As part of Foliage Follow-Up May 2015, I present a small sampling of some of the foliage plants that are looking good in the garden now.
This vignette located near my front entry has been making me happy for months. Heuchera 'Delta Dawn' has moved into #1 position as favorite Heuchera. Lonicera nitida 'Twiggy' is a dwarf evergreen box honeysuckle with gold foliage. To the far right is a species rhododendron, also very dwarf, called Rhododendron recurvoides (Dover form). The bold hosta foliage in the background rounds it out. Extra bonus: this planting combination is evergreen with the exception of the hosta, of course.
Rhododendron pendulum is a bit of a collector's plant. I was shopping the Thompson's booth at Hortlandia and an avid rhododendron collector insisted that I just must get this plant! I'm a sucker that way, so I did, of course. Loving it! Thanks stranger.
Hydrangea quercifolia 'Little Honey', looking the best it'll look all season with its new growth. I like the plant, but don't have it in the best position as it get some hot afternoon sun. At some point, in the near future it will get burnt and not look as fresh. Each time that happens, I promise to get it moved to a better location. Alas, maybe next year?
Lots of hosta looking good now; this is a current fave — Hosta 'Blue Mouse Ears' is a dwarf blue that is good for edging a path, nestling at the base of another, larger hosta or perennial or really just about anywhere.
Mahonia gracilipes has been slow to get going in my garden but has started to pick up steam now that I've had it a few years. It's an evergreen, shade tolerant shrub with wonderfully bold foliage with a white underside (that you can't see in this photo).
I'm liking this newish-to-me box honeysuckle, Lonicera nitida 'Briloni' Edmee Gold™. Same foliage as the more common Lonicera 'Baggeson's Gold' but seems to want to be quite a bit smaller and has a mounding, downward draping growth habit.
This hydrangea was sold to me as Hydrangea 'Summer Frost' which doesn't seem to be a very commonly grown plant. I'm having some doubts as to whether it was properly identified as it doesn't seem to match up with others that show up on web under that name. Again, any second opinions as to its accurate identification would be welcome!
Rhododendron sinofalconeri is another species rhodie I've been growing for awhile that is finally starting to wake up and get going. Loving its bold foliage and the exotic vibe it adds to this section of the garden.
So there you go, hope you enjoyed taking a peek at these foliage champions. Looking forward to seeing what others have shared. See them all here.