I started GBFD in Sptember 2011 with the aim of understanding how foliage works in my garden and hopefully helping others to recognise the importance of foliage in their own gardens. Foliage is the mainstay of any garden whether we plan it that way of not, there may be a few plants that flower for 12 months a year but they certainly don’t grow in MY garden. So it makes sense to me to consider the foliage (and form) of a plant just as much if not more than the flowers. Don’t misunderstand I’m not advocating that we all change our gardens into flower-free zones, far from it, I think that foliage is the supporting role but if it doesn’t work then the stars find it harder to shine.
I’ve been banging on since July that this year the summer has been perfect for me, and great for the garden because the temperatures have not been so high and there has been some rain almost every week. However even with all the benefit of the rain I realise that my garden struggles with shrubs, few really reform as well as I would like in the very free-draining soil. The Cotinus is a good case in point – I was thrilled when I actually managed to find the purple/red-leafed varieties imaging a wonderful solid block of colour (the leaves would also be great in a vase); but that’s not happening. The rain has allowed the stems to lengthen considerably this summer but they look spindly I am almost tempted to remove them but as I don’t know what I’d put in their place they are safe for now.
Silver or grey-leaved plants all do well, I must search out more shrubs with silver foliage, any suggestions?
As the poor olive we repositioned hasn’t survived the move, I’m considering buying a small replacement, or possibly another Fejoa.
I apologise about the strange blobs on many of the images, there is something on the lens (inside the lens) that I can’t remove, I need to go to a camera shop but its holiday time here in Italy and many shops are closed as they are family businesses so there is no-one to run them when the owners are away.
I’ve found a couple of seedlings from the Melia azedarach; as they grow so quickly to become trees (mine were seedlings when planted in 2007) I am considering adding one or both to the slope as a further windbreak for summer.
Please use GBFD how best suits you; you could highlight one plant that has special foliage or show one area or border where the foliage is the star this month or all the foliage you are enjoying at the moment. Whatever works for you please leave a comment here with the link to your post, I always enjoying reading and responding to all your posts.