At this time of year in the northern hemisphere it is the foliage that sustains interest in the garden.
Yes, there are some flowers and they may be what give us that little flutter of the heart when we see a lone bloom braving the cold to open for us; but that quickening of the heart aside it is the foliage that forms the background to that solitary flower.
A lone bloom of Solanum jasminoidese album, but it is the mass of rich green foliage that you see
Having some evergreen foliage in the garden is a must for winter structure, fading into the background in summer; it demands our attention in winter; with evergreen I include ever-silver which forms much of the structure of my Mediterranean garden. Lavender, Euphorbia, the Olive trees, these give the bones to my garden and form a gentle background to bleached colours in summer too.
I won’t show you images of the formal garden, you can see that on almost all my recent posts; many of you kindly commented that the images in the snow showed how strong the structure.
Let me show you some of the plants and areas of the garden that are looking particularly good at the moment.
As you come in the gate, the Euphorbia mysenites and small Agave catch the eye
Followed by prostrate Rosemary which is growing to cover the tuffo wall
- As you continue up the drive, Euphorbias attract your attention
A little further up the drive the slope looks like this. The stream of more prostrate Rosemary has filled out and is now making quite a statement.
Further up still and the view stretches accross the depth of the garden
I must admit to being very pleased with the above view of the garden, even in January it is full of colour, texture and form almost all from the foliage plus a few points of interest from some seed heads and berries.
On the other side of the garden Box balls and rounded humps of Thyme give a different structure, sadly the loss of the two larger balls due to the drought last summer have left some gaps that I haven’t decided how to fill, you can just see the indentation where one of the box was planted.
Acanthus mollis under the mulberry tree
In summer the area under the Mulberry tree is in deep shade; in winter sun-light filters through the stems and branches of the tree onto the large green leaves of Acanthus mollis. This plant is a bit of a thug, self-seeding indiscriminately around and with tap roots that dig deep into the rock under the small amount of top-soil.
What pleasure is the foliage in your garden giving you? What difference is it making in your garden? To join in please just leave a comment with a link to your post, thank you.