Around my garden

Friday, 22 May 2015

Foliage Follow Up May 2015

I don't often find time to join Christina and friends for a Foliage Follow Up post but this month I've been able to squeeze a post in.  I seem to have plenty of time on my hands this week.  Christina, apologies for not being as regular a contributor as I'd like to be.    

Foliage plays an important part in my garden or at least I want it too.  I feel in a few spots around the garden I've managed to get it just about right.  Of course, there are a few clashes here and there that did not transfer from my mind's eye into the garden.  So what combos or individual plants are pleasing me right now - join me as I take a daunder.

Ferns, Hostas and other foliage interest plants have been very slow this year, lack of moisture I think. It has been an incredibly dry spring, certainly not the norm for Scotland. 

Asplenium scolopendruim are dotted all about the garden


The King, Dryopteris affinis Cristata, has finally got going.  



The pretty little Polypodium scouleri, has taken a good couple of year to settle in but is now finding it's way.  This wee fern is said to be better suited for growing on the West Coast of Scotland and in Ireland than here on the east coast.    


It's not all good though!  Hosta Frances Williams looking the worse for wear!


In a far better state, Hosta Blue Cadet is romping away in comparison to all the others that grow here.



Spring growth on Epimediums are hard to beat.  I won't bore you with them all but here's the best of the bunch right now.

Epimedium x perralchicum Fronhleithen



Epimedium Rubra


Epimedium warleyense Ellen Willmott



Astrantia Ruby Wedding and Polemonium Yezonense Purple Rain, the grey in the foliage will later be picked up by a japanese painted fern (Athyrium niponicum).  It's just a bit slow right now and is merely an inch or so high (just out of shot).


The new foliage from Iris pseudoacorus Variegata standing proud, sadly though the bleeding heart and Acer have taken a bit of a battering.  I'm not sure I can blame the weather entirely, I suspect that the cats have had a helping hand as they love to jump around and play in here.


A closer look at the gorgeous chartreuse foliage of Aquilegia vulgaris Purple Emperor that sits in the background.


Textures and shade of green come by the way of Lamium orvala, Acontitum napelensis Gletcheris and Ligularia przwalskii (variety unknown) give an overcrowded jungly feel to a shady corner.


My tendency to over fill an area means these school girl errors don't take long to come back and bite me on the back side!  3 years and it's full to bursting in there! Foliage textures and shades near the Acer that many of you admired in my previous post.  In there we've got Pieris, Acer, Lamprocapnos(Dicentra), Japanese Holly Fern and Epimedium.  Just out of shot Lamium and Brunnera too.  I didn't zoom out too far, the frosted foliage of Pieris (P. japonica Flaming Silver) really spoils the look!  There might even be a Hosta in there too!  Can you tell I hate bare patches of soil?  


The coral bark maple (Acer palmatum Eddisbury) draws the eye away from less than perfect foliage of Ligularia dentata Desdemona.  Carex testacea, whose new grow it not quite so vibrant yet should pick up the colour of the flowers on Geum Flames of Passion.  I like all these colour together.


Lastly, I am not sure if I should be grateful or worried that Lamium maculatum Beacon Silver has now made a sizeable clump.  I remember getting this as a tiny wee rooted division around 4 years ago.  I had plans for it but I can't for the life of me remember just what those plans were!  Do you do this or are you all very methodical with your planning?  I just wish I could be!


It's the bank holiday weekend and I intend to spend as much time in the garden as I can.  I have deliberately not checked the weather forecast.  There is plenty to do.  Whatever you have planned, whether in the garden or not - have a good one!