Foliage Follow-Up – September 2016

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.

Carex 'Sparkler'

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.

Miscanthus 'Cabaret'

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!

Sauromatum venosum

One of my favorite bold garden residents – Sauromatum venosum.

Canna Cleopatra

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.

Canna 'Stuttgart'

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.

Papyrus 'King Tut'

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.

Crazy foliage mix

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!

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.

About annamadeit

I was born and raised in Sweden, By now, I have lived almost as long in the United States. The path I’ve taken has been long and varied, and has given me a philosophical approach to life. I may joke that I’m a sybarite, but the truth is, I find joy and luxury in life’s simple things as well. My outlook on life has roots in a culture rich in history and tradition, and I care a great deal about environmental stewardship. Aesthetically, while drawn to the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia, I also have a deep appreciation for the raw, the weathered, and the worn - materials that tell a story. To me, contrast, counterpoint, and diversity are what makes life interesting and engaging. Color has always informed everything I do. I’m a functional tetrachromat, and a hopeless plantoholic. I was originally trained as an architect working mostly on interiors, but soon ventured outside - into garden design. It’s that contrast thing again… An interior adrift from its exterior, is like a yin without a yang. My firm conviction that everything is connected gets me in trouble time and time again. The world is a big place, and full of marvelous distractions, and offers plentiful opportunities for inquiry and exploration. I started writing to quell my constant queries, explore my discoveries, and nurture my curiosity. The Creative Flux was started in 2010, and became a catch-all for all kinds of intersecting interests. The start of Flutter & Hum at the end of 2013 marks my descent into plant nerd revelry. I occasionally contribute to other blogs, but those two are my main ones. For sure, topics are all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blogs!
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20 Responses to Foliage Follow-Up – September 2016

  1. Laurin Lindsey says:

    I have never seen the Canna Cleopatra before, it is striking! The art work and foliage really complement each other. Love leaves!!!

  2. Alison says:

    That Canna Cleopatra is wonderful. Is it in the ground, or are you going to have to overwinter it in a pot somewhere? In my garden, Cannas weaken over the winter and don’t come back reliably. Thanks for sharing your foliage shots!

    • annamadeit says:

      She is in a large planter, and survived last winter (which granted was a mild one). If the fur on my cat is any indication, that planter might have to spend the winter in the shed this year – I wouldn’t want to lose her!

  3. Evan says:

    Both cannas and the yucca are beautiful! I like seeing cannas in other people’s gardens, because i don’t really feel like I have the right spot in mine.

    • annamadeit says:

      Not sure I have the right spot in my garden either, but hey – that’s never stopped me before. There is neither reason or logic to my gardening style – just mad plant addiction, and boundless optimism… 🙂

  4. Kris P says:

    If we ever start getting regular rain again, I’m going to plant Cannas. That ‘Cleopatra’ is a gorgeous thing!

    • annamadeit says:

      I do hope you get your rains back, Kris, so you can host this queen of a plant. Sometimes I go outside, just so I can stand there and admire it – it is such a stunner!

  5. Chloris says:

    Oh what gorgeous foliage plants. I particularly love the stripey canna.

  6. John Sykes says:

    Yucca gloriosa, I think; I got mine at Home Depot up here in Seattle.

  7. rickii says:

    Cleo has lent her name to some pretty fantastic plants…none more so than your Canna.

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