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With my interest in plants becoming more and more foliage based there are few flowers in the garden at the moment.  However, the garden is still full of colour and texture from the various evergreens.  I adore the Melianthus major; it hasn’t stopped performing all year.  Grown from seed probably three years ago this plant is around 4ft high now.  I have two other plants all grown from seed at the same… Read More

I thought I would focus the Foliage Follow Up post on one border this month.  This is the border which is most dependent on good foliage to look good.  I have called it the Japanese Fern Border in the past as I planted it up with mainly Japanese ferns but as you can see the Impatiens omieana has started to dominate the space.  I have already had to lift and remove the… Read More

One thing that I’m not short of in the garden is fabulous foliage.  I won’t bore you again with ferns aside from showing you the magnificent Dryopteris growing either side of the new bench.  I would like to claim some contribution to these plants but they are both self-seeded plants and we just managed to squeeze the bench between them! One of my favourite foliage plants at this time of year is… Read More

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… Read More

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. Continuing the yellowish theme is a new… Read More

Due to the perpetual rain I decided to take the easy option and take my foliage follow up photographs in the greenhouse.  The focus of this month’s post will be my small collection of tender succulents.  I didn’t intend to collect them I just kept buying them and now I find myself seeking out new aeoniums which I find particularly fascinating.  First up though is Echeveria elegans, one of my first succulents,… Read More

As I said in my post  on My Garden earlier this week I like big foliage.  There is already some examples in the garden such as the Fatsia above which looks wonderful when the sun is thrown the leaves. The Acanthus mollis also looks great despite the time of year despite the odd hole but as I said I want to add to these with what we shall term ‘hardy exotics’. My… Read More

Despite being December and the start of winter there is still a lot of foliage interest in the garden and hopefully most of it will remain now all winter. I love Cyclamen and more so for the vast differences in the patterns on the leaves than the flowers which seem very similar to me.  The patterns and variation on the leaves can differ dramatically within each species.  The one above, Cyclamen hederifolium, is… Read More

Finally I can blog again.  With the shorter days I am struggling to take photographs for the blog and being away last week meant that I couldn’t get any photographs for the GBBD post.  But never mind its the weekend and the sun is almost shining so I have taken some foliage photos.  There is still lots of colour in the garden and predominantly from the turning foliage than from flowers –… Read More

Following on from the flowers we have the foliage and it is at this time of year that you really start to appreciate how important interesting foliage is especially if, like me, you want your garden to have interest all year.  One of my favourites is the Euphorbia characias ‘Silver Swan’ which has been liberated from the floppy Cosmos which had subsumed the whole border.  Since it has been opened to the… Read More