Digging hosts Foliage Follow-up on the sixteenth of every month so that the foliar aspects of our garden have their chance to shine. For this posting, I decided to concentrate on some of the more recent additions to my garden.
Planted last fall, this will be the first spring for the Oakleaf Hydrangea 'Alice' (Hydrangea quercifolia 'Alice'). It never completely lost all of its leaves, but is certainly putting out plenty of new growth.
Crimson Queen Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum var. dissectum 'Crimson Queen') is the first Maple I have ever tried planting directly into the ground. Its unfolding red leaves are very nice; I hope it establishes itself.
When purchased, this Manfreda didn't have a species name. It died back completely in winter, but is now emerging with nicely spotted foliage. Suspect it might be a Rattlesnake Agave (Manfreda maculosa), but I think it may grow a little larger than is the norm for that variety (if anyone can identify, please let me know).
The foliage of the Coral Bells 'Caramel' (Heuchera villosa 'Caramel') has a wide range of shades - from green to red. The new growth has the redder colors whereas the older leaves stay green. Very impressive coloration.
Have always enjoyed the strongly-patterned initial leaf coloration of the Lyreleaf Sage (Salvia lyrata). It eventually tends to fade back towards a solid green, but that first production of leaves is very nice.
With a diminutive bloom at its center, the Red Billbergia's (Billbergia sp. 'Red') foliage is the primary reason to add it to one's garden.
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