Foliage Follow-up – April 2014
This month’s foliage post features some new acquisitions, some of which are destined for the new hardy exotic border. I am particularly pleased with the Fatsia Spidersweb which I bought from Cotswold Garden Flowers the other week. I have been considering buying one since the end of last year but as I already have two fatsias I thought one more would be one too many. But then whats another Fatsia especially when the foliage is as wonderful as above.
To go alongside the Fatsia I have splashed out on a Tetrapanax papyrifer rex. I have never grown one of these before and it is more borderline than I am used to risking in the border but I love the foliage and I think it’s a must for the new border.
I do like the Asarum with its mottled and crumpled leaves. For some reason when I look at this photograph I am reminded of a frog but maybe I need to have some more sleep.
Another new acquisition, back in February when I visited RHS Wisley, is this Sciadopitys verticillata. This plant isn’t destined for the new border but for a large pot on the steps. I just couldn’t resist the texture of the spines, they are very tactile.
Finally, some hostas which are really making their presence felt at the moment. I have had this variety of hosta for years and it has moved house with me at least once, if not twice and I have absolutely no idea what variety it is. I also don’t know if this variety is particularly obnoxious to slugs but it rarely gets eaten even in a wet summer.
For more foliage posts pop over to Pam’s Digging site – I am predicting there will be Agaves but no doubt lots of other wonderful plants, many of which will be new to me.