Sunday, May 16, 2010

Foliage Follow Up - May 2010




I was looking out my office window and it seemed that the ferns were waving trying to get my attention to remind me to make a foliage follow up post. Our host for this meme is Pam at Digging


Since my garden has so much shade I rely on lots of shade loving plants.  I don't want you to be shocked at all the hostas in my garden. I love their structure and they aren't the least bit demanding so they are sprinkled librally around my garden.
Walking some of the pathways you will see other plants of course.
If you keep seeing arbors and wonder if you have been that way before...
you can always take a seat under the apple tree and just wonder about all those hostas.
If you look closely you will see other plants. Daylilies are such charmers to me. They don't mind some shade. They do like to wait until it gets hot to show off their blooms though.
I also have quite a few ferns.
I am quite like Kim when she said that this spring she planted some things before other sprouted and they are too close together. However I can't claim it as a rookie mistake. I must say it is impatience that causes me to do something like this. I knew there was a hosta there but the Cigmafuga needed a home and I knew the colors of the leaves would look good together. Well, I am going to leave this dark cigmafuga and see how it fares with this hosta shading its roots.
You can click on any of these photos to enlarge them so you can see that I do have something other than hostas in the garden. Don't be surprised at what might pop up in the foliage though.

28 comments:

  1. Yay--I'm not the only one who moves things too close together, inadvertently or on purpose! lol. I think that cimicifuga will look amazing with the hosta as a background... and I really like the white beauty that brightens up the shady garden in that last photo, too. :)

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  2. I can't believe all you have up! My hellabores are up and blooming at least ... oh, and the garlic

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  3. All the beautiful foliage creates many serene nooks under the trees in your garden. Those fat Hosta leaves make a lush background for your columbines. I also like your two archways that create entrances to the next area of your garden. That stone bench looks like a great place to view the tall Polygonatum. My solomon's seal have been filling in, but are not that tall or thick yet.

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  4. Luna's white coat plays nicely with the variegated leaves in that shady bed. Nice planting job! ;-)

    I love hostas and wish they would grow well for us hot-climate gardeners. I do have one leftover from previous owners, but it's tiny and strangely placed at the back of a bed, so I never notice it.

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  5. Looking lush and lovely at Greenbow! I planted a Heuchera literally on top of a fern this spring and did not realize it until the fern started to come up and push the Heuchera over. Maybe I need to start putting in plant tags!

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  6. I also plant too close together and obsess about it... and then I go to botanic gardens where everything is cram jammed together in vast borders of tightly packed trees, shrubs and perennials. How do they do that?

    I love the light in that last photo, highlighting the white face in the foliage!

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  7. You have a lovely dog blooming there amongst the greenery:)

    I was pretty amazed at how many hostas I have too. They are pretty low maintenance, which I love, and very attractive.
    Manrie

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  8. Dear Lisa,
    Hosta are a main stay in many of my shade spots too. It seems my gardens have gone from shade to sun, when I lose a tree, and back to shade when the next tree grows up a bit...the joy of old gardens.
    I often wait to plant since I have no idea what is in the ground...some things return and others do not. I plant spring flowering bulbs in the spring rather than the fall just for that reason.
    Loved walking in your garden with you and Luna.
    Thank you.
    Sherry

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  9. I have a very similar combo of Actea/Cimicifuga and green & chartreuse Hosta (you have excellent taste!), it might even be the same Hosta cultivar. Is that 'Krossa Regal' in front of that gorgeous urn?
    I love Luna's expression. I got very good at reading dogs when I had two of them. Her fur is the perfect complement to the variegated Polyganatum.

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  10. Lol, I love hostas, too, Lisa, but Luna is the best-looking bloom of all:) What are the plants to the left in the 5th photo? I've been staring at them and trying to figure out what they were.

    I have been guilty of planting things too close together, too. I thought I had lost the only tiarella I had till I realized I had planted a hellebore right through it!

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  11. Your garden is so full and lush! Mine is just beginning to fill out. I love hostas too, but mine aren't as old as yours, so not as big. I really like your ferns. I have a variety in my garden as well. Just beautiful!

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  12. That spot under the apple tree looks ideal for a relaxing break with a good book. Everything is so lush and lovely. :)

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  13. Beautiful green sanctuary! I want to plant some ferns here when the house painter is through!

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  14. Lisa girl : ) I love your garden and heck ! hosta are such great plants I have them every where I can .. and the ferns .. well you have seen what a fern can do over at my place right ;-) I am a fan of arbors too .. I would have them every where .. and that thing about being in a rush to plant other plants next to existing plants ? BIG YUP !.. I keep doing that one too .. no worries, it is all GOOD !

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  15. Your garden looks so charming. I love hostas but they don't love my garden, so I always enjoy seeing them elsewhere.

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  16. Thank you Lisa for dropping by always, I was a bit lazy this afternoon.
    I really enjoy your garden tour.
    Luna is always there to make me laugh!

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  17. There is very little breathing space in my garden~The poor dears have to be assertive to be seen. Luna is looking lovely today. gail

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  18. Oh my word Lisa!That photo with your white prince is stunning!You should use it as a header image!!
    Frame that one for sure!!!
    Your garden is so lush with all the ferns and hostas filling in!I think many a gardener plants before others have sprouted..I did just that and now my hostas tower over the plants..I suppose we are anxious to fill in the bare spots.Love your shade garden!
    P.S.I have a corner in my garden that is shaded and struggle to acquire the color I want with shade loving plants.

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  19. Sorry Luna for calling you a white prince...umm..~white princess~

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  20. You can never have too many hostas IMO. Your garden is looking good and yes,I was a bit surprised to see what popped out of the foliage, but it's a nice surprise. :-)

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  21. I love all your hostas. The deer eat mine out front and the dog digs them up out back! Guess Luna must be much better behaved than Dakota! She looks so sweet sitting there.

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  22. Your garden is perfect, Lisa, with the hostas and ferns, arbors and places to rest a bit, and of course the most wonderful garden ornament, Luna. I envy your shade, actually, for the prettiest plantings in England were in shade gardens. :-)
    Frances

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  23. I am so jealous of you people who have some shade!

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  24. When I read what you said about being impatient and planting things too closely, I totally understand. I did the same thing this year. Now, things are bit too close.~~Dee

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  25. Your white accent is very cute, but his expression looks like he feels that he is doing something not good! It seems he knows he shouldn't be there. hehe. I love your foliage plants thought we dont have most of them here in the tropics.

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  26. Your garden looks very inviting and peaceful, Lisa. I'm glad to see Luna agrees.

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  27. Hi Lisa, your garden looks so lovely!! I must warn you, that Cimicifuga will get HUGE over the years. Mine is about 6 feet tall and about 4 feet wide. But it shouldn't bother the hosta--it's tower over it and provide shade. :) (I understand being impatient.)

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  28. I love your garden, and I love the way the snow-white model sets off the greens so nicely!

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