I only remembered that it was Garden Blogger’s Foliage Day when I read Christina’s latest post, so I am slightly late to the party, but it is actually a really good way to introduce you to some of the plants I have been lucky enough to inherit in the back garden.
I’ve never had viburnam before, but there is a large one growing in the bed that runs down the side of the garage, leading to the back garden. I really like the texture and shape of the leaves – and the bonus of the fragrance. This is a large plant, that has obviously been pruned hard back before and responded well. It is in the wrong place, so I am very much hoping I can move it successfully.
I know that ophiophogon tends to divide opinion – personally, I really like it, and having discovered lots being choked by ivy, I plan to gather it into a dramatic clump somewhere.
Moving in to the back garden proper, there is a lovely purple beech. It has been hard pruned to keep it within bounds, but seems to have kept a good shape, so perhaps I can leave it in situ. Mind you, it is being somewhat overwhelmed by what I think is Olearia macrodonta. Wonderful leaves, and was clearly smothered in flowers earlier in the summer.
Moving on round, we have what I have christened “acanthus corner”. It’s not actually a corner at all, but I never did claim to be particularly logical! It is my favourite area of the back garden at the moment, providing lots of good evergreen screening – and shelter – with a great mix of colour and texture. The Pittosporum ‘Silver Queen’ is a little crowded out, but some pruning of the surrounding shrubs will sort that out.
I love the architectural quality of Acanthus mollis, which is just as well, given how hard it is to dig up!
I have no idea what this shrub is, and I have two of them, so any help welcome, but I really like the gently wavy edges to the leaves. Update: Miriam kindly identified this for me as Griselinia littoralis.
A lot of the plants in the back garden have interesting leaf shape and/or coloured stems. This is a case in point – I think it is a Portuguese Laurel, Prunus lusitanica. But apparently I am wrong – again, thanks to Miriam, I now know this is Drimys lanceolata.
And I have an acer! Not only that, it is exactly the same acer, acer palmatum ‘Dissectum Atroprpureum’. Not only that, but this garden has the same orientation (south facing) as my old garden, and the acer is planted in the same relative position, the back right corner. Spooky…
I wish I knew more about the man who gardened here so passionately before me, because I think he must have been almost as obsessed with purple foliage plants as I am, and he clearly liked bamboo too.
However, there is one plant, that I have wanted for years and never found room for, that when I saw it growing in the back garden made me literally squeak with excitement. Embarrassing, but true.
I have inherited a rather magnificent, mature Sambucus nigra. It is growing in the border that backs on to the playing fields, and is set against the plain white walls of the snooker hall, which is rather fortunate.
The border ends with a misshapen mahonia that I will try moving and pruning hard back, yet another purple leaved shrub, this time a berberis, and a mature ivy growing over the remnants of a long-gone shrub and a somewhat shaky wooden obelisk.
Happy Garden Blogger’s Foliage Day, and don’t forget to check out Christina’s blog for links to other posts about all things leafy.