Foliage Follow-Up: May 2013
May is a time for fresh green foliage, before heat and drought and little critters give us leaves looking tired and tattered.
To begin with, there is wild ginger (Asarum canadense). Not really ginger, but the root does have a strong ginger smell. A nice groundcover native to eastern and central North America.
Then there are the ostrich ferns (Matteucia struthiopteris). They are not yet at their full height, which can be four feet or more. This is their third spring in the garden.
Another native plant that I like to use as a groundcover is wild strawberry (Fragaria virginica). This time of year it also has little white flowers. Later there will be tiny strawberries that are edible but best left to the birds and critters. I use a weed whacker to keep the wandering stolons in bounds.
Starry Solomon’s Plume (Smilacina stellata) has inconspicuous flowers in spring. The striped berries that come in late summer are much more interesting. The foliage is nice, also.
The wild currant (Ribes americanum) has fully leafed out by now. The maple-like leaves have a nice texture. I like the dangling chartreuse flowers as well.
The peony buds are not yet open, but some of them have attractive and unusual foliage.
As I say, this is a time of year when all foliage can delight the eye, just by virtue of being fresh and new.
Are the fresh green leaves of spring in your garden making you happy?