Alright, one final wishlist publish from me, your GPOD editor… This time I’m wanting previous flowers to foliage that I wish to add to the backyard. Everybody is aware of that foliage is the guts of a well-designed backyard because it lasts a lot longer than flowers. BUT I’m very responsible of being seduced by fairly flowers, so I would like to essentially concentrate on stepping up my foliage recreation this 12 months.
What are your favourite foliage crops? Ship in pictures, we’d like to see them!
This conifer is Pinus contorta ‘Chief Joseph’ (Zone 5 – 8). In the summertime, it appears completely regular. However within the winter, the needles flip this good yellow. It’s sluggish rising, and wishes some safety from direct solar within the winter to maintain from burning, however wow, what a coloration! The burlap behind it on this picture is to present it a little bit of shade. I took this picture at Hidden Lake Gardens in Michigan.
One other favourite with yellow foliage… Aralia ‘Solar King’ (Zone 4 – 8). Arduous to beat that coloration! I really planted certainly one of these final 12 months, however it’s nonetheless small… it takes time to construct as much as this large specimen I noticed in a backyard in Virginia.
I took this picture of a dahlia at Chicago Botanic Gardens, I simply beloved the wealthy darkish coloration of the foliage contrasting with the brilliant yellow flowers! Sadly, I uncared for to take an image of the label, so I’m making an attempt to determine the variability. I THINK it may be ‘Joyful Days Yellow’.
Begonia grandis (Zone 5 – 9) might be essentially the most chilly hardy begonia on the market. The small pink flowers are fairly, however the foliage is de facto the star, I like how the backs of the leaves are pink.
Bowman’s root (Porteranthus trifoliatus, Zone 4 – 8) is an excellent perennial native to jap North America. I’ve all the time loved is fairly white flowers within the spring, however by no means realized that the autumn coloration was so good! This can be a clump I noticed on the Lurie Backyard in Chicago.
This may increasingly appear to be a clump of grass that’s lifeless and brown for the winter… however really, it’s a sedge (Carex buchananii, Zone 6 – 9) and it appears like this all summer time! Some hate it… I like it. This can be a patch from my outdated backyard, the place it was a favourite snoozing spot for me cat. Time to plant extra in my present area.
Rex begonia vine (Cissus discolor, Zone 9 – 11) is a beautiful vine I’ve beloved each time I’ve seen it at public gardens, however I’ve by no means really grown it myself. That foliage is simply unimaginable!
Okay, one final picture, and this isn’t fairly foliage… nevertheless it isn’t flowers both. Reasonably, the nice fruit of winter berry holly (Ilex verticillata, Zone 3 – 9). That is native to a large swath of North America. And such a terrific plant. I don’t know why I don’t have any at residence! Want to repair that this 12 months.
Winter is all the time a sluggish time for GPOD submissions, so should you’ve been pushing aside submitting, please ship in some pictures now! In case your backyard is dormant for the winter, it’s the prefect time to look by way of your pictures from hotter instances and ship us a few of your favorites.
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