The past few months I’ve become quite obsessed with the foliage in my garden. I’ve been concentrating on the look of plants and their foliage (rather than the blooms) and I’ve acquired a number of new plants bought purely for their lovely foliage or for the way they will look in the garden when combined with my existing plants. I think my favourite new acquisition is Festuca glauca which I first admired in my Gardening Mentors’ garden, Diana of Elephant’s Eye in Porterville. Diana has a real gift for beautiful combinations and the results are extraordinary!

Without any further waffle, here are my latest “combinations” that I am enjoying at the moment – experienced gardeners, please jump in and tell me if you see something that is not pleasing to the eye – I am learning and don’t always see when things don’t gel well together. I appreciate constructive criticism – it helps me to grow as a gardener.

Festuca glauca, scoparis, Acorus & LamiumFoliage Follow Up

Surrounding the HydrangeaMoving in on the Hydrangea

Chondropetalum tectorum & NandinaChondropetalum tectorum & Nandina

Acorus gramineus, Curry plant & HypoestesAcorus gramineus, Curry plant & Hypoestes

Agapanthus, Plectranthus & ScoparisAgapanthus, Plectranthus & Scoparis

Duranta and Festuca scoparisDuranta and Festuca scoparis

Acorus gramineus – just love thisAcorus gramineus - just love this

Newly planted: Miscanthus sinesis “Zebrinus”Newly planted: Miscanthus sinesis "Zebrinus"

Agapanthus and Carex evergoldAgapanthus and Carex evergold

Dusty miller and Carex EvergoldDusty miller and Carex Evergold

New: Duranta and Mexican feather grassNew: Duranta and Mexican feather grass

New: Miscanthus variegatus and ?New: Miscanthus variegatus and ?

I’ve forgotten the name of the very last grass – I think its Pennisetum “something-or-other”. The last two photographs are of brand new combination plantings, so they still need some time to grow to show off their potential. This month I need to concentrate on flowering plants again – this “foliage obsession” has resulted in very few blooms in my “November garden“, but the foliage is looking lush and great!

Below is a new combination I’ve just planted about a week ago. I planted the Artichoke a while back and because of its “upright” way of growing, its showing lots of bare ground below. So I’ve planted the silver-hued Helichrysum petiolare below it as a contrast (I saw this on someones blog, I forget which one) and I loved the combination. I planted the Helichrysum only last week so it will need a few weeks to spread and fill out before I can see how it actually looks. Hopefully I will be able to show it next month, and I hope it looks good. Here are the individual plants… What do you think – Good combo, or no? I’m thinking something “pretty” that flowers should join this combo, but not sure what yet. Any suggestions? The spot is quite sunny – sunny enough for the Artichoke to be growing at a furious pace.

Artichoke plantArtichoke plant

Helichrysum petiolareHelichrysum petiolare

Happy Gardening

About Foliage Follow Up

Today I’m linking up with Pam at Diggings for Foliage Follow Up.  “Foliage Follow Up” is a monthly gardening meme where Pam and other garden bloggers showcase the beauty of foliage in their gardens on the 16th of the month.