of ferns that always have a wonderful, swirling presence in the woodland, but are almost magical now as they unfurl.

another fern?

I’m thinking they just might be Osmunda regalis or European Royal Fern. Can anyone out there confirm or deny? Thanks, Pam, for the monthly opportunity to salute foliage in our gardens.

5 Responses to “don’t overlook the power of FOLIAGE”

  1. Shirley Says:

    Nice foliage, those ferns are lovely and I plan to try some in a shady spot.
    Conifers are a rare sight here, I enjoyed seeing them.

  2. Heather Says:

    I want that Korean fir *so* badly. It’s gorgeous.

  3. Pam/Digging Says:

    Neat ferns, and I love the cool stripes of the grass. But best of all I like your description of the conifers going to the salon for a frosting job!

  4. ricki Says:

    Shirley~and so much prettier in real life!

    Heather~Having planted several Abies, this has been the first success story…glad we kept trying.

    Pam~As I wrote those words, I thought of your skill with word-play.

  5. Wendy Says:

    You always have great foliage to show off. I love that shot of the fern. Nature is so amazing.

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