I started on my neglected back slope, an area easily overlooked because it's largely invisible. Accessible only by a narrow (and steep) stairway of concrete blocks hidden behind a hedge, it's easy to ignore and, since the area was severely impacted by a horrific heatwave on the first day of summer last year, spending time down there has been more of a chore than a joy. Cooler temperatures and the winter rains have done more than my poor ministrations to improve its appearance and there are now quite a few things to smile about.
Heading back up the stairs from the bottom of the slope brings me to my dry garden. Just a couple of things grabbed my attention there.
|Coprosma repens 'Plum Hussey', the first one I planted and still the largest and most robust, now about 5 feet tall|
The front garden contains a lot of foliage plants but most of them have received plenty of attention in prior foliage posts. However, two vignettes drew my attention on my pass through.
|Phormium 'Maori Queen' enveloped by Euphorbia characias 'Black Pearl'|
|The same Phormium viewed from the other side of the bed with Corokia x virgata 'Sunsplash' to the left|
Moving down the dirt path that runs parallel to the street behind a Xylosma hedge to an area below the main section of the front garden, I spent a good half hour pulling seedlings of yet another of my hedges, which consists of Prunus laurocerasus (not shown). While doing this I discovered a mystery vine, which has clearly sprouted and been encouraged to spread by all the rain we've received this season.
Back up on the main level of the garden in the backyard, the Xylosma congestum hedge is still the most compelling foliage feature but I already gave that its due in last week's Wednesday Vignette (which you can see here). However, there were a few more foliage plants that drew my eye.
|Leucadendron 'Jester' with Melianthus major, which a cut back to the ground a few weeks ago|
|A noID succulent (perhaps a Crassula?) in a deep red color|
|Pseuderanthemum 'Texas Tri-star', which looks best growing up through another plant (like Ageratum corymbosum here), which hides its bare legs|
That's it for my foliage highlights this month. Visit Pam at Digging for more.
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