As my gardens awake for spring and with a long growing season ahead, everyday unfolds more color and texture. All winter I’ve enjoyed the arresting combination of the soft, graceful Mexican Feathergrass (Nasella tenuissima) paired with the upright, sharp foliage of Iris (unknown variety).
The foliage of the Engelmann’s Daisy (Engelmannia peristenia), sports the deeply lobed habit which gives this plant another common name, Cutleaf Daisy.
I just love this combination of Mexican Feathergrass (front), Daylilies (just behind), Yarrow (Achillea, sp.)( top right), and Columbine (Aquilegia chrysantha) (back left).
The hue of the foliage isn’t greatly varied, but I like the mix of Yarrow’s lacy foliage paired with the delicate, curling foliage of Daylilies, as they emerge from winter’s sleep, in advance of summer blooms. The slight blue tint and undulating form of the Columbine’s foliage contrasts with the fine, silvery foliage of the Mexican feathergrass.
The scalloped leaves of native-to-Texas Cedar Sage (Salvia roemariana) reminds me of the Geranium foliage.
Cedar Sage also blooms red, later in the spring.
Coral Honeysuckle vine (Lonicera sempervirens) foliage are mauve to burgundy when they first emerge,
and the colorful, ovate leaves hold the developing buds aloft.
I grow Bronze Fennel and Dill primarily host plants for the Black Swallowtail butterfly (it lays its eggs on the plant and the caterpillars eat, eat, eat the plants down).
I’m not above pinching some for my own salad interests, but since there are no butterflies yet, the Fennel and Dill have been beautiful and growing all winter.
Thanks to Pam at Digging for hosting Foliage Follow-up for March.