Thanks to Christina for hosting the monthly bloggers Foliage Day, for which I am a day late. It is always fascinating to see the foliage featured in other gardens, so do follow the link and look round some other gardens.
Here we have four of the many heucheras in the garden, stalwart foliage producers who rise from tattiness over winter to various shade of glory in the late spring, ‘Cherry Cola’ in the top right, ‘Cassandra’ bottom left, and I am afraid I didn’t root round for the labels of the other two.
I have been a little frustrated by the resurgence of a problem with editing photos in WordPress – so they are either thumbnail, medium or large (ie too small, too middling or too large), so I apologise for the loss of detail. Further frustrations today when my camera lens stuck as I was just completing the photographs for this post; much time was taken trying to trick it into normal behaviour, and I resorted to consulting Which? and planning a new purchase. One last attempt and it rose like a phoenix, but it is not the first time this has happened so maybe its days are numbered. It allowed me, at least, to take examples of many of the hostas gracing various containers – their emergence from bare soil like this every year seems almost a miracle.
Several bloggers have showcased epimediums recently, and deservedly so because they are a mass of fresh new growth at this time of year, perralchicum ‘Frohnleiten’ (top left) having such beautiful young bronze leaves that even the Golfer commented on them. Persicaria has equally reliable foliage, such as ‘Red Dragon’ bottom right and (probably) bistorta ‘Superbum’ top right, wheres the fern on the bottom left is just one of many that fill in gaps in the woodland edge border and are dotted around the rest of the garden.
Finally, clockwise from top left, Hydrangea petiolaris, the sculptural leaves of alchemilla, grass by the stream as long as the ‘Tête-à-Tête’ leaves and just some of the hardy geranium foliage that will be soon be sporting months of blooms. I say finally, but every ramble is accompanied by the ‘oohs’ and ‘ahs’ of new discoveries and wonders of the natural world. We may still not have had much rain in recent months, but the little we had and the slight dampness in the air makes the luscious growth appear all the more green, all the more dense, all the more lovely…
I agree with you about the epimediums they are a very garden worthy plant, their leaves are lovely in spring and form good ground cover throughout the summer. I like your Hosta too, they have such lovely foliage if you can keep the slugs and snails away from them. Christina
A lot of my hostas are in pots, Christina, which generally avoids the problem, but to be honest slugs and snails aren’t a huge problem anyway – possibly because we get a lot of birdlife in the garden?
I think hardy geranium is too often overlooked as a foliage plant. I like your Cassandra Heuchera.
Thanks Jason – you are right about the geraniums, even those with a shorter flowering period than others are still great in the borders because of their leaves
Thanks, Cathy, for highlighting the importance of foliage. Love Epimediums, didn’t have too many Heucheras up to now but have a lovely lime-green and caramel-coloured variety in pots which lift my spirits. A lot of geraniums do colour very nicely later in the season and then I’m absolutely mad about red-leaved Sedum like Purple Emperor, Turkish Delight, Jose Aubergine etc.
I hadn’t come across heucheras at all until a few years ago when I visited a local (suburban) open garden and met them for the first time, hitting it off instantly. There are so many new varieties but some seem more durable than others which can run out of steam. I did read an article about how to rejuvenate them but I need to look it out again to remind me. Hmm, more research required on those red leaved sedum..!
You have reminded me that I haven’t seen my Persicaria Red Dragon yet this year, I must go and look for it tomorrow. Your Hostas seem to be further ahead of mine which are only just unfurling, though every day brings something new for me to admire. May is a lovely month for foliage, so fresh and full of such promise.
They have only JUST unfurled, Pauline – I expected to be taking pictures of spikes which is what they were only a few days ago! I love that P. Red Dragon – the foliage is so beautiful and adds to the shades in the woodland edge border
I am always in search of new ideas for my garden. I really appreciated your photos and background information.
Thanks Charlie – this blogging is a two way process, isn’t it?!
Sorry to hear about your WordPress and camera woes Cathy but enjoyed your post 🙂 I think that foliage is perhaps an even more important factor than flowers when choosing plants, as it usually lingers for longer. You have some fine specimens in your garden.
Thanks Anna. No-one else has mentioned the WordPress issue and it is the same whichever computer I have used, so I assumed it wouldn’t just be me…