Flowers are pretty, there is no denying that fact, but it is foliage that carries a garden throughout the year. Pam of Digging wisely decided to have the day after Bloom Day, or thereabouts, designated as Garden Blogger’s Foliage Follow Up. Won’t you join us to partake of some fine foliage this lovely September day?
A volunteer seedling from Salvia elegans ‘Golden Delicious’ thoughtfully planted itself in this hypertufa planter with the variegated boxwood cutting. Soon, it is hoped, there will be red trumpet flowers that are adored by hummingbirds. The wait is long for this tender plant to bloom, but worth it. Cuttings will be taken to winter over safely in the sunroom/greenhouse.
It was with the move to this incarnation of the Fairegarden, in 2000, that the epiphany of foliage importance opened the curtain of ignorance and let in the light of leaves. Do you see any flowers in the above photo? There are some tiny bits of bloom, but they are insignificant compared to the foliage.
Flowers are fun, there is no doubt, but the heavy lifting of year around interest rests on the strong shoulders of foliage. And hardscape. Think about color and texture and non-deciduosity when planning your landscape, especially in the front and by the house where first impressions count the most.