not to be outdone…foliage follow-up

Juniperus communis ‘Gold Cone’ new tips

This is when the new tips frost the evergreens. This is Juniperus communis ‘Gold Cone’ up close

‘Gold Cone’

Here it is again, with several different ground covers picking up the bright chartreuse. Off to the right is some wine colored foliage for contrast.

new heuchera foliage

Speaking of winey foliage…the emerging leaves of this Heuchera are shiny and fresh.

Heuchera ‘Marmalade’

In that same bed, where Heucheras thrive, ‘Marmalade’ adds its peachy tones…


and ferns continue to multiply.

Acanthus mollis new leaves

More shiny new leaves, this time Acanthus mollis in the woodland shade.


With the breezes blowing the new growth on the Photinia, it’s like watching flames dancing.

spiral leaves of tulip

This tulip is a gift from Linda and I can’t tell you its name, but I love the spiraling shape of the leaves.

two sedums

I like the way these two sedums cozy up to each other, with Hebe ‘Quicksilver’ reaching in to give them a little pat.

Rodgersia aesculifolia

Pushing up through the woodland duff, Rodgersia aesculifolia will eventually reach giant proportions as it goes dark green.

Rodgersia Bonze Peacock

At long last, Rodgersia ‘Bronze Peacock’ is starting to put in an appearance and I can quit worrying about it. Not so, I fear, for ‘Night Heron’, which seems to be a goner.

Calluna vulgaris

I have a hard time keeping the heathers straight, but I think this one might be ‘Red Fred’, judging by the red of the new tips…much more pleasing to me than later flowering. Nature has a way of soothing the pains brought on by ugly acts of humans. Pam has said it better than I can, so visit her for her words of wisdom as well as her healing Foliage Follow-up…and let’s focus on the wonderful folks who sprang into action to help the afflicted in Boston.

20 thoughts on “not to be outdone…foliage follow-up

  1. Mark & Gaz~I was disappointed that it lost its early bronze tones, but it compensates with SIZE.

    Heather~A much maligned but wonderful hedge plant.

    Angie~And comiong back with a vengeance!

    Peter~Here’s to the simple pleasures!

  2. I spotted the tiny tips of my last-to-appear Rodgersia today too, sigh of relief. I am sad however to hear of your ‘Night Heron” pulling a disappearing act, did even last years foliage go away? I usually have to cut mine back in the spring before the new growth appears.

  3. Loree~I spoke too soon about ‘Night Heron’. I just assumed, after seeing yours, that it would be well along towards blooming by now. Instead, a small sprig is barely visible. And yes, it disappeared completely with winter weather.

    Jane~The ones you see in that picture found their own “right place”. The many growing wild throw out spores right and left.

  4. That mossy groundcover is fascinating!

    The red dancing on the photinia is quite a pretty sight. The new foliage on ours has been especially pretty this year too.

  5. Shirley~We don’t need to work very hard to get moss around here.

    Paula~Part of the fun (and frustration) of visiting others’ blogs is seeing what grows in other parts of the world…like those lovely Ipheon you featured and I struggle with.

  6. Very nice foliage, Ricki. I’m seeing a Rodgersia I planted two or three years ago make an appearance again. I had completely forgotten about it. So you never know.

    I’m not a huge fan of the ubiquitous photinia but that scarlet foliage is awfully pretty, isn’t it?

  7. Ah, that chartreuse-burgundy color combo so prevalent in Pacific NW gardens and so impossible to replicate here in Austin — how I covet it! Gorgeous second image especially.

  8. Richard~My diet could be made up primarily of eating my words.

    Pam~Don’t you like the way the dandelions in the grass carry out the color scheme?

  9. The photo with the yellow flowers you were wondering about is Stylophorum diphyllum, Celandine Poppy. I just bought some tiny plants this year, so I don’t know if it will even bloom this year.

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