Foliage – November 2011

I am finding foliage more and more interesting as a background to flowers and also as a way of creating texture and interest in the border without relying on flowers.  However, all that is irrelevant come the Autumn when the changing leaves steal the show no matter what is flowering in your garden.

The Acer above is a real favourite of mine mainly for sentimental reasons as my sons bought it for me about six years ago when they were staying with my sister.  They bought a small bush from a DIY store and it had no label.  However, it has thrived and I find myself wondering how I can propagate it in the future so when I eventually move I can take a bit with me.

As you can see the tree is slightly one-sided and this is because I discovered that the right side was being smothered by a seedling Rowan tree which I have now removed.  I am hoping that with more light the right hand side will send up some more branches.

The other contributor to Autumn colour at the moment is thePrunus incisa ‘Kojo-no-mai’.  This is a shrub that just keeps giving. It has lovely white flowers in the spring and then come the Autumn you get a firey display.


In contrast to the red there is some more yellow acidic foliage.  Firstly Choisya Sundance which when I looked at it today looks a little sun bleached.  I find this hard to believe as we haven’t exactly had much of a hot summer so I suspect this is due to lack of water or its possibly in need of a good feed.

I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with Helianthus Lemon Queen which has become quite a thug in my garden but  I do  like the way its leaves slowly fade from green to this lovely buttery yellow.  They look especially good when the sun shines on them though of course there was no sun today so you will have to trust  me on that one.

Finally I spotted these wonderful washed out leaves on a Sedum.  The Sedum generally has quite dark purple leaves but this one off-shoot seems to have lost its colour.  The patterns on the leaves reminds me of the marbling pictures we used to do as a child.

So that is my foliage for this month, of course there is still a lot of green in the garden but I thought I would focus on the non-green this month.

For more Foliage posts  visit Christina’s blog – Creating My Own Garden of  The Hesperides

Author: Helen Johnstone

I live in Malvern, Worcestershire and am a very keen gardener. I started the Patient Gardener Blog in January 2008 as a way of recording what was happening in my garden and connecting with other like-minded people. I started a second blog PatientGardener 365 January 2013 in order to try and post a photo a day to capture what is growing in my garden or places I have visited

15 thoughts on “Foliage – November 2011”

  1. Hi Helen, you said you didn’t have much foliage but that doesn’t seem to be true, the foliage you’ve posted is stunning. I love that so much of autumn colour is actually pink to crimson rather than the reds, oranges and yellow that one expects. Prunus incisa ‘Kojo-no-mai’ is wonderful, I remember when you posted the flowers in spring, thinking that the season of interest was so short for flowering cherries but with this kind of autumn colour its worth grwoing for that alone. Thanks for joining in GBFD with such a great post.

  2. Love your Acer Helen, what a beautiful colour the leaves have become, certainly a special tree because of who gave it to you. I have grown on some seeds from Osakazuki and they have come the same fiery red as their parent. My Ko jo no mai hasn’t started turning colour yet, maybe soon if the weather gets colder. This is a lovely time of year in the garden, so different from summer.

  3. some lovely colours there Helen, I like your asymetrical acer it makes it even more interesting, the colour is beautiful, isn’t it interesting how label less plants can sometimes be the best, Frances

  4. Another wonderful tree for this time of the year is Acer Griseum which has stunning autumn colour, as well as an unusual peeling orange-coloured bark. The beauty of this charming tree is that it is slow growing – which makes it ideal for small gardens.

  5. Helen,
    I love the red coloring on your Prunus incisa. My weeping Prunus tree turns sunshine yellow against the October sky, though we are not quite to that point yet this year.

    That is an unusual shade on your sedum. You might want to keep an eye on that shoot… the stuff of new varieties in the making (S. ‘Helen’s Surprise’ perhaps?). 😉

  6. I love foliage, almost as much as flower. Your prunus is lovely and the sedum too. I also totally understand the attachment to plants that comes from where they came from. I have quite a few of those!

  7. Gorgeous foliage Helen! This year I’ve found Acers to be more staggered when it comes to shedding leaves, with some starting as early as mid September (possibly triggered by drought) whilst others are still showing no signs of changing colours even.

  8. I rather love your lopsided acer, it has a grace all of its own, and besides, is bound to be precious given the source. I am envious of your ‘Kojo-no-mai’., mine is still resolutely green, all over, no signs of fire at all.

  9. Hi Helen,
    That is exactly what I love about Fall. It’s the season when foliage turns to breathtaking colors such as reds, oranges and yellows. Your foliage seems to be particularly lovely. What a stunning site to behold before gloomy Winter comes along.

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