But, even in spring, some foliage plants command attention. The Callistemon 'Cane's Hybrid' I added in the middle of the backyard border last March is one of those plants. This shrub, purchased in a 1-gallon container to fill the spot vacated by a tall peppermint willow (removed to address a neighbor's complaint with obstruction of her view of the harbor), was probably one foot tall when I planted it but it's already 4 feet tall. It does bloom but, at the moment, its the fresh new foliage that caught my eye.
|The new silvery orange-toned foliage is especially good-looking when viewed from the dirt path behind the backyard border|
|But the shrub also looks good when viewed from the flagstone path that bi-sects the backyard|
The Callistemon isn't the only foliage plant with orange-tinged spring foliage.
|This Acer palmatum 'Sango Kaku' enjoys a good deal of shade in its spot in the vegetable garden alongside the garage|
|The Calliandra haematocephala produces these flushes of new foliage periodically throughout the year|
|While my Itoh peony (Paeonia Itoh hybrid 'Keiko'), has refused to rebloom since I planted it in 2013, it does produce pretty foliage in the spring|
Other notable foliage this month includes:
|Abelia x grandiflora 'Hopley's', which has formed a handsome clump since I planted it in October 2012|
|Dwarf Acer palmatum 'Mikawa Yatsubusa', which leafed out seemingly overnight|
|Melianthus major, which I was forced to cut back severely after some creature (I'm blaming the raccoon) badly damaged its main branches, probably when climbing down the Arbutus above it|
|The 'Red Flame' seedless grape|
I'll end this month's Foliage Follow-up with a different kind of green plant, a spiny hedgehog cactus.
|A friend passed this Echinopsis oxygona on to me in December 2014 with just 4 columnar segments. It's developed all those rounded segments since then and is showing signs that it may even bloom this year.|
For views of more flashy foliage, visit Pam, the host of Foliage Follow-up, at Digging.
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