When I'm talking about my garden (or anyone's garden, for that matter), I often say . . . flowers are magical.
Because they really are!
But y'know what? Foliage is cool, too.
I've designed my garden such that something is blooming any time, in any season. May and June are easy. Late July and August are much more challenging (except for those hardy alstroemerias blooming their hearts out in the photo above; they bloom all summer long).
To keep my garden looking good throughout the season, I rely on interesting foliage to bring variety and interest. When combining plants in my garden, I look for foliage with different:
Patterns (like these lungwort leaves).
Textures (like the leaves on this Japanese maple).
and Colors (like this cascade of Hearts-of-Gold Redbud leaves).
Even without any blooms, the foliage in my garden puts on a lovely show. It turns out that foliage is the essential workhorse in the garden!
Flowers are magical . . . but foliage is cool!
Today's post was inspired by Three on Thursday. Be sure to read other ToT posts today over at Carole's!