Welcome to Garden Bloggers’ Foliage Day for April; I hope you will join me in exploring the virtues of good foliage planting in the garden this month.
I have been wondering what foliage I would feature in today’s post; looking through my images there wasn’t one that didn’t have some colour from flowers and although I have often written about the key part foliage plays in supporting the flowering plants that isn’t what I want to focus on today.
Night-time temperatures are still quite cold (I think colder than recent years) and the forecasters are even threatening minus 1 during next Tuesday night – I’m in denial regarding this having just spent 2 days planting out my tomatoes, courgettes and squash! But during the day the sun is strong and to sit outside comfortably for lunch we are already grateful for some dappled shade.
After we bought our house the first priority was to build a terrace with a pergola over it for shade and the obvious plant choice was Wisteria. I’ve already mentioned (probably too many times) that I’d always wanted a wisteria for the wonderful perfumed flowers, but truly the best thing about wisteria is the speed at which the foliage grows to cover an area is beautifully dappled shade; yet in the winter the foliage is gone allowing the pleasant winter sun to warm an area that would be too cold to sit and eat in if shady in winter.
It is hard to believe that just a week ago the pergola was covered in flowers and the constant buzzing of possibly hundreds of contented bees – and now, and this isn’t an excuse to show another image of the wisteria in flower – now there are only a few bees finding some pollen and nectar in the last, hidden flowers; what there is to enjoy is the gorgeous dappled shade. I don’t think there is another climber that works so hard for its place in the garden.
As the sun becomes hotter the wisteria will have grown even more making the shade more dense.
Over the small table where sit for lunch the shade already castes enough shade to make it pleasant to sit outside.
The above image hasn’t been manipulated but to me it looks like an artist’s impression of foliage on a hot summer’s day.
What is foliage doing for you in your garden? Do you choose plants for the beauty of their leaves or perhaps for their form; do you need to think about creating shade in your garden or do you already have too much. To join GBFD simply leave a link to and from this post. Thank you for sharing.