Garden Bloggers’ Foliage Day always sneaks up on me, it hits exactly at that point of the month where I start wondering where the month went and start panicking over the thoughts of yet another turn of the calendar page. But I get over that pretty fast and although my posts are frequently late, Christina at Creating my own Garden of the Hesperides is always understanding, and so this month when she suggested that in spite of my tardiness I might still be able to sneak in even more tropical garden photos, I of course jumped at the idea. The tropical plants really keep the garden fresh at this time of year, and their bold foliage looks big and unblemished and makes an excellent contrast to the seedheads and dying foliage of much of the rest of the garden.
So this post was just going to be a pat on the back for foliage in the tropical garden, but then just like Christina suggests I started looking a little closer at how much foliage brings to the table as far as the overall garden picture…. but before that one more canna…
So the canna foliage was a no-brainer, but there’s something else brewing in the tropics. The Kochia continues to ignite as the season winds down. Not exactly a contrast, this plant is starting to take center stage as an eye-jarring punch of color. It was a lacy pale green all summer but now as it goes to seed the magenta capsules turn color and are soon followed by red tints in the foliage.
A few tropical ‘fakers’ are also in the mix. An unknown fig which defied all my neglect and poor caretaking just put out a nice new flush of large, lobed, leaves. No figs of course, but the large leaves balance out all the seediness around them.
Besides the tropical ‘fakers’ there are also a few actual tropicals which end up outside of their main bed. I have a habit of sticking cuttings in here and there and every now and then they take off to good effect. Coleus are one of the easiest to just stick in here and there.
I could probably put together a post made up entirely of bits and pieces which were stuck in around the garden, but as usual I’m going on to long. Lets wrap it up with more coleus up on the deck.
Other foliage on the deck includes my pet spikes. They’re a great accent and just plain old cool looking as they keep getting bigger. Some day they’ll wear out their welcome as far as being dragged indoors, but this winter they’re still A-list.
Rosemary is also one of our must-haves for the deck. It’s scented, always looks neat, and gets used quite a bit by our chef.
Finally as temperatures cool, the back porch becomes a perfect spot to soak up the last rays of the day. The temperatures out back are comfortable this time of year and the low autumn light backlights the grasses and summer foliage.
So I’m glad Christina convinced me to take a look around this month and keep an eye out for foliage. It’s easy to forget how important it is to the garden’s overall presence, and paying attention is even more important when you’re so distracted by this and that flower coming into bloom and then fading away. If I might suggest, why not give Christina a visit and see what else has come up this foliage day, with gardeners from across the globe checking in it’s always a nice time.