Happy Father’s and Foliage Follow-up Day! Thanks to Pam Penick and her blog Digging down in Austin TX for hosting this continued celebration to the monthly Bloom Day. The middle of each month has truly become a plant celebration! Check her link out for more goodies – from her, as well as from all across the globe!
‘Black Lace’ Elderberry in bloom contrasted with the dark green of a Tassel fern.
When I first saw the leaves of Vancouveria hexandra, I thought it was a mega-version of a Maidenhair fern. Not so. It’s another PNW native to which I happily devote a corner of my garden.
Schizophragma hydrangeoides ‘Moonlight’ climbing up my north wall. The flowers look a lot like those of a climbing hydrangea, but the white sepals are pointy instead of rounded which, I think, adds to its elegance.
The bluish green mature foliage makes a pretty backdrop for other plants – and ants.
A newly planted Acacia dealbata next to a Yucca in my hell strip. I hear it’s a rapid grower, and hope it eventually will turn into a rather translucent canopy. I don’t know how many years it will take for it to flower, but its pretty yellow blooms will no doubt look great with a nearby Santolina.
I swear, the blooms of that Yucca reach higher and higher each year. Maybe the adjacent Acacia will dampen its ambition somewhat…
A black bamboo backdrop, Iris confusa, half-eaten Ligularia, and Choisya ternata ‘Sundance’.
Classic combo – hostas and ferns.
Another fern wonder…
Love the red stalks and red-edged spotty leaves of the black Calla lily.
More Calla leaves – this time with the shadow of a Tassel fern silhouetted through the backlit leaves.
The beautiful leaves of a Begonia luxurians – part of a booty from a Garden Blogger’s plant swap earlier this spring. Thank you Peter! (Or was it Alison? Please correct me if I’m wrong…)
I’m usually not too keen on this color against the chartreuse of the foliage…
… but somehow the effect is remedied because of the nearby foliage of this Clematis armandii ‘Appleblossom’.
About a month ago, I subjected this monster climber (which I now am pretty sure is an ‘Etoile de Hollande’) to severe pruning as it was beginning to topple over. The new shoots have this lovely red color…
… and the new foliage is just as stunning.
Finally, can’t post about foliage without a tribute to the soft grace of Mexican Feathergrass. And that, is probably a good place to end. Sorry – this was lengthy!