Thursday, May 28, 2015

Follow-Up Foliage

Yesterday I posted lots of blooms from the Michigan garden, even while remarking that we seem to be getting particularly lush foliage this year. Normally leafy things do not get too much attention on this blog because I am too distracted by flowers but maybe I should make an effort to change that. There is a subtler beauty to many leaves and shoots, and something uniquely satisfying about lush new growth.

Giant Japanese butterbur (Petasites japonicus var. gigantea)

Some form of creeping dead nettle (Lamium maculatum cv.)

Japanese painted fern (Athyrium niponicum var. pictum)

Lace-leaf Japanese maple (Acer palmatum dissectum atropurpureum 'Tamukeyama')

Japanese dappled willow (Salix integra ' Hakuro-nishiki')

Bear's breeches (Acanthus hungaricus)

Yucca filamentosa 'Color Guard'

Asian lotus (Nelumbo nucifera) just beginning to grow

Variegated giant reed (Arundo donax 'Variegata')

Japanese blood grass (Imperata cylindrica 'Rubra')

A dwarf bamboo (Pleioblastus viridistriatus 'Chrysophyllus')

It is interesting to note how many of these are Japanese species and garden varieties. The cultivation of ornamental plants for their unusual foliage appears to have enjoyed particular attention in Japanese horticulture. Then again, many plants from northeastern Asia probably also just happen to do well here.


  1. ...really like the Japanese ferns AND maple. Great leaves for a shady area.

    1. Indeed - though unfortunately in that garden there are only a few shady spots moist enough for ferns.

  2. I liked the picture of your Color Guard yucca...I have one that is struggling...I had to transplant it into a safer location....but mine is starting to look like yours, so I guess it is doing the right thing.

    1. My experience with these types of Yuccas is that they can take a while to get going, especially if they are very small or underwent a lot of stress, but are resilient and vigorous once they settle in and reach a certain size.


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