This harbinger of spring adds a blast of color end of season too!
Tillotson Road in Avon CT is one of the more picturesque roads in the Farmington Valley. Recently, a Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum) caught my eye as I soaked in Tillotson’s autumn splendor!
I took these shots on a recent garden tour of Hollister House Gardens in Washington, CT (look for a post about that very soon), and was amazed by how well the variegation of the Hydrangea vine and the Clematis worked against the brick structure. My first instinct would have been to plant a dark green leaf instead, but after seeing this I am inspired. What do you think of this combination?
I don’t know which Clematis this is, but I think the Hydrangea is ‘Mirranda’.
Today is Foliage Follow Up day. Following Bloom Day, it’s meant to remind the gardener of the important role foliage plays in garden design. It’s the brainchild of Pam Penick over at Digging, so enjoy the following foliage pics, then head over to Digging and see what’s caught Pam’s eye as well as others around the world.
This planting is all about foliage color, as Hosta ‘Color Glory’, Summer Wine Ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Seward’), Caramel Coral Bells (Heuchera ‘Caramel’), and Prince Rhododendron (Rhododendron yakushimanum ‘Prince’), mix colors of green, burgundy, caramel and chartreuse.
European Ginger (Asarum europaeum) might just be the prettiest groundcover!
Foliage plays an important role in the shade garden here, with Hosta sieboldiana ‘Elegans’, Hosta ‘Spilt Milk, Fairy Candles (Actea simplex ‘Pink Spike’), and Senecio (Ligularia dentata ‘Britt-Marie Crawford’).
Plum Pudding Coral Bells (Heuchera ‘Plum Pudding’) has been an excellent performer in our gardens.
Another wonderful ground cover, one that we like to plant between stepping stones is Carpet Bugle (Ajuga ‘Black Scallop’)
This Sweet Potato Vine (Ipomoea batatas), not sure of the cultivar, has been slowly taking over this Adirondack chair. I guess we haven’t had much time to sit in it lately.
In a matching planter we planted a dark leaved Sweet Potato Vine (Ipomoea batatas), again I’m not sure of the cultivar, that is exploding to almost completely cover this Sedum.
The last shot is from down by the garden, where I am enjoying watching this gourd (a hearty volunteer from spilled seed) which emerged from the watermelon patch and is climbing through the foliage of this Gold Thread Falsecypress (Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘Filifera Aurea’). I hope it sets fruit in the string like foliage!
Please leave a comment if you feel inspired, or if you like, head over to the Facebook Page and continue the discussion. We’d love to hear from you!
Foliage Follow-Up is the brainchild of Pam Penick over at Digging. As Pam states, “it’s a way to remind ourselves of the importance of foliage in the garden”. A very worthwhile task, as foliage is the true star when it comes to interest in the garden. So enjoy these photos, and when your done head over to Digging, and see what is adding interest in Pam’s garden!
May I present the wonderfully fuzzy ‘Ms. Stein’!