Last month I wrote about Sissinghurst Castle for GBFD so that it is two months since I wrote about the foliage in My Hesperides Garden. What a difference two months make! Then we had just experienced the first rain after the drought now the garden is luxuriant after a considerable quantity of rain, more than usual for this time of year but certainly very welcome.
Silver leaved plants look great most of the time, only after heavy rain they look green.
Even the lavender that I described as looking dead and many of you commented that I shouldn’t have any false hopes has, for the most part put on a lot of foliage even where it had been cut back severely into ‘old wood’ which in England would be unlikely to re-grow at all; here, as you can see, has sprouted incredibly well. Not all has recovered but enough to make me think it might be worth keeping it going as I don’t really relish the cost of replacing it with something else.
Cerinthe purpurea major has, as always, produced a mass of seedlings, some need removing to the compost heap and some moved to where I might appreciate them more – this is a job that needs to be done soon!
Nandina domestica is showing the pink tints that tells me winter is approaching. I do love this plant, it isn’t invasive in Italy; I know it is in some parts of the US; here it grows very slowly and although it has produced seedlings not one has survived.
Sorry I have completely forgotten the name of this plant, it is an annual and I have written about it on numerous occasions. The foliage is green during summer and then changes to this amazing pink in mid-autumn
If you would like to join me in celebrating foliage in the garden, just post and add a comment to this post with a link back to your own post. I’m really looking forward to a feast of colour this month when many of you will have some fabulous foliage to share.
Late addition I just read this post from Rhone Street Gardens, the whole post is amazing do take a look.