GBFD – A beautiful garden is dependent on the foliage

This month I didn’t go out into the garden to look for foliage to photograph for this post but instead decided that I would look through the images I have taken so far this month and think about how the foliage relates to the whole garden experience.

This image taken on the first of May sums up my thoughts on foliage; even though the garden seemed full of flowers at the time (May 1st) in this particular view there are only a couple of tail end tulips still blooming and yet to me it looks lovely.  The texture and form and the varying shades of green MAKE the garden.

Looking accross the small island to the circular rose bed

Looking accross the small island to the circular rose bed

Looking across the large island there are flowers but without the foliage it would be a pretty poor show (May 5th)

Under the mulberry the blue colour and texture of Festuca glauca contrasts with the deep plum colour Huechera. (May 5th)

Under the Mulberry

Under the Mulberry

Some plants have foliage almost more lovely than their flowers.

Crimson edged leaf of Allium  Karataviense

Crimson edged leaf of Allium Karataviense

Cotinus

Cotinus

Sedum with feathery silvery folage of an artemisia

Sedum with feathery silvery folage of an artemisia

One red poppy in the formal beds of Perovskia

One red poppy in the formal beds of Perovskia

Large island in the foreground

Large island in the foreground

Looking across the large island there are flowers but without the foliage it would be a pretty poor show (May 5th)

Again this month I wanted to show you that by changing your images to tones of grey (thank goodness for digital photography) you can see very clearly how textures and forms work together to make a pleasing tapestry that will form the background to the flowers you want to display to their best advantage.

Cistus and Artemisia with Allium Christophii

Cistus,  Artemisia and Eleagnus with Allium Christophii

Same image in colour

Same image in colour

A narrow path leading you further into the garden

A narrow path leading you further into the garden

The grey image emphasises how wriggly the path edge is, I must adjust this, as it is unnecessarily fussy

The same image in colour

The same image in colour

What job is foliage doing in your garden?  Do you have a plant that you chose because it had lovely foliage rather than for the colour of its flowers?  If you are in the Southern Hemisphere it is autumn now, do you have some colourful autumn foliage to share with us?

To join in GBFD, simply post about foliage and leave a comment here with the link.

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Alliums and …..

I love Alliums for their structure.  When some are dry, I save them to use as decorations at Christmas, sometimes I even spay them gold to add to garlands.

Alliums need more water than I had imagined so this year with winter and spring being so wet this year my alliums are thriving.

Most Alliums tend to lose their foliage before their flowers appear which can mean they look a little strange with just the flowering stem coming out of the earth.  For this reason I like to associate them with other plants, I especially like them growing through low growing ground cover.

Allium Christophii the first metalic flowers opening

Allium Christophii the first metalic flowers opening

The above still has its foliage but as the flower opens the foliage always dies back.

Allium Christophii with Cotinus, I like the way the flower appears to be part of the cotinus

Allium Christophii with Cotinus, I like the way the flower appears to be part of the cotinus

Allium Christophii with Iris 'Before the Storm' and Cotinus

Allium Christophii with Iris ‘Before the Storm’ and Cotinus

Allium Christophii with Allium Atropurpureum  in the foreground

Allium Christophii with Allium Atropurpureum in the foreground

Allium Christophii with Cistus Silver Pink

Allium Christophii with Cistus Silver Pink

Allium Christophii

Allium Christophii

Allium Christophii with visiting insect

Allium Christophii with visiting insect

Allium Christophii with foliage of Tulip Negrita

Allium Christophii with foliage of Tulip Negrita

Just opening Allium Christophii with Dianthus and Iris Rustic Jewel Large Island

Just opening Allium Christophii with Dianthus and Iris Rustic Jewel Large Island

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Allium Purple Sensation in a pot on the terrace

Allium Purple Sensation in a pot on the terrace

Just emerging Allium  Karataviense

Just emerging Allium Karataviense

Allium Karataviense, the exception this has lovely purple edged foliage

Allium Karataviense, the exception this has lovely purple edged foliage

Allium nectaroscordum, I didn't notice the unwelcome visitor until I viewed the image!

Allium nectaroscordum, I didn’t notice the unwelcome visitor until I viewed the image!

Allium Roseum with Rose Scepter'd Isle

Allium Roseum with Rose Scepter’d Isle

Allium Roseum are actually native here and people are surprised I bought them for the garden

Allium Roseum are actually native here and people are surprised I bought them for the garden

I like the way Allium Roseum opens from its papery wrapping

Allium Schubertii

Allium Schubertii

Allium Schubertii, just one from an origional 10 planted in autumn 2009 with Euphorbia myrsinites

Allium Schubertii, just one from an origional 10 planted in autumn 2009 with Euphorbia myrsinites

Allium Schubertii

Allium Schubertii

White flowers in the garden, May

Although I don’t have a Sissinghurst-type white garden as part of my garden I do love white flowers.  They add pools of light in dark shady areas and are, for me, essential to have on the terrace or near it because they seem to be luminous in the evening as dust and then night arrives.

Here are the white flowers in the garden during the first week in May.

Iris 'Immortality', a lovely pure white

Iris ‘Immortality’, a lovely pure white

The above you’re seen in my post about Irises, but worth seeing again I feel.

Philadephus is filling the garden with its wonderful perfume

Philadephus is filling the garden with its wonderful perfume

Allium Karataviense

Allium Karataviense

Rosa Sally Holmes

Rosa Sally Holmes

Unknown name white Cistus

Unknown name white Cistus

Aquilegea vulgaris alba

Aquilegea vulgaris alba

Aquilegea vulgaris alba with Allium Roseum

Aquilegea vulgaris alba with Allium Roseum

Convolvulus cneorum

Convolvulus cneorum

cerastium tomentosum -  snow in summer

cerastium tomentosum – snow in summer

Cistus

Cistus

Solomon's Seal

Solomon’s Seal

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Photinia flowers, the bees love them

Photinia flowers, the bees love them

Allium Roseum are actually native here and people are surprised I bought them for the garden

Allium Roseum are actually native here and people are surprised I bought them for the garden