June 18, 2012

What, No Blooms?

Who needs June flowers?  There are plenty of pretty blooms in my garden as summer gets going, but sometimes it's the amazing foliage combinations that get me.  Here are a few I just love.

My new 'Forest Pansy' redbud (Cercis canadensis)

Weigela 'My Monet'

'Frosty Morn' Sedum and 'Chocolate' Joe Pye Weed

A trio of blue spruce, hybrid holly, and Yellowroot (Xanthorrhiza simplicissima)

Bright Hakonechloa 'Aurea' grass, and a patch of golden 'Angelina' sedum

And my colorful herb garden in a pot.

Smokebush, Cotinus coggyria 'Grace', and my new variegated sweetgum in the background.

 

24 comments:

  1. You have a lot of really nice structure in your garden, Laurrie. I especially like those rich pops of purple/red. I came across a smokebush in someone's garden this spring and have added it to the wish list. Your chairs looks like a nice place to sit and solve the world's problems.

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    1. Cat, Thank you! I only wish I could solve the world's problems sitting in my garden. . .

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  2. I love all your foliage, especially the dark leaved varieties. Around the 4th of July, cut your 'Chocolate' back by 1/2 to a 1/3 and it will grow thick and full. I have a chunk of it in my garden. If I don't cut it back it flops faster than a sleepy dog.

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    1. Tammy, will do, the Chocolate will get a chop (I wish what gets cut off would be edible chocolate, sigh)

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  3. Yummy foliage combos. Who needs blooms when there is so much color in the garden. Blooms are so fleeting.

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    1. Lisa, I agree. I like flowers well enough, but they just don't hold a space like bold colored foliage.

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  4. Your garden is looking great. Have you done a chronological post to show the changes?

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    1. James, I do have lots of before pictures of the whole garden as it developed from nothing in 2004, and a chronology would be fun to show.

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  5. Yup, it's all about the foliage. It took me a few years of garden trial and error to get it. Nice job, Laurrie!

    My Monet, Chocolate, Forest Pansy, Frosty Morn, Grace...poetry in the garden every day of the week!

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    1. Sue, the names of the plants in our gardens do create a rhythm and paint a poetic scene, don't they?

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  6. Laurrie, you prove beautifully that foliage takes no back seat to flowers for texture and overall visual appeal.

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    1. Lee, I used to think foliage was background material, but no more!

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  7. You have captured the nice contrast of foliage. I love your compact and aesthetically appealing herb garden and am inspired to try something similiar.

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    1. Stiletto, thanks so much. The herb garden is very easy, just some sage plants and oregano all in one pot, but I liked the colors.

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  8. When I started gardening, I thought it was all about the blooms. As I've matured as a gardener, I have come to realize how important and interesting foliage can be. After all, blooms don't last forever! You have some beautiful examples here, Laurrie; I love all your new trees and the colorful pot of herbs. And that 'Forest Pansy'--definitely on my wish list.

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    1. Rose, my experience was the same. The appreciation of foliage came late in my gardening learning, but it is a lesson well learned!

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  9. Laurrie, you're so right. Foliage colour can add so much to the garden and it's not limited to a short time period like many blooms are. Makes me think I should be adding more colour to my garden in the shape of leaves.

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    1. Marguerite, You have the space for trees and large shrubs, so you can put in lots of colorful foliage plants that will really pop.

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  10. If more gardeners focused on foliage, rather than blooms, there would be more happy gardeners. It may be that as gardeners mature we realize that foliage carries the garden through the non-bloom times and, as you point out, with the right blend of foliage a beautiful garden doesn't need flashy flowers.

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    1. Joene, Amen! We will always have flowers and always enjoy them, but they don't need to carry a garden's design, they can be pretty (and sometimes brief) accents.

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  11. Did you plant the Blue Spruce? How tall is it?

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    1. Sallysmom, the blue spruce is about 10 feet tall now. It was a four or five foot tall tree when it was planted (professionally, by a landscaper) in 2005.

      There are some early pictures of the spruces and hollies from 2006 and after here:
      http://laurrie-s.blogspot.com/p/spruce-berm.html

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  12. Is that Alternanthera in your herb garden? Is it edible?

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    1. Ellen, good eye! The red fine-leaved taller plant in the pot is Alternanthera. It's not edible, it is just a filler to go with the sages and oregano. I planted the herb pot more for colorful foliage than for edibles.

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