My Bloom Day post included the fluffy pink flowers of Calliandra haematocephala. This is the first year this plant has bloomed for me here but I've enjoyed the shrub's foliage for the past 2 years. It has an almost fern-like quality. The new growth appears with a reddish hue, turning a medium green as it matures. I regularly use it as a filler in flower arrangements. The picture below doesn't entirely do it justice.
Most of my succulents look good year-round but I am particularly taken by 2 Aeonium that rooted without difficulty from cuttings I simply pushed into the soil this past Fall.
This Euphorbia tirucalli moved here with me from my old house. It's getting more sun in its new location in my vegetable garden, which has intensified its color. For now, it's happy in its terracota strawberry pot but I'm sure it would gain stature if I put into into the ground.
I featured Hibiscus acetosella 'Haight Ashbury' in last month's Foliage Follow-up. It flowered and looked great for about 6 weeks, then collapsed. I cut it back in the hope that it will eventually return to its former glory. Hibiscus acetosella 'Mahogany Splendor', shown below, has proven to be a better performer in the long run. The plant produces small, burgundy-colored flowers but it's main attraction is its foliage.
|Hibiscus acetosella 'Mahogany Splendor'|
|Pelargonium 'Vancouver Centennial'|
|Pelargonium 'Mrs. Pollack'|
In the vegetable garden, Salvia officinalis 'tricolor' is adding foliage interest. Although it's principally grown as a culinary herb, this plant also produces attractive blue flowers; however, we'll have to wait until Summer for those.
|Salvia officinalis 'Tricolor'|
The Xylosma congestum hedge lining my backyard border has taken on a beautiful orange glow.
As my parting shot, I'll highlight the interplay between a dark-leaved Pelargonium in my front border and the Santa Barbara Daisy foliage growing up through it. I picked up the Pelargonium at the South Coast Garden Show in May 2011. My records are imprecise but I think its Pelargonium x hortorum 'Tweedle Dee'. If you recognize it as something else, let me know.
|Pelargonium x hortorum 'Tweedle Dee' (?) & Erigeron karvinskianus|