Foliage – the forgotten secret of spring garden success
Do you mainly think about the flowers when you’re planning your garden? I do. I can’t remember when I last chose a plant specifically for its foliage.
But foliage is often 90% of the garden. We are missing a trick if we don’t plan it in.
But when I went out into several gardens this week to see what was working best, my camera couldn’t help picking out the foliage and the foliage combinations rather than the flowers.
Spring garden foliage plants for country gardens
Kylie O’Brien has a country garden that is just under one acre. She relies on foliage at this time of year. She has some white flowers – honesty, tulips and saxifrage – which make an excellent foil to the contrasting greens and grey-blues of the leaf colour. Kylie’s garden is open for the NGS on 10th/11th July – see
There are several plants that people decide not to grow because their flowering season is short, such as roses and peonies. But at this time of year, rose and peony foliage is amongst the most beautiful in the garden.
And finally, this is how we all feel – at last, we have the sun on our faces, and the garden is bursting with life. Lottie, the rescue lurcher, joined us five weeks ago, and had been hesitant about going into the garden.
Now Lottie has gained confidence and is outside enjoying herself. As I hope you are. And when you’re pottering round the nursery or garden centre later on in the summer, don’t forget the foliage when choosing plants.
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