Foliage Follow-up – March 2014

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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13 Comments Add yours

  1. Pauline says:

    I have an Osmanthus, its a devil to weed around with all those prickly leaves! Your Fatsia japonica has such wonderful leaves and so shiny too.

  2. AnnetteM says:

    I didn’t know you should prune choisya. We have the same variety as you. When do you prune yours? We were lucky enough to be give a mature Fatsia when our neighbours had some work done. I was worried about transplanting such a mature shrub and also worried about planting it in a very windy position. However it was either that or the tip, so we took it; so far it is doing well.

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Annette
      I think I pruned my choisya late summer/autumn, I just did it one day as it was so leggy but I tend to do things on a whim! It has responded well though

    2. AnnetteM says:

      I have pruned out frost damaged bits before now on an older plant and it has recovered well. I will see how it looks come Autumn as the one I have at the moment is still quite young. Thanks

  3. The Editors of Garden Variety says:

    Beautiful plants and images.

  4. Alison says:

    I’ve been very tempted at the nursery to buy both of your lovely shrubs, Choisya and Osmanthus ‘Goshiki,’ they’re both so lovely. I love big leaves too! Those bolting cabbages are such a vibrant color.

  5. Our rosemarys have had flowers all through winter this year too.

  6. The foliage on your Choisya ternata ‘Sundance’ is lovely. The leaves resemble our rhododendron in a way. It is a nice plant but I don’t think it would be hardy here on Long Island. I also like your Fatsia japonica with its beautiful glossy leaves!

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Lee
      The Choisya has withstood -18C here the last two winters for several weeks though I suspect you get much colder weather.

  7. Pam/Digging says:

    I tend to take dependable rosemary for granted here in Austin, Texas, too. But really it is quite a nice-looking plant all year long, and the blue flowers in late winter are a sight for sore eyes and for the bees. Your ‘Silver Swan’ euphorbia is stunning.

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Pam
      I think Rosemary is one of those plants that we dont see until this time of year when, especially here, other plants havent quite got their act together.

  8. Aga says:

    The ornamental cabbage is so pretty!

  9. ricki grady says:

    Rosemary is a yummy plant in more ways than one. I lost my Choisya ‘Sundance’, but having read this, it was perhaps in too much shade, rather than killed by frost as I suspected. Now I’m heartened to try again.

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