It was a tad windy here yesterday.
The tail end of Hurricane Gonzalo swept through, bringing impressively wild weather. I was very happy that we didn’t have a boat in the harbour – or on the beach – and delighted that I had taken photos of some of the autumn leaves in the front garden. There aren’t be many leaves left now! So here is a peak at the lovely autumn foliage of the Witch Hazel in the front garden – before the gales…
But it is Garden Bloggers’ Foliage Day, kindly hosted by Christina, and I want to celebrate the wonderful foliage of my newest acquisitions. I blame Kate for these, in that I was meeting her to talk about a website and we just happened (!) to meet at Fron Goch, which just happens to be a rather splendid garden center. There were many wonderful plants, and I had a fern and a heuchera on my list to get anyway. I chose the rather lovely deep purple-black ‘Obsidion’ heuchera, seen here setting off the bright green fronds of a Osmunda regalis fern.
The glistening near-black leaves of the heuchera are a perfect foil for the Heuchera ‘Venus’ I bought at Bluebell Cottage Nursery a couple of months ago.
I stupidly planted an honesty plant in the middle, but I want to swap it with the heuchera to make the most of the contrast in colour between the two heucheras and the Geranium phaeum that Cathy kindly sent me.
The fern has been planted by the tree stump in the back corner of the Park border, but I haven’t managed to take a decent photo of it. It should grow to over a meter (3′) and the pale foliage should pick up the colour of the bright green Griselinia and make a good contrast to the yellow stemmed dogwood. I am looking forward to planting more ferns in that corner, but I want to do some research, and another soil ph test, as I am continually drawn to the acid-loving ferns I know from my previous garden, wherease here I have at best neutral and often positively alkaline soil.
So far so deliciously good, but the real star buy was the Nandina domestica ‘Terracotta’. I had actually pounced on a rather pretty – and bargain price – acer, but I kept being drawn to the so-called ‘Heavenly Bamboo’, and Kate helped me decide to plump for it instead, as even I couldn’t persuade myself I had room for both…
Who could resist such beautiful leaves?! I just hope it continues to colour well for me in the Autumn, despite it being rather milder here. But honestly, I have wanted a nandina for ages, they are such pretty plants, with delicate foliage, great autumn colour, pretty flowers, and then berries. And evergreen! A real all-season plant, and ideal for giving a dose of evergreen interest in the Park border, amongst the deciduous trees and shrubs.
I think I may need to get another ‘Obsidian’, to plant near the nandina, because just look at this contrast:
Here is the nandina in its new home in the Park border. I can see it from the study window, singing out alongside the yellow stemmed dogwood. I am pleased to plant next to the mahonia, not just because it goes well with the golden yellow flowers, but because the leaf contrast works really well. I hadn’t realised the two were related.
I’ll finish with a slideshow of leaves – and a few flowers – many taken before the gales ripped the leaves off the plants. Do check out the links on Christina’s blog post to other foliage celebrations!