The 22nd means Garden Bloggers Foliage Day, hosted by Christina at My Hesperides Garden.
Being winter, foliage is more important than ever to define the structure of the garden as flowers have all but retreated during the chilly weather.
Here are just some of the ones that are looking great despite really cold weather that has damaged so much of the garden – I think that the variegated pittosporum (Pittosporum eugenoides) looks particularly lovely after a light dusting of snow about a week ago:
It has also been unharmed during the present weeks of frosty weather and is easily hardy to USDA zone 7/8 (RHS zone H5)
One of the conifers in the garden is this beauty: Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Nana Gracilis’ – the dwarf Hinoki Cypress
I just love the parsley-like foliage on this one and the fact that it retains its pretty lime green foliage even in the coldest weather. It was here when I bought the house, and despite being about 40 years old, it is only approx. 2.5m (9′) tall. This plant has a wide hardiness range: USDA 5 – 11 (RHS Zone H7).
Another brightly coloured plant in the garden is the common bugle weed. But this is a brightly variegated sport that appeared in a clients garden – they didn’t want it, so I took it:
In spring it will have the typical bugle-weed flowers, which will probably clash hideously with the foliage, but it will make a pretty groundcover for most of the year. Again, this is a tough plant and is hardy between USDA zones 3 – 9 (RHS Zone H7).
It isn’t one I imagine most people would rush out and get, but once it starts to fill out, it will look striking as a multi-coloured ground cover!
Happy Gardening 🙂