Spring has definitely sprung here in Austin and though blooms may be foremost for most garden lovers, foliage loveliness deserves a shout-out. Here are my foliage favorites for April.
The summer and fall blooming Gregg’s Mistflower (Conoclinium greggii) sports deeply lobed foliage, giving rise to one of the common names for this hardy ground cover, Palmleaf Mistflower.
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) has beautiful foliage year-round. It’s delicate, fern-like and spreads well (sometimes too well). Yarrow is evergreen, hardy and drought tolerant.
It brightens this shady spot.
A perennial favorite of mine and one I’ve profiled before, Mexican Feathergrass (Nassella tenuisima) is at the zenith of beauty in the spring.
The lone green Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) in my back gardens apparently wasn’t decimated by butterfly larva last year.
With soft, graceful foliage, it’s a wonderful addition to the mixed perennial garden.
Globe Mallow (Spaeralcea ambigua) is such a show-stopper with its combination of orange blooms and arresting, pale gray-green, fuzzy leaves.
I like this combination of Pale-leaf Yucca (Yucca pallida), Heartleaf Skullcap (Scutellaria ovata) and the bright green Autumn Sage (Salvia greggii).
The Pale-leaf Yucca appears blue against the backdrop of the greener Skullcap ground cover and the Autumn Sage’s is a bright green punctuation situated further in that same ground cover.
The Wild Red Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis) not only has beautiful blooms in spring, but interesting foliage year-round.
New growth from a young American Smoke Tree (Cotinus obovatus), promises more beauty as it matures.
Lastly, I can’t resist the photo of the Scarlet Tanager, Piranga olivacea, who has visited my garden this past week as he rests on the green branch of Retama (Parkinsonia aculeata). Plumage and foliage–you can’t beat that!
Thanks to Pam at Digging for hosting Foliage Follow-up for April.