Welcome to GBFD, where foliage is the star rather than the flowers! That’s a good thing in my August garden as flowers are in short supply. What foliage stands up to the high temperatures, warm winds and lack of rain in August?I have to admit that neither the garden nor I are at our best in August – it is too hot! Too dry! and my lack of energy means that little is done to improve the situation.
It is during this month that I begin think that my principals of not using precious water to irrigate ornamental plants is perhaps being a little masochistic. I look at all the beautiful lush gardens on the blogs I follow and my resolve is tested. However the new planting made last autumn to replace the formal beds which you can still see as my header (note to self – I must change this!) are establishing well and as long as I look at this rather than many of the other borders I can at least enjoy a pleasant view from the terrace.
All the images where taken at about 5.15 pm yesterday afternoon; the sun is still strong but as you can see from the shadows the sun is already much lower in the sky than it was just a couple of weeks ago.
Teucrium is the plant that looks the best during periods of drought, almost every other plant shows some signs of stress.
Apart from the Melia and Mulberry, the trees that cope best in the heat and drought are the evergreens so I really wish I had planted more initially. I also wish I had removed the walnut trees (I did remove a few as the previous owns had planted about eight). The two that remain in the back border are large now so I wouldn’t want to lose the maturity they give to the garden but they are rather boring trees and don’t produce nuts to eat.
Every year I think the fig will actually die as it always loses at least 50% of its leaves. I find it so odd as you often see them growing on cliffs with no soil at all but perhaps it is the humidity of those situations that keep them alive.
The Miscanthus has been watered and it may recover when it rains and produce some flower spikes.
Above you can see that even Verbena bonariensis that loves free-draining soil and a sunny position have turned to crisp brown stems, but they still add some structure to the garden.
If you would like to share some beautiful lush foliage I would love to see it; or any theme associated with foliage would be fine. Just link to and from this post. Have a good week.
I’ll be posting my vases either later today to tomorrow.