As the title of this post indicates, I do love alliteration. But before spring formally arrives and flowers dominate the scene, February is a good time to take stock of the foliage plants that add so much to my garden. This won't be a comprehensive review as I've skipped some of the major players that are at risk of overexposure after repeated inclusion in my posts, like Acacia cognata 'Cousin Itt'. I should also note that many of the plants I've included here flower at some point during the year; however, I want to emphasize that these are plants that won a place in my garden in large part because of their foliage.
I'll start with those that shine in different shades of green.
Next up are the standouts in shades of silver.
|I wish these Helichrysum thianschanicum 'Icicles' didn't bloom. After bloom, they looked misshapen. I cut them back hard in late summer, not sure they'd survive, but I'm happy with how they look now.|
|Salvia canariensis var candidissima has fuzzy silvery-white foliage. It produces interesting flowers in summer.|
Variegated plants and those with unusual foliage color also play important roles.
|I determined that, in my garden, Cordyline 'Can Can' is happier in a pot than in the ground. The smaller plant is Cordyline terminalis 'Chocolate Queen', a recent mail order purchase from Little Prince of Oregon.|
|Echium candicans 'Star of Madeira' has great presence in my front garden in bloom and out. It does get woody over time and in another year or so I expect I'll have to replace it. I'll try taking cuttings this spring to get a replacement queued up.|
|Yucca 'Blue Boy' has wonderful purple foliage. It's supposed to grow 4-6 feet tall by 3-5 feet wide but mine have stayed smaller (or are just biding their time).|
When we acquired this garden just over ten years ago, the only succulent plant in the garden was a single clump of Agave attenuata in the front garden. In every year since, they've gained a larger foothold. If I were to venture a guess, I'd say succulents now account for roughly one quarter of the plants in my garden. Many of these, like the larger agaves, regularly crop up in my posts so I've included just a few of the more demure specimens in this one.
|These two 'Joe Hoak' Agaves have been in place since 2015, slowly growing in size. One came to me as a pup from blogger friend Denise of A Growing Obsession.|
|I showed this |
|Years ago, I stuck a tiny cutting of Crassula ovata 'Gollum' below the Xylosma hedge running along the street. It's become a nice accent with its orange-red tips and I've now used other cuttings as fillers among succulents elsewhere.|
|Graptoveria 'Fred Ives', shown here in front of three Hesperaloes, remains one of my favorite succulents. It's tough as well as pretty.|
|Mangave 'Jaguar', a birthday gift from my husband the year before last, has proven to be a very attractive plant. I need to surround it with more succulents that'll pick up the copper and burgundy tones in its foliage.|
|Mangave 'Spotty Dotty' has been happier since I relocated it to this sunnier spot. Its coloring is unusual, even for a Mangave.|
I took numerous photos of Aeoniums in preparing this post but I decided they deserve their own separate post, which I'll share sometime later this month.
That's it from me this week. I had my first Covid-19 vaccine shot yesterday and I'm starting the weekend with a positive outlook as a result. I hope you find something to put a positive spin on your weekend too.
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