This is particularly timely for us because this summer, we planted the skeleton of our first garden bed that is dedicated to foliage.
Inspired by Nancy Ondra's book Foliage, many of the plants in the bed do bloom but all were chosen for the architectural and textural interest their foliage brought to the garden.
Focusing on this bed has made us more aware of the beauty of the foliage surrounding us in the other beds, even foliage of plants that are prized for their blooms. Here is a sampling.
|The leaves of the Burning Bush (Euonymus alatus) are just beginning to acquire the scarlet color that makes them such a showstopper in the fall.|
|This heuchera ordinarily has deep burgundy - bronze leaves during the summer. In the fall, as the plant goes dormant, the leaves turn to shades of sage and gold.|
|The variegated leaves of this heuchera have made a wonderful contrast with other elements of the foliage bed.|
|Hostas and other foliage plants that are starting to fill in the foliage bed. At back is a screen formed by the as yet untrimmed branches of the neighbor's weeping willow which was damaged by Hurricane Irene.|
|Penny-wort and variegated water iris in the water garden.|
|One of our climbing roses, New Dawn, sent up several new canes. I love how the stem, leaves, and thorns are tinged with burgundy.|
|After surviving severe winter injury, our sand cherry tree is enjoying life as a shrub. It is fully leaved out, healthy, and has numerous new shoots and branches.|
|We have several beds of stachys growing in different parts of the garden.|
|Astilbe in the foreground, blue spruce and potentilla on the rocks in the background.|
|The herb garden. Clockwise from upper right: Clematis Betty Corning on the fence, anise hyssop, Italian flat parsley, lemon balm (a volunteer), Texas tarragon (yellow flowers bottom left), basil "Mozzarella" (left) and purple basil (center).|
Be sure to visit Christina's blog for a show of foliage and share some of your own garden examples.