Although Christina is away from her Hesperides Garden she is still hosting Garden Bloggers Foliage Day, as she does on the 22nd of every month. Falling on a Monday this month I am posting a day later rather than combine it with my Monday vase.
There is a huge amount of all year round foliage in my garden, with the elderly holly hedge and the striking variegated holly, resident ivy, plus all the ferns and different ivies I have planted over the years. However, over the time I have contributed to this meme I have come to appreciate the value of other foliage to provide shape and texture and colour at different times of year, and am thrilled to now have the makings of what is essentially a shrub border which will go some way to providing additional all year round foliage – up till then, I avoided shrubs because of the space they took away from ‘more decorative’ perennials. I have also managed to avoid the presence of grasses in most of the borders – not for any particular reason – and there were a couple of years when there was a small bed just of grasses, mulched with slate chippings over weed suppressing membrane but the slate chippings accumulated so much plant detritus that everything was removed.
This year I have enjoyed seeing the grasses shown on people’s blogs and used in their vases and knew this was something I wanted to remedy – many of the recommended favourites were out of stock when I looked and will have to wait till next year, but I have already put some subdivisions of existing grasses into the new shrub border and picked up some bargains at our local garden centre on a ‘discount on a discount on a discount’ day (really!). They are all low growing varieties but I love the shape and colour of all of them and already they make an impact in their front-of-border positions.
Here we have new and tactile Carex ‘Limeshine’: