This is my first foray into joining Christina at My Hesperides Garden for Garden Bloggers’ Foliage Day, where she invites us to appreciate the best foliage our garden offers at the moment. Texture, shape and color!
Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis)
Morning glory (Ipomoea purpurea ‘Grandpa Ott’)
Ligularia ‘The Rocket’
Blue Morning Glory (Ipomoea hederacea)
Carolina Lupine (Thermopsis caroliniana)
Spider Flower (Cleome hassleriana)
Variegated round and grassy, and ferny:
Nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus) ‘Alaska’
Japanese Forest Grass (Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’)
Color and texture:
Lamb’s Ears (Stachys byzantina)
Shiso (Perilla frutescens)
Coral Bells (Heuchera ‘Cherry Cola’
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What an extraordinary colour the shiso is, a real treasure. I’ve not seen one before. Thanks you sharing your foliage with us Eliza. It’s always lovely when someone new joins us.
Thank you, Christina. It was fun.
Wow! None of these plant grow around here… Or at least I’ve never seen them
No, your region is too warm and arid for these plants. I live in a more temperate climate, with wicked winters. 😉
Beautiful photos, I have to say with the drought here even the foliage is looking somewhat sad, some rain a week ago, briefly cheered things up a little, but it is still not really photo worthy!
Thank you, Susan. I expect the rains will come soon!
What a fantastic idea. One of the things I always love about wandering through our patch of native Scrub, and which we’ve tried to recreate in our own native garden at home as a reflection of the Scrub, is the diversity of foliage — shape and colour and texture — that you find in native South Australian bushland. To me it’s one of the things that makes it so beautiful, even though we live in an essentially arid, coastal climate with little rainfall, meaning that plants must be tough to survive. Very different from your (very lovely) foliage, that’s for sure!
Texture and variation in foliage is often overlooked. They can really be beautiful in their own right. I expect you have many lovely natives that would be nice in a garden setting.
I never really think much about leaves, but you’re right. They are very varied and pretty. 🙂
When there aren’t any flowers in season, foliage holds down the fort. 🙂
That’s true. It gives us something nice to look at. 🙂
Wonderful post. I love the variety of shapes and colours.
Thank you, Belinda. Variety is the spice of life! 😉
Ah, I gave a sigh of pure pleasure looking at your photos. Yes, foliage!
Thank you so much, Lisa!
So many shapes beauty has.
Yes, indeed. Thanks, Brenda!
I love the color on that Ligularia!
Isn’t that fun? The rest of it will turn yellow for a nice contrast. I’m slowly warming to the idea of autumn, not fully embracing it yet, however! 😉
Lovely shapes and textures!
Thank you, Fi!
What a lovely post – you have a marvelous range of forms, colors, and textures! The perilla is gorgeous 🙂 As are the morning glories, which I still shy away from as they were fairly invasive in my earlier garden. But yours are simply beautiful…
Thank you! While both the perilla and ipomoea self-sow readily, I’ve found them easy to weed out in the spring. So far none have escaped the compost pile, but my winters are fairly cold, so that might account for the lack of progress.
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Lovely variety of shape, form, colour and texture.
Thank you, Chloris.
Love your blog – a woman close to my heart – I just love plants and flowers
Thank you kindly, Diana. Always glad to share with a kindred spirit. 🙂
My favorite are the colored and textured leaves, Eliza. Beautiful gallery of photos! Your Love for what you do clearly shines through. ❤
Thank you so much, Amy! 🙂
You are welcome!! 🙂
The colors are beautiful. I just love fall colors too . Your pictures are so beautiful 🍁🍂
Thank you very much!
Your very welcome. Looking forward to reading more stuff of yours. I enjoyed it .
Great images Eliza. I love ornamental foliage gardens. Here we have plenty go them!
Thank you, Maria. Tropical foliage is outstanding. I often wonder what I would create if I gardened in the tropics. 🙂
I hereby admit: I am not a fan of foliage. If it doesn’t flower, I just don’t appreciate a plant that much. But these are pretty!
Thank you, Sarah. Not even colored foliage like coleus? Almost as bright as a flower and longer lasting. 🙂
I don’t know – I think it’s something about knowing it’s just a leaf that makes me dislike it (probably why I go, ‘just a leaf’). I do sometimes like a giant leaf, but that’s because it’s showy.
Happy belated foliage day! Great post … I like the contrast between the leaf and background in the first image! We are experiencing fall here and will be getting out every chance I get!
Thanks, Denise. Autumn in the mountains is so pretty! Can’t wait to see your aspen shots.
So many lovely leaves Eliza
Thank you, Dorris. My spring garden has the best foliage, but there is plenty around the rest of the year.
A feast for the eyes. I enjoy photographing different shaped leaves in different light or when wet – the pictures provide a very different perspective of my garden. I have really enjoyed looking at your pictures.
Thank you very much, Anne!
Like the opportunities of the painter’s box!
This will be a lot of what we’re seeing when fall comes our way soon ~ It’s so humid here right now, Eliza, and I miss my walks!!
All too soon! I’m in no hurry for fall. A cool front is sweeping the humidity away right now and we’re supposed to have a taste of Sept. for the next few days. Good for working in the garden. 😉 I hope your temps improve soon as well.