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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Foliage is ruling when the blooms are few

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.

***Copyright 2014 TatyanaS


  1. Just beautiful, Tatyana! I really like the colorful banana leaves, and your gold-foliage plants are really eye-catching too. Thanks for joining in on Foliage Follow-Up.

  2. Who needs blooms with an artistic garden like yours. Loving it !!

  3. You wonderful tapestry of foliage makes the occasional bloom all the more precious.

  4. I love it all, Tatyana. You are such a graceful gardener. No crowding, no overdoing it. Simply outstanding! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thank you, Grace! Sometimes pictures look better than a real garden, but I should admit that I tend to be a minimalist in the garden.

  5. So much glorious foliage! What a pleasure to meet you and see your beautiful garden in person on Saturday! Thank you for opening your garden for the NPA and for the special guided tour you gave us!

    1. Peter, the pleasure was mine! Thank you for visiting!

  6. Hello Tatyana, i wonder why i am not visiting often when i know how wonderful your photos are! And yes your foliage do well, who cares for less blooms. But they are preempting a promise of more colors to come. I love those very small plant with dark blue flowers, not very showy as if lonely in a dark corner. Is that Abulion or abutilon?

    1. Thank you! It's so nice to see you, Andrea! That is campanula, but you are right, it reminds of the abutilon flowers!

  7. Wow!
    So beautiful!
    Thank you, Tatyana!!!

    1. Natasha, I'm glad you liked the pictures! Thanks!

  8. Incredible foliage shots--especially the aerial images. Very inspiring!

  9. Such gorgeous shots of your incredible gardens! I am a major fan of foliage, so it is nice to see your highlights of it--literally and figuratively!

  10. I would like to use the photo named "Lamium and Aegopodium podagraria ‘Variegata’ take a tough spot under two huge fir trees." to use as an excellent example on how to use Aegopodium for my Herbaceous Ornamentals class.


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