As The Warm settles in for the duration here in Austin, Texas, interesting and lush foliage positions well alongside flowers in our early summer gardens.
Yes, summer in Texas is hot. But here in Texas reside tough, tough plants that shrug off the heat and the dry and are magnificent to behold. One such is the Retama, Parkinsonia aculeata. Retama is a small, airy tree which grows along highways receiving no care and yet is stunning: in form, bloom and foliage.
The leaves are tiny, delicate and bright green. They form on a long leaf stalk and are paired opposite one another.
The Retama is a Texas beauty. I’m glad it graces my garden.
The pairing of a not-in-bloom Goldeneye, Viguiera dentata and Turk’s Cap, Malvaviscus arboreus, provides lots of lushness.
The Mexican Orchid Tree, Bauhinia mexicana, returned after our cold winter. It hasn’t bloomed yet, but the leaves on this little tree have always reminded me of ungulate hooves.
Really, how often does one have an excuse to use that word?? Ungulate
The American Agave, Agave americana, in the container provides a striking contrast with the Cast Iron Plant, Aspidistra elatior.
If you look closely at the photo, top right, you can see The Husband’s bicycle, wheel a whirl, as he pedals to work. That’s a brave man in Austin’s traffic.
The unfurling of new Agave growth.
The Mexican Feathergrass, Nassella tenuissima, is lovely with the Yarrow, Achillea millefolium, in the background.
Both plants have delicate-looking foliage, but are hardy choices for our challenging soil and climate.
Another look at the Yarrow, a summertime favorite of mine.
I love this shot of the Sparkler Sedge, Carex phyllocephala ‘Sparkler’, behind (and above!) the Uruguayan Firecracker Plant, Dicliptera suberecta.
The spiky, variegated ‘Sparkler’ looms over the soft, gray-green Firecracker Plant–they are opposite in the foliage spectrum, but a nice combination. The Firecracker doesn’t bloom often, though it’s pretty when it happens. I chose this plant primarily for its lovely foliage. The ‘Sparkler’ is relatively new for me and so far, I love it. It was evergreen during the winter and seems like a winner for summer as well.
Thanks to Pam at Digging for hosting this festival of June foliage!