In A Vase on Monday – Evergreens


So this week’s In a Vase on Monday (thats two weeks now) is foliage from the garden, with the obligatory munched corner courtesy of the slugs. I think it is a good demonstration of how a winter garden doesn’t have to be borrowing or rely on coloured stems; which I’m not that keen on. The contents are a random selection of evergreen foliage including but not limited to:

  • Prostrate rosemary
  • Choisya ‘Sundance’
  • Arum
  • Buddleja salviifolia
  • Euphorbia characius ‘ Silver Swan’
  • Some form of unknown variegated ivy
  • A yellow variegated form of euonymus
  • A silver variegated form of suonymus

The vase is a simple cheap glass one, I could try and tell you that this was an artistic decision but really it was the only vase that held the foliage together.  So to make up for the lack of interest in the arrangement I decided to take the photograph outside …


…and within minutes our Ladyship, currently called ‘The Management’ decided to get in on the act.

Thank you Cathy for hosting this meme – for more vases pop over to Rambling in the Garden


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

19 thoughts on “In A Vase on Monday – Evergreens”

    1. It’s a self seeded from somewhere, quite a large plant growing around the roots of a camellia that I worry it will engulf the camellia!

  1. What a great selection of colour and form of leaves, Helen, and all so glossy and healthy too – and I love the mossy wall that you have photographed it on (more than the presence of Her Ladyship, I am sorry to say – not that I am anti cats, I hasten to add!). Thanks for sharing again

  2. You did a masterful job in arranging the foliage, Helen. It’s worth growing the Arum for the foliage alone. Her Ladyship looks as though she approves.

    1. H Anna
      Miss Maisie does like a photo opportunity, to be honest she gets excited when I am in the garden as she likes the company so has to come and see what I am doing.

  3. Fabulous! You are a natural, I wish more people were comfortable with foliage-only bouquets. Oh and I love that you put the slug damage front and center, keeping it real!

    1. Hi Loree
      I love foliage and it has become more important to me than flowers in terms of texture and form. To be honest re the slug damage it was raining when I collected the material, that horrid persistent cold rain and I struggled to reach the arum leaves without ending up in the muddy border so when I realised how slug damaged it was I just decided to include it anyway as I had no intention of going to get any more!

  4. I love an arrangement with ‘just’ foliage. As in our gardens foliage is what creates the form and structure and flowers, when we have them are just a bonus. Beautifully put together Helen.

    1. Hi Christina
      Thanks, I think gardeners can take foliage for granted and become fixated on flowers but for me foliage is the key to having good interest all year round and flowers are generally the bonus and seasonal highlight

  5. How pretty! Lovely green foliage is just what we need in this the brownest of months. I love Arum italicum, it makes a great foil for a bunch of snowdrops too.

  6. I particularly like the last photo with the kitty cat =/\./\=
    Often one of our chickens beats our cats to the photobombing; got to love their curiosity! Also, the moss growing on the bricks is just beautiful.

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