For many of us, foliage is anything but an afterthought…even in June
It took a long time for Calluna vulgaris ‘Cottswood Gold’ to begin spilling over the rocks shoring up this berm, but it was well worth the wait.
A similar effect was achieved instantly with this Hakanachloa macra from our garden bloggers’ plant swap (thanks, Loree). That’s Panicum ‘Shenandoah’ in the background.
I find Lychnis coronaria to be at its prettiest right now, just before it begins pumping out all of those hot magenta blooms.
New foliage on Rhododendron ‘Ebony Pearl’ comes in fiery hues before fading to near-black.
New foliage of Hydrangea quercifolia emerges into the waiting embrace of Sambucus negra ‘Eva’.
The cones on Abies koreana ‘Horstmann’s Silberlocke’ keep getting bigger and more colorful, but I’ve yet to find the right camera setting to capture them effectively. I’ll keep trying, but believe me when I tell you that they are purple, with little crests of chartreuse…stunning.
If you doubt my commitment to foliage, here is a grouping of pots by our front steps. The only thing blooming is the Saxifrage stolonifera, and that came as a surprise.
I have learned to give center stage to any pot that has reached its moment of glory as has this simple terra cotta filled with Haworthia reinwardtii (that dark, fleshy plant in back) and another succulent whose name I do not know. They are elbowing each other for dominance and will probably be unable to cohabit much longer. For the moment, it’s a match made in heaven.