Choisya ternata Sundanc
Choisya ternata Sundance

With the sun shining it nice to spend some time actually looking at the plants that are looking good instead of charging around tidying and preparing.  Choisya ternata ‘Sundance’ always makes me smile at this time of year.  I love the acid yellow of the new leaves.  I was slow to realise that the shrub benefitted from pruning and this prompts the fresh young growth.

Osmanthus heterophyllus ‘Goshiki
Osmanthus heterophyllus ‘Goshiki

Continuing the yellowish theme is a new acquisition Osmanthus heterophyllus ‘Goshiki’.  I haven’t yet decided where this will live.  I have two possible locations in mind but the final decision will depend on some other plans.

2014_03150019logoA complete contrast are the ornamental cabbages in the window box.  They are amusing us at the moment since they are bolting and growing taller by the day.  Such wonderful colour.

Below is one of two Fatsia japonica I have.  I love these plants and their large glossy leaves.  I think my love of them is indicative of my real fascination for the more exotic looking plants, a fascination which I have decided I  need to explore more so maybe this time next year there will be more large leaved beauties to show you.

Fatsia japonica
Fatsia japonica
Euphorbia characias ‘Silver Swan’
Euphorbia characias ‘Silver Swan’

I am rediscovering Euphorbias thanks to a chance purchase last year of Euphorbia characias ‘Silver Swan’. This plant has come through the winter thanks to the mild temperatures we have had and it seems to be thriving and about to flower.  I love its form, the white edging on the leaves.

Rosemary prostrate
Rosemary prostrate

Finally, I thought I would share a photo of the prostrate Rosemary which grows down over the patio wall.  It has been in place for probably 7 years and is quite beautiful.  I tend to take it for granted apart from this time of year when its lilac blue flowers appear and act as a magnet to bees and other pollinating insects.

For more foliage follow-up posts pop over to Pam’s blog – Digging

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