Although there are many plants blooming in the first part of June in my garden, there are areas where the blooms are sparse. The whole view is still pleasing to me thanks to a variety of plants and the combination of their shapes, colors and sizes. I like to see occasional bright flowers among the layers of foliage.
Of course, Abyssinian Banana (Ensete (musa) ventricosum) catches the eye.
I have three plants, among those is this one in the next picture which was overwintered in the garage:
(Peony Coral Charm is in the background)
The plants bought in spring are fuller like the one below, but the plant behind the kitty-cat is catching up with them:
This relatively new bed is mostly green with a Japanese maple, several hydrangeas, a rhododendron, ferns and grasses comprising a major part of it. The purple flowers on the left are Campanula portenschlagiana 'Catharina'.
Soon, Alchemilla mollis will start blooming:
The next is the corner of the Terrace garden. Hydrangea, Euphorbia and Berberis thunbergii 'Maria' (Gold Barberry) create a good background for a couple of Peony Myra MacRae's blooms.
In the middle of the Terrace garden, Verbascum chaixii 'Wedding Candles' (Mullein) big leaves are in the forefront. I love this architectural plant even without blooms.
The front bed has only lilies and roses blooming right now. It still pleases my eyes with different hues of green, some burgundy, and splashes of yellow.
Japanese maple 'Autumn moon' is on the left:
Canadale Gold Eunonimus stands out with its variegated leaves :
Even in winter, this bed is in good shape thanks to many evergreens growing here.
Back of the garage took a different look with the absolutely wonderful leaves of Tetrapanax papyrifer:
Here, it's seen with the foliage of Fatsia japonica and Rhododendron:
Fatsia japonica is my favorite. Here, two plants will soon join their crowns and create an arched entrance:
Japanese Maple Deshojo is changing its leaves from pink to green:
The front hill has only Campanula blooming right now, and I do love such minimalist blooming!
Another Fatsia japonica, grapes enveloping the gazebo and Ilex hedge are all about the foliage:
Lamium and Aegopodium podagraria 'Variegatum' take a tough spot under two huge firs:
This bed in the back of the garage is all about the foliage:
In the nook between the house and the garage, Chinese Rhubarb is a star with its huge leaves:
It's not easy to see, but two Meconopsis betonicifolia (Blue Poppy) are nestled under it:
I can't resist to show my new Abulion Windcliff Pink with its interesting leaves:
Broccoli leaves are pretty under-lit by the sun:
Cotinus leaves suddenly showed some blue:
*I join Pam Penick for theFoliage Follow-up.
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