There’s nothing quite like having different foliage plants to give interesting shapes and textures in the garden. From the evergreens to the deciduous. The soft and woolly contrasting with the spikey. Large leaves contrasting with small intricate leaves. Along with all of the hues of green, red and yellow that occur throughout Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter.  Put them together and you've got a recipe for good structure and visual interest.


As a photographer I want my foliage plants to stand out from each other. Contrasting shapes, foliage size, colours and textures is so important to me.  

Flowers need not apply!

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Winter (December, January, February)

In the Winter leavesnbloom garden you can see:

Heuchera ‘Marmalade’

Heuchera ‘Frosted Violet’

Leucothoe axillaris ‘Curley Red’

Leucothoe fontanesiana ‘Rainbow’

Phyllostachys aurea

Acer griseum


There's also this foliage too:


Heuchera 'Beauty colour'

Heuchera  'Crimson Curls'

Santonlina 'Lemon Fizz'

Cyrtomium falcatum

Ranunculus ficaria 'Brazen Hussy'


Osmanthus tricolour



Asplenium scolopendrium

Foeniculum vulgare 'Giant Bronze'

Polystichum setiferum

Leucothoe fontanesiana 'Rainbow'
Leucothoe fontanesiana 'Rainbow'

Spring (March, April, May)

this is an image of Sobaria sem foliage plants

Foliage Plants - Interest in May featuring:

Epimedium rubrum

Heuchera 'Spotlight'

Cercis canadensis 'forest pansy'

Aucuba 'Gold Dust'

Spirea 'Goldflame'

Berberis thunbergii 'Aurea'

Berberis  thunbergii Admiration

Hakonechloa macra Albo aurea


The Fresh Foliage Frenzy features:

Sorbus sorbifolia Sem

Actinidia kolomikta

Calamagrostis x acutiflora



Summer (June, July, August)

Beauty without Bloom features:

Pulmonaria officinalis

Athryium niponicum pictum

Salvia tricolour

Humulus lupus Aureus

Heuchera Silver Scrolls

Artemisia arboretum

Physocarpus Diablo

Sedum Purple Emperor


The Sturdza Pruning Technique features the pruning of the Silver Weeping Pear Tree. I've used this technique with other shrubs and trees in the garden too.


Every garden should have its own little black dress! Physocarpus opulifolius Diablo




this is an image of Physocarpus opulifolius Diabolo white flowers against black leaves.

Autumn (September, October, November)

Autumn Branklyn Garden, this is an image of all the different colours of autumn foliage plants in Branklyn Garden in October

Discover what Branklyn Garden in Perth looks like in Autumn with its wonderful array of foliage including some unusual ones.


And in my own garden:
Other plants in the leavesnbloom garden that have interesting foliage are:
  • Parthenocissus tricuspidata Veitchii
  • Enkianthus campanulatus
  • Prunus incisa Kojo no mai
  • Corylopsis pauciflora
  • Hamamelis x intermedia Pallida
  • Cerastium tomentosum
  • Ophiopogon planiscapus Nigrescens
  • Acer palmatum dissectum Garnet
  • Acer palmatum Orange Beauty
  • Fatsia japonica
  • Philadelphus coronarius Aureus
this is an image of the leavesnbloom garden

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