It’s the 16th day of March which means its time to join Pam at Diggings for March Foliage Follow Up, the monthly gardening meme where garden bloggers showcase the beauty of foliage in their gardens.

At no time has it been more obvious to me than over the last few weeks, just how important foliage is in the garden. With no mass displays of gorgeous blooms my garden would have been a sorry sight without the colour, interest and lush growth all the different foliage has provided. With small areas of pretty blooms highlighting beautiful shades of greens, greys and blues, contrasting shapes, forms and textures … it’s been a wonderful few weeks of admiring the foliage.

Here are some of my favourite foliage plants and combinations I’m enjoying at the moment. In the third and fourth photos below, the coloured leaf from the Silver Birch tree (Betula pendula) has fallen into the Dusty Miller – I was amazed at how interesting and beautiful the colour contrast is – in nature. I’m not sure I’d put those colours together but when it happens naturally it is simply beautiful.

Carex evergold and Duranta “Sheena’s gold”Carex evergold and Duranta "Sheena's gold"

Ipomoea batatas and OsteopernumIpomoea batatas and Osteopermum

Carex, Dusty Miller and an autumn leafCarex, Dusty Miller and a fallen autumn leaf

Interesting contrast – close up of the leafInteresting contrast - close up of the leaf

Artemesia  Silver Mound and CissusArtemesia Silvermound and Cissus

Artemesia schmidtiana ‘Silver Mound’Artemesia schmidtiana 'Silver Mound'

Carex and Sutera – what do you think?Carex and Sutera - what do you think?

Nandina pygmaea and PlectranthusNandina pygmaea and Plectranthus

I’m liking how all these work togetherI'm liking how these work together

and the start of Autumn leaves …and the start of Autumn leaves ...

The Artemesia schmidtiana ‘Silver Mound’ is a brand new purchase. I really like it but I bought it on impulse and don’t have a plan for it. I’ve been hauling it around and placing it next to existing plants to see where it will look good – so far I’m not finding the perfect place, so it’ll have to live in the pot for a bit longer.

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