Sunday, January 17, 2010

Foliage Follow Up - January 10

Pam over at Digging has suggested that after we do Carol's GBBD that we follow up with a foliage post. This suits me because here there isn't much blooming at this time of year.  I do have some amazing (to me) plants that have kept their foliage after a hard winter's spell of temps 20 degrees below the normal average for some 3 weeks.  Plus there were several nights that got down to the minus temps.  Without further ado some of my favorites are...

Wichita Blue Juniper that is still a baby but it is holding up and showing its blue hue. Below this grey blue shrub I have some Black lirope planted. They make a pretty combo in the snow.


This Whipchord Arborvitae is quite the conversation starter. It displays its braided chords all year long. It quite looked like 'thing' sticking up through the snow. It is another baby in the garden. I can't wait until it grows into its own.

This bush is a bronze color during winter and when it warms up this spring it will turn a chartruese color.  I sure wish I could find the tag for it.  Of course the camera doesn't capture the color very well in this photo.  It sort of blended into the day.


The Pieris 'Red Head' is green all year long. It is even setting some buds for this early spring.
I had wondered if I could have any foliage plants to show but when I walked around the garden this weekend I found there was quite a few plants with green.

Inside is another story. I have a row of plants just waiting for spring to come around so they can go back outside. Just focusing on the green peeking out here and there makes one feel so much better during this grey time of year.

So if you have some neat foliage to share with us.  Please make a post then pop over to Pam's and leave a comment with your link in it. 

23 comments:

beckie said...

Lisa, I love the foilage. Especially the juniper. She may be small but what great color. To have anything in your garden green after the temps we have had is amazing. I have some parsely that os still green and can't believe it. Thanks for sharing-I will go on over to Pma's to see more.

Cicero Sings said...

Foliage?! Ha! A few fir, the odd spruce, a young pine here and there (the old pine have all gone the way of the pine beetle) ... that constitutes our green in the north countree. Now, here at the coast, that is another story ... but here we have no garden!

Love the blue gray colours of the Juniper and the grass.

Pam/Digging said...

I LOVE your winter foliage stars, Lisa. You know how crazy I am for blue foliage of any kind, plus I covet the black mondo grass. I'm fascinated by your "Thing" plant too. Thanks for participating in Foliage Follow-Up!

Nan Ondra said...

Very cool plants, Lisa, especially that icy blue juniper - wow! Your idea of underplanting it with black mondo grass is brilliant. Thanks for sharing. Happy Foliage Day!

SandyCarlson said...

Your flowers are really beautiful. You find it and share it and it's wonderful.

Mike said...

I have a lot of green in my garden Lisa, but this year I will be adding a bit of colour, the budlia (cant spell lol) did me proud last year bringing in some butterflies so hoping for the same again.
Mike.

shirl said...

Hi there Lisa, ah… seeing foliage is such a treat after so long isn’t it :-D

Love your choices… intrigued by your ‘thing’ plant too. Love this idea of a posting theme. Look forward to seeing more postings throughout the year.

BTW Belated Happy Bloom Day… bring on the bulbs now :-D

fairegarden said...

Hi Lisa, your plants are showing what tough is! That whipcord is amazing, I will have to keep a lookout for it here. The blue and black is a wonderful combo too. Kudos for your foliage, the inside garden is a masterpiece! :-)
Frances

GardenJoy4Me said...

Hey Lisa ! Great minds think alike I have some of your plants girl .. well relatives of some of your plants ? I have Blue Star juniper paired with Black Lace Sambucus for that blue gray against black colour combo ( I need some Black Mondo grass !) .. and I have two pieris (Mountain Fire) one in front and one in back .. now isn't that funny ? ;-)

Roses and Lilacs said...

Your house plants look very happy there on the window sill. Wish I had a nice spot for plants where the kitties couldn't get them.
Marnie

Q said...

Dear Lisa,
It is always amazing to see green after so much white and below zero temperatures. The boxwoods are still wonderfully green.
I enjoyed seeing all of your foliage. Soon, very soon, we will have budding and much green.
The indoor gardens give me a wonderful spirit lift in January and February. I love watching the bulbs grow and flower. This year I brought in two huge lavender zone 10 plants. They are bloming some. I love the smell.
Sherry

Layanee said...

Love all that foliage and the ice blue is cool. I think your mystery plant is Microbiota decussata and it is one of my favorites. Give Luna a scratch for me.

Stapeliad said...

So pretty...I love those orangy red flowers.

HCM!

Annie in Austin said...

Your black liriope looks better than my black Ophiopogon, Lisa - and you can grow Pieris! Cool.

Bet Layanee's right on the Microbiota - had to leave mine behind in IL and now am wondering what happened to it.

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

(word verification is an actual word for once - "remaking" - that's what we'll all be doing to our gardens in 2010!)

Phillip said...

All very nice. I especially like the arborvitae. It is very interesting.

troutbirder said...

It's hard to think of things blooming at this time of the year. Yet there is always color and beauty if you take the time to look for it. Thanks for the reminder.

Nan said...

Foliage, hahaha! Fluffy, white stuff, though! Lisa, do you know what's up with this blog?

http://katesmudges.typepad.com/

Nothing for months. Did she begin a new blog, or just give up blogging??

Rose said...

I like the blue-gray hues of the first two photos, Lisa. And the whipcord aborvitae is really striking! I'm afraid I didn't participate this month in the foliage follow-up--most of my foliage is a brown mush right now:)

yoon see said...

Love the texture and pattern that these foilages got to offer us.
It's a great way to destress and stay young with a lot of greens in mind!

Ms. Wis./Each Little World said...

I have been mulling over getting that whipcord; it looks great in your garden. And the fog pictures are wonderful. It's back to cold here but it was fun while it lasted and nice to have a few warmer days.

Hmmm ... my word verification is ganstra!

Kylee from Our Little Acre said...

Ooooh, that Whipcord Arborvitae is to die for! Also the black liriope - wonder if that is hardy here? You're in a zone warmer and of course, I always wish we were in a solid 6. (They say we're in 6 in those new zonings, but I don't think so.)

Monica the Garden Faerie said...

My pieris looks really much more sad--kind of reddish green foliage and the buds are darker and hanging... hope it is alright in spring because it's one of the few things I paid real money for! ;-) I've been meaning to tell you, it turns out my friend Mary Helen (the one who works for Charlie, your bil, at umtri) has the exact same gargoyle as you do!! :) (Um, I just knew you couldn't go on not knowing that, LOL!)

Monica the Garden Faerie said...

Hi Lisa, I swore I had left a comment just a minute ago, but I don't see it... so apologies if this is a repetition. Your pieris looks SO much healthier than mine... mine is more reddish brownish green then green and the buds look coldly droopy. :( It better bloom in spring because I actually paid real money for that last spring!! Also, I've been meaning to tell you, my friend Mary Helen (who happens to work for Charlie at umtri) has the exact same gargoyle as you!! :)