Garden Bloggers Foliage Day – April 2013

I am joining Christine at Creating my own garden of the Hesperides for Garden Bloggers Foliage Day (GBFD).

The garden is filling in with this month, from green, sword-like Iris leaves and feathery Achillea to the silvery foliage of Stachys byzantina (Lamb’s Ear), Lychnis coronaria (Rose Campion) and perennial Dusty Miller.

Achillea, Candytuft and Lamb's ear

Achillea, Candytuft flowers peeking out and Lamb’s ear

An exciting addition to the garden is this Oakleaf Hydrangea. It’s full name is Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Ruby Slippers’ (Lil’ Ruby dwarf Oakleaf Hydrangea).

Hydrangea quercifolia 'Ruby Slippers'  April 16 2013

Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Ruby Slippers’ April 16 2013

It arrived as part of a plant shipment on April 11 and by April 16 it was settling in well. Yesterday, just five days later, it really seems to be acclimated.

Hydrangea quercifolia 'Ruby Slippers'  (Lil' Ruby dwarf Oakleaf Hydrangea)

Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Ruby Slippers’ (Lil’ Ruby dwarf Oakleaf Hydrangea), April 21, 2013

The broad green leaves of this deciduous woody shrub resemble oak leaves. In fall the highly textured, leathery leaves should turn scarlet and burgundy. The inflorescences should bloom white, turn to pink and eventually fade to burgundy red.

Be sure to visit Christine to see other GBFD articles.

13 thoughts on “Garden Bloggers Foliage Day – April 2013

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Oakleaf Hydrangeas are used frequently here but usually get quite large. I am hoping this dwarf variety will stay small, but bloom and bloom.

  1. Christina

    Thanks for joinign in GBFD again this month. This hydrangea is also better suited to drier areas as it needs much less water than others of the species. Christina

  2. Alberto

    I just love hydrangea quercifolia, particularly in autumn. It’s also one of those few hydrangeas (together with the paniculata) that aren’t too fussy about soil, sun exposure and drought. They’re kind of precious to me! Never seen this particular cultivar, I guess the panicles get reddish when they age, although the real feature of this plant really is its foliage, I think.

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Donna. I like it too, although the yarrow is way to aggressive. I was pulling some out today to try to give the other plants a fighting chance.

  3. Pauline

    Your Hydrangea looks a lovely one, the oak leaved hydrangeas are very impressive aren’t they, love the huge leaves and yours sounds as if its autumn colour should be spectacular.

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Yes, I do hope the hydrangea makes good fall color. The blooms and foliage on a mature one should be very nice–this one might take a while before it blooms–I don’t know for sure.


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