July Garden Foliage
Foliage variation is an extremely important element in the garden and Pam at Digging hosts Foliage Follow-up each month on the 16th as a way to remind ourselves of the importance of foliage in the garden on the day after Bloom Day. This is my first time joining in on this meme and I am very excited about sharing some of the foliage I have in my gardens. Come along with me to take a look!
|Heuchera, Sedge and Euonymus|
One of my favorite combinations of texture is in the shade garden. Here are Heuchera 'Palace Purple', Japanese Golden Sedge and Euonymus 'Gold Spot'.
|Heuchera (Coral Bells) 'Palace Purple'|
The 'Palace Purple' Heuchera has a unique foliage of its own and is used for just that. Heuchera develops delicate blooms later in summer but is mainly known for it's deep burgundy leaves that last throughout the summer and into winter.
Dwarf Fountain Grass and Euonymus 'Emerald Gaiety'
Grasses always add grace and movement to the landscape. I like to combine them with evergreens. Seen here is Dwarf Fountain Grass 'Hameln' and Euonymus 'Emerald Gaiety' by my patio area.
|Hosta and Juniper|
Here I have hosta and Juniper next to one another...
|Hosta and Sedge|
and Hosta and a Variegated Sedge. I enjoy combining broad darker leaves with lighter colored, wispy grass-like foliage.
|Hosta 'Maui Buttercup'|
My new Hosta 'Maui Buttercup' made its debut in Garden Blogger's Bloom Day and is here again for its bright yellow foliage...
|Heuchera Combination with Juniper|
and here is Heuchera 'Caramel' (my favorite) combined with Heuchera 'Palace Purple' and Juniperus 'Gold Lace' for a little color contrast.
|Japanese Forest Grass Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola'|
These Japanese Forest Grasses that I purchased years ago have matured into two foot wide clumps and are in front of a backdrop of the darker leaved Rainbow Leucothoe. This area is mostly in shade with a little bit of dappled sun.
|Japanese Painted Fern|
Painted Fern is another plant that I purchased strictly for its beautiful blue-green foliage. It took some time for this to get established but once it did it formed a nice mass transitioning from the pool area to the shade area.
|Miniature Fountain Grass and Blue Star Juniper Combination|
Now into the sunnier section of the property there is Miniature Bunny Grass with Blue Star Juniper for a combination of blues and greens...
|Stachys (Lamb's Ear)|
and Lamb's Ear which is known for its soft white foliage.
Sedum, even though is known for its bright pink blooms in August, exhibits an unusual succulent-like foliage that forms perfectly symmetrical clumps...
and I just could not leave out the July lilies. Their grass-like foliage adds yet another variation of texture as well as movement to the garden.
I hope you enjoyed the foliage combinations in my July garden. Thank you to Pam@Digging for hosting Foliage Follow-Up and be sure to check out what foliage others have in their gardens. Also be sure to check out July Bloom Day.
As Always...Happy Gardening!
Author: Lee@A Guide To Northeastern Gardening, Copyright 2013. All rights reserved