A couple of days late, but figured I wanted to join in with Pam at Digging’s monthly meme anyway, celebrating the best and boldest of any garden – the foliage! Head over there for a treat you don’t often see, and also offerings from other foliage fans the world over.
First out is a newcomer – Carex ‘Sparkler’. I killed one once before, when I dug it up, and then forgot about it for a little too long, as it withered away, above ground. I will be nicer this time.
Another variegated beauty – Miscanthus ‘Cabaret’. I know for sure that one day I will regret squeezing it into the corner like this – they get big. The leafy goodness at the bottom of the photo is a kind of Arisaema. Wish I could remember the species, but alas not. Just take my word for it – it is gorgeous!
One of my favorite bold garden residents – Sauromatum venosum.
I put a picture of the flower of this marvel in this month’s Bloom Day post. I think you’ll agree that the flower has NOTHING on the foliage of Canna Cleopatra – it is so amazing.
Another Canna lily with fabulous variegation. This one is called ‘Stuttgart’, and is also more shade tolerant than many of the others. Yet another reason it appeals to me.
An annual in these parts, but who can resist? Papyrus ‘King Tut’ is a showstopper. I guess this isn’t really foliage, but heck – it’s green, so it made the cut.
Not the best photo, but here is a crazy mix of foliage seen from where you enter into my little “tropical corner” behind the garage. Crammed in, from the lower left corner; Datisca cannabina, Papyrus ‘King Tut’, Phyllostachys atrovaginata (Incense bamboo), Trachycarpus fortunei, Metapanax davidii, Podophyllum pleianthum, and Hebe vernicosa. I guess there is a Clematis in transition, sitting in a pot with a small start of chartreuse Baby Tears tagging along for the ride, in this photo too. It is safe to say, that just about any shot of my garden will have pots with plants, patiently waiting for a home, in it. My cramscaping tendencies know no bounds…
I’ll end with a NIOD Yucca that is the pride and joy of my hellstrip. Wish I knew its name – pretty sure it came from a box store. It’s a really nice one, especially when the light hits it just so.