My gardens are slowing down in preparation for winter, but haven’t experience the frosty nip that was promised earlier in the week. Thank goodness! I’m not quite ready to give in to the dark season. Not Just Yet.
Focusing on mid-November foliage, I’m joining with Pam at Digging for Foliage Follow-Up.
In one corner of my garden with dappled light most of the day and some direct sun off and on, are a couple of favorite foliage vignettes. One such is of Iris straps, Blue Mistflower, Conoclinium coelestinum, and cobalt-blue containerized succulent Ghost Plant, Graptopetalum paraguayense.
Planted alongside that mix are several Dianella or Variegated Flax Lily, Dianella tasmanica ‘Variegata’.
I love the wide, grass-like foliage of Dianella with its snazzy white stripes down the sides.
When a freeze was predicted this week, I covered the Dianella, though my concerns were unwarranted. Last winter, I covered all of my Dianella each time the temperature sank into the ’20s, especially for extended periods. They soldiered through winter like the garden champs they are and thrived in our long, hot summer. Dianella nicely combine with Iris and Soft-leaf Yucca straps,
…as well as with these snuggly Love-Critters.
Ghost Plant is unkillable: it goes for months without water, isn’t fazed by freezes (or at least mine haven’t been), can re-grow if a stem is broken.
My kinda plant.
Maiden Grass, Miscanthus sinensis ‘Adagio’ is in its glory now.
The beautiful seed heads reflect the sun as it briefly peeked through our mostly cloudy week.
Toasty-seeded Inland Sea Oats, Chasmanthium latifolium and the green swath of Cast Iron Plant, Aspidistra elatior are a striking pair.
Added to this scene is Purple Heart, Setcreasea pallida, which dramatizes that story a bit.
Big Muhly, Muhlenbergia lindheimeri and Soft-leaf Yucca, Yucca recurvifolia are cool weather troopers.
Graceful while also lending structure to the garden, these two are beautiful companions throughout the year, hot or cold.
I took this photo of evergreen Yarrow, Achillea millefolium and Chile Pequin, Capsicum annuum var. glabriusculum, just before what was supposed to be a freezing night. I figured the fruits wouldn’t survive the plunging temperatures and wanted to record them for posterity.
I’m happy to report that the fruits are still available for dining by interested birds.
I love the twisty-curvy foliage of Corkscrew Rush, Juncus effusus spiralis, silhouetted over a pair of Mexican Feathergrass, Nassella tenuissima.
Finally, the leaf change is beginning on my Red Oak, Quercus coccinea.
Here in Central Texas, our tree foliage color change occurs later than that of our northern kin, but beautiful and appropriate for our climate and region. There will be more of this in the weeks to come.
Digging hosts Foliage Follow-Up–drop in for a look at November foliage fanfare.