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 ‘Frosted Violet’
Leucothoe axillaris ‘Curley Red’
Leucothoe fontanesiana ‘Rainbow’
There's also this foliage too:
Heuchera 'Beauty colour'
Heuchera 'Crimson Curls'
Santonlina 'Lemon Fizz'
Ranunculus ficaria 'Brazen Hussy'
Foeniculum vulgare 'Giant Bronze'
Spring (March, April, May)
Foliage Plants - Interest in May featuring:
Cercis canadensis 'forest pansy'
Aucuba 'Gold Dust'
Berberis thunbergii 'Aurea'
Berberis thunbergii Admiration
Hakonechloa macra Albo aurea
The Fresh Foliage Frenzy features:
Sorbus sorbifolia Sem
Calamagrostis x acutiflora
Summer (June, July, August)
Beauty without Bloom features:
Athryium niponicum pictum
Humulus lupus Aureus
Heuchera Silver Scrolls
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
Autumn (September, October, November)
Discover what Branklyn Garden in Perth looks like in Autumn with its wonderful array of foliage including some unusual ones.
- Foliage Beauty without Bloom features Azalea luteum and Euonymus alatus 'Compactus
- Fothergilla major Blue Shadow and it's fiery foliage
- Corylus contorta Red Majestic and here's another post about the purple/red corrugated foliage from Corylus avellana Red Majestic
- Check out my Japanese style garden ideas too.
- 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