I’m starting this new feature „Foliage First!“, which is inspired by the hashtag #foliagefirst on Instagram. I participated in Garden Bloggers‘ Bloom Day and thought to myself: in winter, the foliage in our gardens is much more important, so why not start a similar feature showcasing foliage in all its glory? With „Foliage First!“ I’m showing the finest foliage that I can spot in my garden at the first day of every month. So let’s go ahead:
Agarista populifolia is a really exotic looking shrub (from Florida!) with its ficus-like, evergreen foliage, which shines especially in winter.
Agave neomexicana ‚Sacramento‘ with a spoonful of snow. Easy to grow with good drainage.
Doesn‘t look like much right now, but it‘s quite a special plant: a young, gangly Aristotelia fruticosa, grown from seed, between Cephalotaxus harringtonia ‚Fastigiata‘. It‘s a divaricating shrub, a typical habit of New Zealand plants, from mountainous regions, so hopefully it proves winter hardy in my climate. The species is really polymorphic: brown, dead-looking foliage to green and lush, deeply lobed to rounded leaf.
A. fruticosa is a cousin to the bigger Aristotelia chilensis from, you guessed it, Chile. This Genus shows a clear Gondwanan range: From Chile to Australia, Tasmania and New Zealand. A. chilensis freezes most winters to the ground, but is quite hardy.
I love the foliage of Ceanothus gloriosus x masonii ‚Blue Jeans‘. Hardy and easy.
Choisya ‚Aztec Pearl‘ looks always good, year-round. It’s really easy to propagate, so don’t buy it at a store and just ask a friend for a cutting.
Cornus kousa x capitata ‚Norman Hadden‘ is almost semi-evergreen. The few leaves that are left look great right now.
Corokia cotoneaster, another divaricating New Zealand native. Does well in shade for me. It is somewhat semi-evergreen after hard frosts.
Straight foliage on Cytisus scoparius ‚Apricot Gem‘.
Dryopteris wallichiana is an awesome evergreen fern. It almost sparkles;)
Elaeagnus umbellata v. rotundifolia still has some leaves.
I do love Hebes. One of my favorite is Hebe ochracea, a so-called whipcord hebe. Great combination with Lavender.
Silver colored Hebe pimeleoides.
Hebe ‚Theo‘ tried to flower before the frosts struck.
Another divaricating plant from New Zealand (there seems to be a pattern, here): Hoheria angustifolia.
Ilex vomitoria, a Ilex species that can be used like Mate tea.
Sparkling, silver foliage: Jacobaea maritima.
Lomatia fraseri isn’t hardy enought for me, it grew back this year from being cut back to the ground.
My favorite hardy Olearia: Olearia virgata lineata. It looses its leaves most winter, though.
Are you interested in participating in this feature? Leave a comment!