When it is hot and it is very HOT, the light shimmers and plants with silver or grey foliage look their very best.
The combination of silver and purple always looks great together; sedum ‘Purple Emperor’ seems to love the heat and its colour is better than ever.
I’ve had this Cotinus for ages but it’s been very slow to establish, although it is pretty drought tolerant it obviously needs lots of winter and spring rain to really grow well. I hope the sudden arrival of the high temperatures won’t shock it too much. The above demonstrates that just a small amount of flower combined with lots of beautiful foliage creates a harmonious picture.
Silver foliage combines with pinks of all shades as well as purple and white. It is of course perfect in summer but I also think it is just as lovely in winter. Texture of the leaves is just as important as with green foliage.
I asked for advice the other day about the division of the Magenta zone and the yellow area beginning with Hemerocallis Stella d’Oro; commenters gave me some very good ideas, but it interested me that almost universally the flower colour was the main consideration. I had been expecting foliage to be the main feature, a calm place between two strongly coloured areas. I actually did have Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Overdam’ in a sweeping line that began in the Large Island and continued on the other side of the path; but it hasn’t done well anywhere in the garden (it is sold as good for free draining soil but it doesn’t like my very free draining soil! Even Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Karl Foester’ suffered hugely last year, this year they are looking lovely and the flowers are lasting longer before it tightens to form its exclamation mark form.
Although I love the silver and purple foliage and think it works really well in my garden, what I am enjoying the most whether it’s looking out of the kitchen or sitting room windows or sitting on the terrace is the wonderful cool dappled shade created by the wisteria which now covers the pergola.
I do hope you’ll join in with GBFD, use it as you like; to showcase just one fabulous foliage plant or demonstrate how foliage works for you in your garden; if you have posted before in Foliage follow up please feel free to link to that post. Enjoy the rest of June and the approaching summer solstice.