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Friday, March 16, 2012

Foliage Followup -- March 2012

Well,  I didn't do a Garden Blogger's Bloom Day post, because I don't really have much blooming other than some primroses and Hellebores, which I've already posted photos of. But I have lots of emerging foliage, not to mention stuff that is evergreen.

This Sempervivum is called simply 'Black' -- it is positioned where two different creeping sedums converge.

Quite a few of these "hens" flowered and died last year, but they left behind plenty of healthy "chicks," which have already reached a good size. I'll probably move a lot of them to the gravel garden when it's finished.

This bright orange ornamental grass is really thriving in its spot, despite very little water last year. Another good candidate for the new garden.

The bright new foliage of Spirea 'Magic Carpet' matches the grass really well, they are in the same bed. But I think the spirea will be staying where it is.

Hypericum 'Albury Purple' lives up to its name.

The new foliage on a nearby returning Lupine is quite purple too.

This rather large clump of rose campion has never bloomed, although it is going into its third year. Maybe this year. I do like the fuzzy texture of its leaves.

I love the tight rosettes of this tall sedum, which resembles Autumn Joy in form, but the flowers are much too bright. Possibly it's the one called "Neon'?

The new foliage of this Monarda is always tinged with purple.

This big healthy clump of Centranthus ruber will probably get divided and placed in the new gravel garden, it likes sharp drainage. So far, no babies, despite warnings that it will self-sow with abandon.

Variegated columbine foliage is so cute!

The new foliage of Agastache 'Golden Jubilee' always come up heavily tinged with purple, then turns completely chartreuse.

It's hard to find leaves of Dianthus barbatus Sooty' that aren't chewed on, but I managed.

I have five or six enormous clumps of Nepeta 'Walker's Low' that will get divided up and replanted in the gravel garden. The neighborhood cats like it, but it has thrived despite their ardor.

I hope this cute little columbine coming up amidst some rocks survives.

It's been so cold still (I am so jealous of the rest of the country, which is enjoying such warm temps), our native Sedum spathulifolium 'Cape Blanco', which normally has blue-gray foliage, is holding onto its cold-induced purpleness.
Is this flower or foliage? Hmmmm...not quite flower yet, I think, on this Euphorbia.

This blotched Arum 'Jack Sprat' was a new purchase this time last year. This clump is looking nice and healthy, not so for others elsewhere, they've been chewed on, probably by slugs.

I love the form and coloring on this Cyclamen hederifolium. With leaves like this, who cares if it flowers?

No post from the wet Pacific Northwest would be complete without a picture of moss. Except this isn't moss.

Do you know what it is? It's a large patch of liverwort -- an even more primitive plant than moss. I often find it on the surface of plants I've bought at the nursery, and I scrape it off. Maybe once the dry season starts it will die back. But for now, it loves my wet shade.

Well, that's about it for my foliage. I hope you enjoyed leaf-peeping!

Please check out Pam's blog Digging, where she is showing pictures of an interesting Mahonia, and where other bloggers have left links to more posts with lovely foliage!


  1. Liverwort! I've been finding that in my garden too, and I usually only see it on the new watergarden plants I buy - never knew what it was called. Many of your plants are farther ahead than mine. I hope your Rose Campion blooms. We had it at a place we rented and it was everywhere and the hummingbirds loved it. My Red Valerian self sows but just enough to give me a few new plants, not weedy at all.

  2. I did the foliage follow up for the first time today. You have some great foliage. Where to begin? I had wanted Albury Purple, but haven't figured out where to plant it. Like St. John's Wort. Super succulents. Think my Agastache Golden Jubilee died...maybe too dry? Really disappointed. Yours is great.

  3. Your Agastache and Nepeta just went on my want list. From one Bonney Lassie to another, "Happy St Patrick's Day!"

  4. Alison, that sedum spathulifolium is simply gorgeous! All of the foliage you posted today is wonderful, but that one just captivated me. I don't imagine it is hardy here.

    We are downright hot here today, almost 80 degrees. I don't have to tell you how completely bizarre this type of heat is for us in March; it's seems surreal. We're so lucky no huge thunderstorms have been triggered yet. Normally we have snow on the ground until long into April and even early May. I'm really uneasy about this turn of events. The plants are stretching and I fear we're in for a rude awakening.

    I hope you have a great weekend!

  5. I'm really interested in getting some agastache. All those pretty summer photo's from you, Scott and Catherine have influenced me! I love your pictures of sedum and sempervivum, like a carpet of texture. Beautiful! Cheers, Jenni

  6. Hi Alison,
    With all that wonderful foliage, it's easy to wait for the blooms to come. I have decided it either depends on where you live, or your gardening conditions whether a plant is going to reseed or spread a lot. I have had Jupiter's beard for a long time, and don't believe I've every had any seedlings, here in my SE Nebraska garden.

    I hope your campion blooms this year.

  7. We think of flowers in spring, but it's also a great time for enjoying fresh foliage. Thanks for joining in! I love the combo of color and texture in your top photo, and is that black mondo grass mixed in in the 2nd picture?

    1. Thanks Pam! That is black mondo grass in the second photo. I've found the best way to make it stand out is to interplant it with ground covers. And I just realized I forgot to link back to your post. I'll fix that pronto.

  8. Yep. Lots of Liverwort around my place too. It's such a strange looking plant. I could almost smell your Monarda foliage. I love the closeup shot of it and the others. Have you ever dug and divided a Centranthus? It has a lot of fibrous roots than run pretty deep. Not a pleasant task. At least I didn't think it was. You might have better soil though.

    You've got wonderful things coming up. Spring has sprung. Even if it is still so dang cold and wet. :)

  9. I haven't had Liverwort (the 'weed') really looks like a challenge! Hope you can keep it at bay;-) I did plant Liverwort (the 'native' plant) in my garden on purpose though--Hepatica nobilis. It is lovely and has such a dainty little flower. I think you would enjoy that one!). I have participated in FF a couple of times...but I have a problem keeping up with posting as it is; it takes me so long to get a post up for GBBD and I can't 'get it together' in time to do another one the very next day! I might be able to join in more often if it was, perhaps, at the beginning--or end--of each month. Enough time to get my thoughts & photos together. Posting, and blogging--while I love it--has seemed to take longer & longer and requires more and more effort and focus (which I seem to have to work harder and harder at maintaining). I should probably take my ADD meds!


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