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January Foliage

As is customary at this time of the month, I’m joining Pam at Diggings for January Foliage Follow Up, a monthly gardening meme where Pam and other garden bloggers showcase the beauty of foliage in their gardens. Lots of casualties here in the scorching summer sun. I’m losing a few Agapanthus to something that seems to be devouring them from the inside out, one of the new Carex is wilting and succumbing to the heat of summer and some of the Mexican Feather grass is not happy in the full sun spot I allocated it. A few other casualties too, but let’s focus on the positive and have a look at the foliage combos I’m particularly attracted to this month …

I found a Persian Shield (Strobilanthes dyerianus) at my local nursery. Ever since I discovered this in one of my favourite gardening books, “Foliage”, by Nan Ondra, I’ve wanted one. And how marvellous that it requires partial shade – I have plenty of those spots in my back garden. I plan to plant it in an amongst the little field of white Impatiens I have got going on in the back. But then look at this … at the same time I bought the Persian Shield I bought another variegated Hydrangea and had them standing together. Look how beautiful these two look together …

Persian Shield and Hydrangea

I might have to plant these in close proximity to each other.

Here are my favourite foliage plants and foliage combinations this month.

[one_half]The wonderful Strobilanthes dyerianusThe wonderful Strobilanthes[/one_half]

[one_half_last]The variegated HydrangeaThe variegated Hydrangea in flower[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Dusty Miller with Carex EvergoldDusty Miller with Carex Evergold[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Dusty Miller with Carex ‘Frosted Curls’Dusty Miller with Carex 'Frosted Curls'[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Trachelospernum jasminoides “Chameleon”Trachelospernum jasminoides "Chameleon"[/one_half]

[one_half_last]P. madagascariens & Ipomoea batatasPlectranthus magagascariens and Ipomoea Batatas[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Wild Iris & Helychrisum petiolareWild Iris (dietes) & Helychrism petiolare[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Nandina and the Louisiana IrisesNandina and the Louisiana Irises[/one_half_last]

I’m finding Summer to be the most challenging in the garden so far. There is so much that needs taking care of and the heat doesn’t inspire me to get things done. Dare I say this? I’m looking forward to Autumn!

Happy Gardening

By Christine

Dominated by large trees on a medium sized property, my garden is very shaded. With no “full sun” areas I have to plant shade and partial shade loving plants. I love shrubs and flowers including camellias and azaleas but Roses and Irises are my favourite and getting these to thrive is a challenge …

20 replies on “January Foliage”

I don’t know why it’s never occurred to me before but seeing you put photos of plants side by side really is an eye opener (that purple plant with the hydrangea is amazing) how they compliment each other. I need to take some photos of plants this year and compare them on the computer. It might help give me some perspective on which plants would look good together.

Planting for foliage is such a smart idea. We are pretty much guaranteed something interesting to look at in the garden for 3 seasons, in my zone 5 garden anyway. The Persian Shield is gorgeous and would stand out in a shade garden.

Wow, that persian shield is soo pretty! I love it! Dusty miller is also a fave of mine as well. I have some nandina, and I love its foliage – it turns such a pretty red in fall and winter.

Persian Shield always manages to steal the show, doesn’t it? It is lovely though. I think it’s one of the greatest challenges in a garden, bringing in a diversity of color and texture with foliage, so the garden holds interest throughout the year, long after the flowers are gone. You have some lovely contrasts here, like the Dusty Miller with the carex, and I love the chartreuse of the Ipomoea against the darker green too!

I think your Mexican feather grass will be fine in full sun, once it is established. This heat is so vicious, we hit 40C yesterday. Just let us last till March … Hope to see lots more of your purple leaves, won’t survive here! That first pair is a covetable winner.

Love that foliage combination! The purple really compliments each other. I don’t like working in the high heat of summer, either. I usually take a month or so off of regular gardening chores, and unfortunately, my garden usually shows it! But, all is forgiven once cooler weather hits. Your autumn means spring here, so I’m looking forward to it, too!

Lovely plant combinations you have. I used to have Persian Shield but sadly it didn’t last long. Looking at your gorgeous photos, I’m tempted to acquire one again.

Persian shield has a truly stunning leaf, and that combo with the variegated Hydrangea is a winner. I hope you get some relief from the heat soon. Austin, Texas gardeners can relate! I always look forward to autumn’s cooler temperatures.

Oh! I loved that purple leaf. Also, you pro-gardeners have fascinating meme ideas and all are great photographers :-). Need to learn from you pros.

watch out for the worm causing damage to your Aggies, it lives down in the tuber and can decimate a whole bed of them. Some nurseries are prescribing very serious systemic sprays to sort it out, but we have had good results with the Margaret Roberts organic caterpillar spray, although repeat application is vital.

Lovely combinations for Foliage day. The Persian Shield is a gorgeous color and the combination you have is beautiful.

I’m surprised about the Mexican Feather Grass since we use it in full sun here. I lost so many Carex last summer in our heat, I don’t know if I will plant them again.

Thanks for dropping by!

I also notice that you grow some of the plants that we can grow as well. I love the Persian Shield. I’ve never grown it, although it’s planted at Zilker Botanical Gardens here in Austin. It’s a showstopper in a shady garden.

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