It was reading other blogs this time last year that led me to introduce plants for winter interest into the pots on the paved area behind the house, and I am glad I did – for the cornus have already justified their existence in the smaller three lead effect pots. Although small when they were planted in February they (C sericea ‘Flaviramea’, sanguinea ’Midwinter Fire’ and alba ‘Sibirica) have all put on enough growth to make a visible impact in their first season, their bare stems positively glowing. The larger pot has the Viburnum x bodnantense ‘Dawn’, bought for the same reason, and which has displayed a ‘win some, lose some’ approach to its buds so far this winter.
Rambling specifically to take photos for this foliage day meme, kindly hosted despite the absence from her own garden by Christina, I was struck yet again by the important contribution foliage makes at this time of year, the structure and form of many stalwarts really standing out within the relative starkness of the garden and highlighting different shades, textures and patterns of green. It was a joy to observe them, and although I have included Cyclamen hederifolium and Arum italicum ‘Marmoratum’ in the montage below it is undoubtedly the ever-present greenery of ferns and ivies that knit the whole garden together, and I love them all for this reason. To see what foliage other bloggers are enjoying do follow the link to find other contributors to this meme.