Trees are a little like walls inside a house - they don't always stand out and make a statement on their own but they provide the backdrop that gives the garden its ambiance. The trees that have the most presence in my garden are
The graceful weeping foliage of the
|Setting sun shining through the |
|View of the house through the trees from the slice of lawn bordering the street|
The Arbutus provides shade but also offers interesting bark, flowers attractive to hummingbirds, and strawberry-like fruit that feeds the birds.
We also have a large evergreen Magnolia in the middle of the front lawn.
|View of Magnolia from side yard|
|View up through the center of the Magnolia|
|Close-up of Magnolia leaves|
The Magnolia sheds leaves continuously during the summer months when it blooms but clean-up is far easier than in the case of the Mimosa (Albizia julibrissin) in the back. I've commented on my love-hate relationship with the Mimosa before. I'm still pulling out the seedlings deposited last year and the tree is preparing to shed a new crop.
|This year's crop of Mimosa seedpods|
There are seedpods on the 2 Western Redbuds (Cercus occidentalis) in the front yard that serve as understory trees too. However, these pods add interest to the front landscape, picking up the reddish tones of the Pennisetum setaceum 'Rubrum' and the bark of the Arbutus, without producing a slew of mini-trees.
|Ripened seedpods on Cercis occidentalis|
I have a lot of succulent containers scattered about the garden. I wrote one of my earliest posts about them (which you can read here). These are a few of my current favorites:
|Aloe 'Delta Delights', Crassula 'Ivory Pagoda', Dykia 'Burgundy Ice', Echeveria 'Violet Queen', Rhipsalis salicorniodes, Sedevaria 'Fred Ives', and Senecio radicans glauca|
|No list of contents on hand|
|Agave 'Blue Glow' (please excuse the scattering of Mimosa litter)|
|A succulent planter created by my mother-in-law|
These are my contributions to this month's Foliage Follow-up, hosted by Pam of Digging. You can view Pam's foliage picks and find links to other gardeners' foliage highlights here.