Interesting Foliage Plants
Acer palmatum var. dissectum ‘Garnet’
Back in May behind the finely dissected red foliage from the Japanese maple the purple drumsticks Primula denticulata were still in flower. While the yellow Caltha palustris daisies (Kingcup, Marsh Marigold) were blooming in the pond. The Caltha daisy is always a very popular plant for the metamorphism of the large red damselflies each year from the pond.
|Interesting Foliage Plants – Acer palmatum var dissectum ‘Garnet’ May 2013|
Acer palmatum ‘Orange Dream’
Back in May the lovely soft orange/yellow leaves from the Japanese Maple ‘Orange Dream’ were individually edged with a burnt orange coloured fringe. Now in June the edges of the leaves just show a faint orange edge and the leaves are much more golden. Moreover it’s my favourite tree to photograph. As a result one particular image of the leaves went Hot on G+ a few weeks ago. Click here to view that image – ‘Refreshing’.
|Interesting Foliage Plants – Acer palmatum ‘Orange Dream’ May 2013|
Cornus alba ‘Baton Rouge’
All winter the bright red stems from the Cornus alba ‘Baton Rouge’ demanded attention. Two weeks ago the leaves were just starting to open and the stems were still a vivid red. Now that we’re in the first week of June the leaves have opened fully and the red stems have faded to more of a reddish amber colour.
|Cornus alba ‘Baton Rouge’ May 2013|
Humulus lupus ‘Aureas’
The climbing Humulus lupus ‘Aureas’ (Golden Hop Vine) is being kept within its boundaries as it wraps itself naturally clockwise around the blue arch. Did you know that most other climbers in the garden wrap themselves anti-clockwise around their supports?
|Interesting Foliage Plants – Humulus lupus May 2013|
It’s a plant that I need to be careful around as I ‘train’ the wayward stems back within their boundaries. Long sleeves are a necessity as I’m allergic to the fine hairs which can leave a rash on my bare skin. In June it provides a foliage backdrop to the Alliums and Icelandic Poppies.
|Humulus lupus, Allium hollandicum ‘Purple Sensation’ and orange Papaver ‘Little Gnome’ June 2013|
Corylus avellana contorta ‘Red Majestic’
|Interesting Foliage Plants – Corylus avellana contorta ‘Red Majestic’ May 2013|
Now that a few more weeks have passed by the rough corrugated looking leaves are much larger and the contorted stems are almost hidden by the foliage.
|Corylus avellana contorta ‘Red Majestic’ with Malus blossom and Primula japonica ‘Millars Crimson’ in the background
This year the red colour from the Pieris new growth is unblemished due to the lack of frosts. All the shrub needs just now is a little feed of sequestrene to green up those leaves. In the background are the perennial Ballerina tulips.
|Pieris May 2013|
A few weeks later and the shrub is now the foliage backdrop to the Alliums.
|Pieris, Euporbia polychroma and Alliums June 2013|
Sorbus sorbifolia ‘Sem’
One of my favourite foliage plants is the Sorbus sorbifolia ‘Sem’ with it’s ferny soft salmon pink fresh new growth. The foliage hasn’t changed much at all since I took this photograph in May.
The female Kiwi vine Actinidia kolomikta has coloured up really well with splashes of pink and white on the leaves.
|Interesting Foliage Plants – Actinidia kolomikta June 2013|
Calamagrostis x acutiflora
While the Calamagrostis is providing a great backdrop for more of those alliums!
|Interesting Foliage Plants – Calamagrostis x acutiflora June 2013|
. . . and finally there’s some golden rain falling from on high. The Laburnum tree is at its peak flowering stage this week as it rises above the Pieris, euphorbia and the purple alliums.
|Laburnum x watereri ‘Vossii’ above the Pieris June 2013|
What are your favourite foliage plants for the garden?