Garden Bloggers Foliage Day – March 2012

This post follows hot on the heels of last week  Foliage and Raindrops.  Why?  Well, Christina at Hesperides Garden invited me to join in her meme on the 22nd of each month, called Garden Bloggers Foliage Day.    It has taken a little bit of thinking about, my first thought was that it was very soon after “Foliage and Raindrops” and then I realised I had very few photos to upload.

I had a small amount of time this morning before leaving the house at 7:40 so took my camera out to capture foliage.  When I looked around I thought what little there was in the garden in the form of foliage.

I have ACANTHUS or BEARS BREECHES –  a fabulous architectural plant, but also an absolute nightmare when you decide you don’t want it taking over the garden.   In the late summer is produces tall spikes with white and purple flowers and then the seed pods explode and scatter, this means that there are bits of it coming up all over the place.   This is exacerbated by roots send out runners, so when you pull the plant up if there is the smallest piece of root left behind, hey presto, more Acanthus the next year.  It also regularly gets mildew in the Summer.   All that said, I do like to have some of it filling the gaps.

There are  lots of shrubs and plants in the garden but they all flower at their respective times, therefore, strictly speaking they are not counted as foliage, or are they?  This got me thinking and as usual I turned to Google for the true definition.

fo·li·age  (fl-j, flj)



a. Plant leaves, especially tree leaves, considered as a group.
b. A cluster of leaves.
2. An ornamental representation of leaves, stems, and flowers, especially in architecture.
According to that description, flowers do count,  or does it mean that the foliage i.e. leaves and stems (foliage) together with flowers make an ornamental representation.  I think it is open to interpretation, but maybe I am just confusing matters.

Wandering around the garden early this morning , I added FERNS to my list.   I never think to add them to flower arrangements but perhaps I should try and remember this year, especially the evergreen Cyrtomium Fortunia, which appears to have doubled in size over the Winter.

 With my eye firmly on the clock and conscious I had a train to catch, my last photo was of a very poorly looking CAREX, I can’t remember what it is called but in the Summer it is usually a lovely blue/grey grass.  It desperately needs all the old grass removed and possibly a re-potting.
Having thought that I had very little actual foliage, the more I thought about it the more I realised that I do have a good selection, it is just that it is all still waiting to burst its way through the soil, they include:
  • Hosta 
  • Brunnera
  • Fennel
  • Euphorbia
  • Pulmonaria
  • Heuchera
  • Lavender

All of which will be visible for the next GBFD on 22 April, also the evenings will be lighter making it more conducive to photographing the garden after work.    Thank you Christina for your invitation and I hope that next month I can do better justice to your meme.


  1. Hi, thank you for joinig in GBFD this month, a very thoughtful post. I include plants that also flower but add foliage interest when not in flower; for me this is the essence of a good garden. Plants semdom bloom for months on end but there foliage is ever present. I too have Acanthus, it seeds everywhere here too, but its performance is very different – it is evergreen throughout autumn and winter then flowers in early summer, dies back completely in mid summer to reappear in September or October. Christina


  2. My foliage is just in its infancy…lots of colorful blooms right now and we are headed for a cool down next week…I think I will enjoy it…will be showing foliage on Monday and joining in a bit late…love all your green!


  3. Hi Ronnie,

    I’m surprised you don’t have your Pulmonaria, Brunnera or Heuchera yet… I have all of them, and can see the Hosta leaves ready and waiting to emerge.
    However, your photos are lovely and I think I have the same blue/green grass, although mine aren’t doing so well, so I don’t often photograph them!

    Looking forward to next month’s meme! 😀


  4. I believe grwoing beautiful plants fortheir foliage is an art form in itself. So many different colours and shapes all blending together can look far more stunning than flowers. I used to love ornamental grasses. I don’t grow them here, but we do have the most amazing foliage on succulents…does that count?


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