Posts Tagged ‘foliage’

Foliage Follow-Up

Hosta 'Sun Power' with Imperata cylindrica 'Rubra', Persicaria affine, Carex plantaginea, Acer palmatum, and Rosa glauca at

Those of you who follow Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day, hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens on the 15th of each month, probably also know about Foliage Follow-Up, hosted by Pam at Digging on the following day. I can barely get my Bloom Day posts done in time, so I don’t usually get to participate in Foliage Follow-Up on the scheduled day, but I figured I’d bend the rules a bit to have an excuse for showing off some leafy highlights from this season so far.

Let’s start with the most distinctive foliage color in the spring-to-early-summer garden: the yellows and yellow-greens…

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Annual Events – Part 3

Tradescantia zebrina with Liriope muscari 'Variegata', Sedum rupestre 'Angelina' and seedlings of Sunshine Blue caryopteris (Caryopteris incana ‘Jason’) at

Finally, the last part of the Annual Events series – good news for those of you who like annuals and even better new for those of you who are getting tired of them by now. This one focuses on annuals and tender perennials with outstanding foliage paired with other terrific foliage or flowering plants.

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Hello Yellow

Front garden at Hayefield April 2009

Barely two weeks ago, the main garden color around here was white. But as the weather got milder and then suddenly turned scorching, new foliage started emerging, and color theme has shifted to some serious chartreuse. Every day, I find new leaves to admire, so I’ve been having trouble deciding when to stop taking pictures and put some of these beauties together for a gallery of spring golds. Finally, here are some highlights of the foliage action here at Hayefield. Continue reading

Three Neat Plants – Early May

Syneilesis from top April 30 08

I’ve been trying to think of a topic that would give me a good reason to talk about some of my favorite plants from time to time. A few plants that have recently caught my eye don’t have much in common, however, besides being perennials and having interesting foliage. “Three Neat Plants” is the best theme I can come up with, for the moment anyway. Fortunately, the plants are far more exciting than the title. Continue reading

A Bit More Gorgeous Golden Foliage

Caryopteris x clandonensis 'Worcester Gold' with lettuce and Geranium 'Gerwat' (Rozanne)

Text and photos ©Nancy J. Ondra

In the days BB (Before Blogging), I dreaded dreary days. Now, I am very grateful that it has been gloomy and drizzly today, because I’m finally able to finish up my series of posts on some favorite golden foliage, with a sampling of some chartreuse-leaved perennial-ish plants. To start with, here’s one that’s technically a shrub (or sub-shrub) but usually sold as a perennial (hence perennial-ish): Caryopteris.

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Gorgeous Golden Shrubs – Part 3

Rubus cockburnianus 'Goldenvale' with Capsicum annuum 'Black Pearl' and Chard 'Rhubarb'

Text and photos ©Nancy J. Ondra

Good grief – more yellow-leaved shrubs? Enough already! Well, no, not quite enough, I think: I have a few more I’d really like to share with you, if you can bear with me.

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Gorgeous Golden Shrubs – Part 2

Sambucus nigra 'Aurea'

Text and photos ©Nancy J. Ondra

A few days ago, I was beginning to wonder how I was going to fit blogging into my day, with so much to do outdoors. Well, after spending all day cutting down ornamental grasses yesterday, and taking the alpacas for a walk, building a new raised bed out back, and emptying the compost bins today, I am permanently stuck in my desk chair, never to rise again (at least until bedtime). So, I have my answer: I’ll play in the garden until I’m too tired to move, and then I’ll blog. In my last post (Gorgeous Golden Shrubs – Part 1), I started discussing some of my favorite golden shrubs. And oh yes, there are many more.

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