Foliage Followup 10/16/12

Hosted by Pam Penick at Digging

Two of the great memes in garden bloggery, Bloom Day on the 15th and the Foliage Followup on the 16th. Pam’s photo above of an anole in her Austin, Texas garden suggests a third meme, for wildlife, which would really ratchet up demands for a good camera kit and a steadier hand and eye than my own. Just throwing the idea out there (Deanne, yoohoo!)


I did go back to Brita’s this weekend for the Albizia ‘Summer Chocolate’ and will have to see how this potential 20-footer likes being kept in a container. (The fate of Brita’s nursery is still undecided at this point, which I wrote about here.)


Arundo donax ‘Golden Chain’ has been very slow to establish. It’s reputed to lack the thuggish ways of the species, and so far this has been borne out by its performance in my garden, for which I’m so grateful. I’d hate to give it up. Hardy to zone 7, maybe 6.


The arundo shares ground with Macleaya cordata, which is definitely fulfilling its reputation for having adventurous roots.
I haven’t grown macleaya in quite a while and missed having those enormous, scalloped, jade-green leaves around, especially on foggy mornings like this one.


An agave must be included, and this is one I don’t post about too often.
The striations of Agave americana var. striata are almost too subtle, but as it matures they are getting more pronounced.
The overall hazy blue-green effect is lovely, reading much better at a distance.


This agave has been relatively slow growing for an americana and hasn’t even pupped yet, another mark in its favor.


Sonchus canariensis growing lush in October. A member of the asteraceae/sunflower family, it will bloom with dandelion-esque flowers in spring.
A pup of Agave ‘Kara’s Stripes’ was tucked in at the base of the pot.
Full sun, easy on water, not too big in a container, 6-8 feet.


The banana Musa ‘Siam Ruby’ likes it hot, even for a banana, and really started to enjoy life when the days pushed into the 90s and stayed there. Not much action from it until the high temps kicked in.


Canna ‘Intrigue’ has been moved probably more than any other plant in the garden. On the plus side, it’s relatively slim for a canna, but it still thickens up fast and quickly crowds other plants. This is new growth since being transplanted in August. The last canna in the garden. I love them, but they’re unabashed garden hogs.


And, lastly, not a great photo but one that shows the size of my wonderful Tree Cabbage, Cussonia gamtoosensis, which I described in more detail here. The more common Tree Cabbage, Cussonia paniculata, has been in its 6-inch pot forever, at least a couple years, finally managing to push out a set of new leaves this summer from its swollen base, still without a proper trunk, but nothing fazes the Gamboos Cabbage Tree. I’d definitely recommend this more robust tree cabbage for pot culture in colder zones.

Thanks again, Pam, for giving leaves in their infinite and fascinating variety a day of their own.

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12 Responses to Foliage Followup 10/16/12

  1. Jason says:

    Really stunning foliage! That Albizia especially!

  2. Sue says:

    Because I’m all about the foliage, I’m glad to see you came to your senses and went back for the Albizia :).

  3. Yay…so glad you got the Albizia ‘Summer Chocolate’…my one word of advice…water. It is a thirsty creature when confined to a container.

  4. Hoov says:

    Lovely foliage. Saw a full grown chocolate Albizia here in Tucson, and it was quite a beauty.

  5. James Golden says:

    I like the tree. Two years ago I got one, but I still haven’t found a place for it. I need a visitor to come in and tell me where to put it.

  6. Denise says:

    @Jason, I’m so glad I grabbed it. I have Sue to thank for egging me on. There were about four of these albizia at Brita’s nursery and none had been sold in a week. I was sure they’d all be gone.
    @Sue, I owe you for making me see the light.
    @Loree, that doesn’t sound promising. And here I’ve been trying to lighten up with the containers. Oh, well, the price of beauty.
    @Hoov, looking forward to your road trip posts! Glad you got away.
    @James, not an easy thing to keep while deciding where it goes, is it? I’ve been thinking how exciting this winter will be for you in your new garden.

  7. Les says:

    Wow, a picture of cannas with out any canna leafroller damage.

  8. Scott Weber says:

    I know it’s weird, but I just am not a huge Canna fan, in general…but I saw ‘Intrigue’ around town this summer and have to admit I ADORE it! I think it’s that slimness you mentioned…it seems slightly less coarse than other cannas…and that silvery-purple foliage leaves me breathless 😀 Good to know it’s still a bit of a brute…I may have to find a container for one next year 😉

  9. Beautiful foliage and thanks for the id on the A americana. Someone gave this one to me with no id. I think this is it.

  10. Denise says:

    @Les, one of the perks of moving plants mid-summer 😉
    @Scott, it is an elegant canna. Let me know, and I can send a piece.
    @Jenny, what a nice present! I don’t see that agave too often. The one time I saw it for sale at a cactus show I grabbed it.

  11. Scott says:

    That’d be awesome, Denise…but only if you have extra…no pressure 😉

  12. Pam/Digging says:

    Yum! ‘Summer Chocolate’, ‘Golden Rain’, and that striata agave — all so beautiful. Thanks for sharing my anole-agave badge too. Isn’t he a cutie? No fancy camera needed these days for wildlife shots, however. The little point-and-shoots have gotten so good, and that’s what I took that shot with.

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