I couldn’t do without my foliage texture garden plants! Over the years I’ve realised that having a garden that is visually pleasing throughout the year isn’t all about blooms. In fact leaves and grasses of all sorts of colours, textures and even aromas play an important role in my borders.
Some of the plants do have flowers. But I think the size of their foliage, their different textures and different shades of green play a much bigger part. As a result they give continued interest throughout the year before and after they have flowered.
Santolina Lemon Fizz looks as if there are tiny little air bubbles trapped within its thread like leaves. It has little button flowers which I think are an added bonus to the wonderful golden foliage.
Place your plants in the border based on the color and shape of their leaves!
Beauty Without Bloom
There’s aromatic foliage of the Salvia tricolour and the delicate texture of the Japanese Painted Fern. Alongside there’s the feathery scented leaves of Artemisia arboretum (Southernwood).
Grow these plants beside scented dianthus, Sea Holly, Nepeta, Alchemilla mollis, Stachys lanata and pink Sedum Ice plants as they all make great foliage contrasts. Furthermore they will all stand out from each other as they have different textures and sizes of leaves.
Foliage Texture Garden Plants
In one part of the garden Phormium Jester, Origanium vulgare aurea, Heuchera Silver scrolls and Hakonechloa aurea grow next to each other. Moreover they really make an interesting planting combination.
Then there’s dusky drama from the Sedum Purple Emperor leaves and stems. This plant will flower for me very soon but I think its foliage just like the heuchera leaves are great foils for other plants in the garden.