Foliage Follow Up – June 2018

A day late but am joining in with Pam’s Foliage Follow Up meme.  I thought I would share some photos of my front garden which is in transition from its spring bulbs to late summer perennials.  However, I am thrilled at how much texture and interest there is at the moment just from the foliage.

There are numerous grasses including Stipa tenuissima, Molinia ‘Skyracer’, and Calamagrostis ‘Overdam’. The verticals are added to with Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ and another bronze leaved crocosmia which I don’t think I have ever known the name of, as well as a Phormium.

The horizontal leaves are made up of sedums, geraniums, euphorbia, rudbeckia, persicaria and asters.  Currently there is a pale chartreuse glow from the Alchemilla mollis. Airiness added with the bronze fennel (Foeniculum vulgare purpureum). The structure is provided by trees and shrubs including two different Sorbus, Grevillea‘Canberra Gem’, Grevillea victoriae, Corokia cotoneaster and Cotinus ‘Grace’.


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

9 thoughts on “Foliage Follow Up – June 2018”

  1. Is that lanky young tree in the first picture one of the sorbus? I just got my first seedlings two winters ago. I had never seen them before, so do not know what to expect.

    1. Yes I think it’s Sorbus Pagoda. It went in about 2 years ago so I expect it to take off in the next year now it’s becoming established.

    2. Is that Sorbus pseudohupehensis ‘Pink Pagoda’? I am not familiar with it. Because mine were the first I ever met, I went for the straight species, Sorbus americana. Pagoda or Pink Pagoda sounds much fancier.

    3. yes I think thats what it is. I have 3 different Sorbus. The native British one Sorbus aucuparia which is also in the front garden, adjacent to the driveway but not in these photos and another one in the rear garden which is probably Sorbus vilmorinii – it has pretty pink berries which get darker as they mature. They are beautiful tress

    4. I got mine just because it is one of the traditional North American fruits that I know nothing about. While so many of us pursue the latest fads of exotic fruits, we ignore what grows in less hip and trendy places, and even in our own region. Elderberry is one of those fads, but when I started using our local blue elderberry, no one else even knew it was the same thing. They are very productive, but have always been ignored. Sorbus is not native here, but is native in other parts of North America. We even have our own hawthorns too!

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