foliage rules

‘quick silver’

I always have loved the architecture of Hebes, but my green thumb turned black whenever I tried to keep one looking good. Until, that is, I discovered ‘Quick Silver’. As you can see, it has very small leaves, and a sprawling, open habit. It started small, but has now spread to cover most of this gravel berm. Other plants grow through it here and there, and the gravel and river rocks are still visible between the branches.


As the buds swell (a few have burst), this unidentified aster is at its peak of perfection…a froth of green.

mystery aster

Seeing it from this angle, the delicacy of the foliage is more evident.

‘red dragon’

Persicaria ‘Red Dragon” spends the summer dressed in plummy shades of purple. Only now does it begin to earn its name.

‘persian velvet’

Euphorbia ‘Persian Velvet’ is denser and, well, velvetier than wulfenii, and about half the size.

‘persian velvet’ from a distance

It also holds its shape year-round.

lonicera berm

Lonicera nitida ‘Lemon Beauty’ is a common plant for a reason. Supremely hardy and fast growing, it also is easily propagated, giving me a shot at the repetition I was awed by in my last three posts.

‘lemon beauty’ close-up

Up close, the tiny striped leaves reveal the secret to the glowing effect it projects from a distance.

lonicera with barberry

I like the color contrast of pairing it with Berberis thunbergii pupureum. Verging on the “small leaf syndrome” dreaded by Frances, I threw in some grasses, a dogwood and some other departures for textural interest.

’sekkan sugi’

Finally, Cryptomeria japonica ‘Sekkan Sugi’ stands alone. I have been toying with the idea of creating a bed around her, but hesitate to detract from the way she stands out against the dark background of cedars. The deer had a go at destroying our dear Sugi, so that explains the naked bottom section.

Foliage gets its due each month on the day after Bloom Day. Don’t go by me…I am a day late. This was Pam’s brainstorm, and you can see more by clicking here. Scroll down to her Sept. 16 post, and you will find treasure. Go to the comments on that post to find even more.

5 thoughts on “foliage rules

  1. “Small leaf syndrome”? I don’t think so. Not when the leaves are as fancy as these. I LOVE the color contrast. Not always must there be a textural contrast. Sometimes a little harmony is a good thing. Anyway, that’s my two bits. Love the Euphorbia and Persicaria. Nice followup.

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  3. Pam~And the varieties just seem to keep multiplying, don’t they?

    Grace~Thanks, Grace! My gardener’s ego can always use a little bolstering.

    Megan~They didn’t EAT on it, but used it to rub their antlers, until R wrapped the trunk in bird netting, and that seemed to do the trick.

    Penelope~Hi there! New voices always welcome here.

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