consider the leaves

We have Pam at Digging to thank for hosting this monthly celebration of foliage. This month I’m focusing on some of the leaves that impressed me during recent garden travels as well as examples from the back pages of AGO. If July is exposing bare earth in the garden, that’s a pretty good sign to give some enduring foliage a little more consideration.

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Hostas and perilla in a Long Island, NY garden

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Boxwood and Japanese forest grass, hakonechloa, enclose an empty pot in a Long Island, NY garden

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Sasa veitchii against a low fence of rough-cut logs at Longhouse Reserve, Long Island, NY

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The golden creeping jenny, Lysimachia nummularia, in a container contest at Longhouse Reserve

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Bromeliads in the conservatory at Planting Fields Arboretum

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Conservatory of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California

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Conservatory of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California

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The parterre at the home garden of the owners of Landcraft Environments, Long Island, NY

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A row of succulent-filled urns at Landcraft, Long Island, NY

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Containers filled with Oxalis vulcanicola and succulents, garden designer Rebecca Sweet’s Bay Area garden

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Dudleyas in a container in the Bay Area Testa-Vought garden designed by Bernard Trainor

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Aloe striatula, reddish trunks of Arbutus ‘Marina’ behind a low wall in the Testa-Vought garden.

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Dark-leaved ginger, Zingiber malaysianum, garden designer Dustin Gimbel’s home, Long Beach, California

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Weeping Acacia pendula, Dustin Gimbel’s garden

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Palms underplanted with mounds of mattress vine, Muehlenbeckia axillaris, Huntington Botanical Garden

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Los Gatos, California garden designed by Jarrod Baumann

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Los Gatos, California garden designed by Jarrod Baumann


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12 Responses to consider the leaves

  1. Scott Weber says:

    I had no idea Perilla would grow in so much shade…good to know!

  2. Hoov says:

    The heck with foliage, that serpentine wall just slays me. Want! Want!

  3. Pam/Digging says:

    Ooh, that line of succulent-filled urns — swoon! Also, I missed the little seashell planter at Rebecca’s. Well, all your pics are lovely examples of foliage done right. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Sue says:

    Perilla has begun forming forests in parts of my garden. Nice forests though.

    You get the prize for the most well traveled foliage photog this month!

  5. Denise says:

    @Scott, see Sue’s comment. I didn’t know either.
    @Hoov, that’s some rockwork, huh?
    @Pam, that was a really spectacular lead in to their “tiki hut.” I took very few photos of this garden. Too busy absorbing.
    @Sue, I figured. I remember pointing this out to you and your less than bowled over reaction. I never see perilla local.

  6. I spotted Zingiber malaysianum in a container at the Miller Garden in Seattle yesterday, simply gorgeous! Dustin’s garden is going on my short list of places I hope to visit someday.

  7. Pauline says:

    Your photos show that you don’t need flowers to make a garden interesting, there is so much contrasting foliage to play with. Your first photo is stunning, so cool, calm and I would like to sit beside it!

  8. Serious foliage variety here, but the container contest of planted boxes is my favorite, since it’s so unusual and has a feel of motion. I like all the fodder you got from photos of your travels…I must do that.

  9. Heather says:

    Oh my goodness, that undulating stone wall is amazing! I love the dusky agaves filling it too.

  10. Kris P says:

    Beautiful images – and a demonstration that massed plantings and repetition goes a long way to add bang to foliage compositions. I love the 2 compositions by Jarrod Bauman.

  11. Oh my!!!! how wonderful. Love your shots from Landcraft. So different from views I took. Love seeing things through someone else’s lens. Really love that dark ginger and the undulating wall. Marvelous!

  12. Denise says:

    @Loree, he really has a gem of a garden, with new details to see every time I go.
    @Pauline, so true. Perilla perishes for me!
    @David, that was a favorite of the group I traveled with too. There was an unfortunate entry with dolls’ heads…that’s all I’ll say about that.
    @Heather, for more of that great wall, there is a little movie on this garden here: http://agrowingobsession.com/?p=9823
    @Kris, it really does, and I’m trying hard to remember to “drift.”
    @Deanne, I’ll ask Dustin where he nabbed that ginger when I see him next.

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