Yesterday...I was hard pressed to find any blooms
in my garden.
But today, on this damp and dreary winter day, I was happy to at least find some interesting foliage.
I looked for characteristics in the leaves that made them just a little more special and worthy of a post.
Here's what caught my attention today.
Need an evergreen shrub for an area that gets zero sun?
'Gold Dust' Aucuba will fit the bill.
The speckled foliage will brighten up a dark spot in your garden.
This is a fairly large shrub, about
4 feet wide and 4 to 6 feet tall.
Leopard Plant (ligularia or farfugium) is spot on when you need a hosta replacement that won't be lunch for the slugs and snails.
Ligularia forms a mounded clump about 2 feet wide and 1 foot tall.
I just loved the way the water droplets looked on the nandinas and columbine today.
This is 'Harbor Dwarf' Nandina.
Only grows about 1 to 1 1/2 feet tall.
'Harbor Dwarf' spreads slowly.
As with all nandinas, if you need to prune it, cut the tallest canes to the ground in late winter.
The 'Texas Gold' Columbine is starting to revive after going semi-dormant in our summer heat. Beautiful yellow spring blooms are on the way!
This is 'Nana' Nandina.
It looks similar to 'Fire Power' as well.
Both are shorter varieties, staying about 2 to 2 1/2 feet tall, with great maroon winter color.
To see more interesting foliage from gardeners around the world, visit Pam at Digging for this month's Foliage Follow-up
Until next time,
I hope your foliage catches your attention...