Blooms are beautiful, but foliage frolics for much longer. Pam of Digging hosts Foliage Follow-up after Bloom Day to showcase the hard working leaves in our gardens. We have some of those.
Above: Imperata cylindrica ‘Rubra’, fern, and Heuchera sanguinea ‘Sioux Falls’ growing in a hypertufa trough, with variegated ivy growing on the wall behind.
Euphorbia ‘Ascot Rainbow’, E. ‘Blackbird’ and E. dulcis ‘Chameleon’ were thought to be the great foliage hope to give four seasons of interest to the long wall behind the main house. Deaths this summer of the oldest grouping has put a halt to the plan of filling in the forty foot bed with these. Ascot Rainbow and Blackbird died after blooming. Perhaps the pretty bloom stalks should be nipped off?
To replace the above mentioned Euphorbia grouping, gold and purple tall sedums were added to the empty earth. Sedum alboroseum ‘Mediovariegatum’ and S. ‘Purple Emperor’ disappear in winter, but might prove longer lasting in the long haul than the fancy Euphorbias. Chameleon is unkillable.
The river of Carex ssp. with the addition of blue fescue, whose story of creation can be read by clicking here, has been deemed a success.
Do you have any foliage in your garden? I bet you do!