Foliage Day: July, 2015
I am a flower-centric gardener, and so it is useful to be reminded that a garden is about more than blooms. Which is exactly the service performed by Garden Bloggers’ Foliage Day, sponsored by Christina at My Hesperides Garden.
At this point in the summer the warm-season grasses start to assert their presence, especially the ‘Northwind’ Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum).
It makes a nice backdrop for the ‘Raspberry Wine’ Monarda.
So does the Nothern Sea Oats (Chasmanthium latifolium).
The seed heads on the Chasmanthium have started to form, creating a sort of pointilist effect.
And while I’m on the subject of grasses, let me show you this clump of Little Bluestem (Schizacyrium scoparium) I planted in the Lamppost Bed. There’s two ‘Jazz’, two ‘Carousel’, and two straight species. Why did I do it like this? Pure whimsy. Also behind them there’s a ‘Shenandoah’ Switchgrass that was almost shaded to death in another location. It is slowly coming back to life.
In addition to grasses, there are ferns that are holding up well so far this summer. Lady Ferns (Athyrium filix-femina) look pale green and delicate but they are pretty tough..
This mystery fern makes a nice contrast to the Wild Ginger (Asarum canadense).
And these ferns are happy to be located next to a small water fountain.
I committed mayhem among the Ostrich Ferns (Matteuccia struthiopteris) in order to keep them from taking over the Front Foundation Bed. The remnant seems to be getting over the shock.
Berries are not the same as foliage, but they’re not flowers either, so I say they count. The berries on the Starry Solomon’s Plume (Smilacina stellata) are still ripening.
Same thing with the Solomon’s Plume (Smilacina racemosa). They are a sort of copper color now, but will be bright red when ripe.
The Cranberrybush Viburnum (Viburnum opulus var. americanum) berries are plentiful this year, and just starting to ripen.
But the Solomon’s Seal (Polygonatum biflorum) aren’t very fruitful, but their arching stems are appealing even so.
One last thing. Great Merrybells (Uvularia grandiflora) is generally grown for its spring flowers, but in moist soil it makes a nice ground cover.