Today I am participating in GBFD and examining how foliage enhances the garden.
Rising along the southern path medium green, smooth foliage of Hedychium coronarium or Ginger lily contrast deeply with silvery Stachys byzantina (Lamb’s Ear) and Lychnis coronaria (Rose Campion). Hedychium has fragrant white tropical blooms for a brief time in the fall, last year not until late October. It seems to be thriving this year due to the regular rainfalls.
Here is another look at the thick, strongly textured Stachys byzantina and Lychnis coronaria along the path. This section of the path is generally very dry.
Lavender with its long, narrow and also silver leaves has seemed almost ready to flower for several weeks. It is used as a short foundation hedge.
At the end of a narrow bed along the driveway thick, bronzed stems and leaves of this Canna provide some strong color. The large leaves and color of this canna make it a nice companion for neighboring Echinacea purpurea (Purple Coneflower). By late June the canna’s rich, orange blossoms will echo the orange centers of the coneflower.
At the front of the Western border perennial Dusty Miller provides a silver and feathery foil to Tradescantia (Spiderwort), whose flowers are closed tight by late afternoon.
Long, basal leaves of several Digitalis (Foxglove) contrast with leaves of Leucanthemum x superbum (Shasta Daisy).
This is the same clump of Shasta Daisy as above. Behind it is feathery, airy Achillea x ‘Appleblossom’ (Yarrow). The large shrubs in the back are spiraea on the left and gardenia on the right. Also visible on the right is an emerging clump of Rudbeckia hirta ‘Irish Eyes.’
This is another look at the foliage of Rudbeckia hirta ‘Irish Eyes.’ The original plant has not been blooming well the last couple of years so I planted a division in an area of the garden where it should get more sun. Monarda is creeping into its space.
The strong vertical movement of the swordlike Gladiolus leaves is repeated by the flower stalks of Meadow Sage ‘May Night’ while succulent leaves of Autumn Joy Sedum anchor the base.
Gladiolus and Liatris spicata ‘Alba’ (Gayfeather) emerge from a mound of Nepeta (Catmint) which has strayed a little beyond it intended place. The foliage and flowers of the nepeta adds softness to these textures.
The graceful tendrils and odd stems of Everlasting Sweet Pea weave themselves along into chrysanthemums and Aquilegia (columbine).
For more observations on garden foliage please visit the host of GBFD, Christina at Creating My Own Garden of the Hesperides, to see her interesting take on this subject and to find links to other GBFD bloggers.
Lovely variety of shapes, shades, and textures… I love your choice of Canna next to the coneflowers!
Thank you. Happily that is one combination I did purposefully. Many of my plants like to go their own way.
Who would have thought that shasta and foxglove foliage would have looked so well together? I am envious of your cannas. I have one growing unhappily in a pot. It’s their foliage I really like. Lovely post. everything looks so healthy….
Thanks for your comments and for visiting my garden Janet. I really like this canna’s deep-colored foliage. When summer moves in it can really stand up to the sun’s hot glare, while many other plants seem washed out.
thank you for joining in GBFD this month, sorry I’ve been a while coming to visit, I’ve been away. You foliage is stunning! Christina
Thanks Christina! GBFD is giving me new ways to look at my garden.