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Dynamic Foliage Plants 1


These sunflowers were already towering over my head in late June. (Okay, they’re in a raised bed–but they would have been over my head even growing in the ground.) They’re volunteers in a friend’s garden, so they got an early start.

Flowers are usually the stars of the garden show–and they get a lot of star treatment on this blog.

But flowers are a fleeting thing. It’s the leaves that make flowers possible. And it’s the leaves that last through the season.

So for a couple of posts, I’m going to focus on a few kinds of foliage I particularly like, in garden and wild plants.


Digitalis purpurea (common foxglove) has beautiful foliage which is rarely noticed, because the flowers are so spectacular. In fact, by the time the flowers come along, the foliage has gotten kind of scant and chewed-looking. (Maybe this doesn’t happen in more well-regulated gardens, but it does in mine.) These emerging rosettes always look as if they’re thrusting their way out.

I always think I’ve lost my daturas, because the leaves don’t emerge until May. When they do, it’s cause for celebration, because I’m inordinately fond of daturas.


Of course I relish the beautiful flowers later in the season, but even the old, chewed-on leaves are a treat to the eye (I have this one as my computer desktop right now).


Next post: foliage from wild plants.

{ 4 comments… add one }

  • Perennialgardenlover July 15, 2008, 8:25 am

    Lovely green foliage. I agree, the foliage doesn’t get enough billing in the garden. Don’t get me wrong, I love a pretty flower, but they fade quickly.

  • Pomona Belvedere July 15, 2008, 8:45 am

    Yes, I feel the same way. Glad to hear I’m not the only one!

  • Patsi September 19, 2008, 1:21 am

    I’m trying to figure out how to say how beautiful your photos are but mostly I’m impressed in the way you write. I admire your talent and my words can not express how pleasing your blog is to me.
    I’ve learned to appreciate the beauty in all the different shades,shapes and textures of green in the garden since I have mostly all shade. I’m so glad you found my blog so I can now visit you.


  • Pomona Belvedere September 22, 2008, 2:13 pm

    Patsi, many thanks, it’s really nice to know people like what I’m putting out there. I love flowers but I’m feeling very drawn to foliage lately, you’re right about all the textures and shades and shapes. If you haven’t already been, you might want to check out Northern Shade’s blog, an inspiring shade gardener.

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