We’ve received a little rain here in Austin, Texas and so continue our verdant spring before the summer heat fries everything in the garden. I particularly like this lush threesome of the glossy, dark green-leafed Star Jasmine vine, Trachelospermum jasminoides, fronted by the soft, graceful Inland Sea Oats, Chasmanthium latifolium, further fronted by an arching American Beautyberry, Callicarpa americana.
I’ll remove the Inland Sea Oats next year to give the Beautyberry room to grow. For now, I like the array of foliage these three plants provide in this shady spot.
Sedum, Sedum potosinum, is delightful in the garden; its delicate, fleshy foliage hugs the ground and rocks as it spreads. It is attractive before it blooms,
and during bloom time.
All of the Fennel plants in my gardens are still gorgeous this May.
I’ve seen a few butterfly caterpillars chomp, chomp, chomping, but apparently not enough to eat the Fennel to the ground.
This Pale-leaf Yucca, Yucca pallida,
echoes the yellow of its home with stripes along the edges of its leaves.
I fell in love with the Corkscrew Rush, Juncus effusus, when I visited another garden.
It requires more watering than I typically tolerate from my plants (twice/week during our summers), but I don’t consider that onerous and this sedge plant is a fun addition to my gardens.
I enjoy the play of late afternoon light on this Soft-leaf Yucca, Yucca recurvifolia.
I have several of these non-native yuccas in my gardens and appreciate their tolerance of my somewhat heavy soil.
The pairing of the bright green, tropical foliage of the not-yet-in-bloom Turk’ s Cap, Malvaviscus arboreus, with the gray-green, fuzzy Heartleaf Skullcap, Scutellaria ovata ssp. bracteata, was a gardening serendipity that I’ve encouraged.
Finally, there’s little but foliage going on here–and such a nice variety of shape and form, if not color.
At the far left is the soft, silvery Mexican Feathergrass, Nassella tenuisima, with spiky Iris flanking its right. A tiny-leafed, ground-hugging Thyme completes the trio. Two plants from the Malvaceae family, Lemon Rose Mallow, Hibiscus calyphyllus, and Turk’s Cap fill the center/right section of the photo. The foliage of those two are similar–wide and heart-shaped. To the right and front of the photo, Fall Aster, Symphyotrichum oblongifolium and Texas Craglily, Echeandia texensis, both sport foliage which contrasts with the tropical looking Malvaceae plants: the Craglily’s slender grass-like lily leaves and the perennial aster’s narrow leaves.
Actually, if you look closely, you can see some blooms–at the top-center of the plant group is a cluster of Heartleaf Skullcap–its blue/purple flowers and fuzzy, gray-green foliage in total contradiction to everything else.
Thanks to Pam at Digging for hosting the May salute to foliage.