Foliage Articles & Resources
Trees - Spring, Summer, Fall Foliage of Japanese Maples
Japanese maple trees bear fine fall foliage. But compared to most trees,
even the spring and summer foliage of Japanese maples is like "fall
foliage." In addition, some cultivars have a weeping habit, while
many have an appealing lacy leaf-type. This introduction briefly describes
"Bloodgood," "Crimson Queen," "Filigree"
and red Japanese maple trees.
Fall Trees - Maple Trees
If I were putting together a dictionary, the entry for "autumn"
would have next to it a picture of maple trees, adorned in their fall
foliage colors of red, yellow and orange. Among the native trees of
eastern North America, it is certainly the maple trees that bring out
the most leaf-peepers, to gaze at their spectacular fall foliage.
Trees - Oak Trees for Late-Season Fall Foliage
The fall foliage of oak trees is not as spectacular as that of the maples.
But oak leaves turn later in the autumn than do maple leaves (November
in the northeastern U.S.), allowing you to extend the fall foliage season.
Learn about red oak trees, white oak trees and pin oak trees.
Rich in Fall Foliage, Culinary History and More
Poison sumac is only one variety of sumac, and it is easily distinguished
from the non-poisonous varieties. The latter should be considered as
potential landscaping shrubs, since they provide splendid fall foliage
and are easy to grow. In addition, sumac has been used for culinary
purposes, for erosion control, and as a wind break. It also attracts
Trees for Fall Color
A Virginia Tech Extension feature on October landscaping considerations,
including some sound advice on selecting the proper trees for fall color
displays. Considering how long it takes trees to mature, this is one
area where proper planning is essential! You want to know right now
what colors a tree will produce, not years down the road, after much
expenditure of cash and energy….
Trees - White Ash, American Mountain Ash Trees
Learn about two types of ash trees grown for their fall foliage: American
mountain ash trees and white ash trees. In addition to fall foliage,
the American mountain ash trees exhibit interesting spring flowers and
summer berries. While you're exploring fall foliage ideas for your landscape,
also discover the unique place of the ash tree in Viking lore.
Trees - Quaking Aspen Trees
The fall foliage of quaking aspen trees is almost synonymous with fall
in the American West. The proclivity of its foliage to tremble in the
breeze is as famous as the golden-yellow of its autumn leaves. Find
out where -- and where not -- to grow this fall foliage standout.
Trees - Fall Foliage, 4-Season Interest of Beech Trees
Learn about 3 types of beech trees grown for their foliage. American
beech trees and European beech trees are fall foliage standouts that
also provide winter interest. Meanwhile, Tricolor beech trees has colorful
variegated foliage that will be prominent in your landscaping spring,
summer and fall.
Trees - Autumn Leaves of Birch Trees
Birch trees provide more than just colorful autumn leaves. Their bark
is as interesting as their foliage, with its characteristic shedding
pattern. The classic (paper) birch has bark with a white color, but
other colors are available (e.g., yellow). Other birch trees have a
weeping form. All of these fine fall foliage trees display yellow leaves
Trees - Dogwood Trees for Foliage, Flowers
When we think of dogwood trees, we immediate think, "flowering."
And indeed, dogwood trees put on an impressive display in spring with
their flowering. But dogwoods also bear attractive autumn leaves. Two
dogwood trees are described here, each offering different fall foliage
Foliage Plants - Description: Learn how to use your various
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the Gaps in the Garden
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vases - and you are ab...
- The Living Palette - Part 1
Description: Plant foliage creates the form and texture of the
garden. True, many ...
-- The Living Palette Part 2
Description: As I write, an icy rain beats relentlessly on my
sleeping USDA zone 7 ...
around me: And Not a Drop of Green
Description: You can have color all year even when nothing is
To The Rescue! Part 2
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To The Rescue! Using Leafy Plants To Fill and Frame.
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The Living Palette - Part 4
Description: Today, I'd like to explore other ways to use foliage
contrasts and ech...
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keeping warring color...
Plantings - One Leaf at A Time.
Description: A garden that looks good all year starts with the
foliage color, textu...
garden: Foliage can be beautiful
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- and never miss th...
- Shape Part 3
Leaves are the engines of life on this planet; their shapes, flat or
round, smooth or rough, thick or feathery in infinite variation, create
the form of our plants to our delight or despair. The answer to why
there is such variation lies in the past, in the present and inside
the leaves themselves.
Aroids! I've loved some for years, but have recently discovered more
and passion is taking over. This diverse family, Araceae, which contains
over three thousand species in about a hundred genera of mostly tropical
and sub-tropical new-world plants, ranges from aquatics to vines. It
is probably already represented in your house or garden - and you might
not even know it!
on the Green Theme - Part One
There's nothing wrong with green. Green, from spring's acid awakening
to late summer's dusky hue, is the color of life on this planet. But,
green, like life, can use a little spice. Variegated foliage is spice
for the shady garden, where flowers are few in mid-summer.
Wonderful Aroids - Part 5 - Pinellia
Compared to their close cousins, Arisaema, the genus Pinellia "don't
get no respect". This is unfair. While most of them aren't as exotic
as many Arisaema, they add their own charm to the shady garden.
Wonderful Aroids: Part 4 - Arisaema
A gardener's love affair with a plant, or genus of plants, is very like
that between humans. A first glance can be love at first sight, or a
mild interest grows into admiration then fascination; obsession, culminating
in long-lasting true love. My relationship with the genus Arisaema has
followed the latter course.
Wonderful Aroids - Part 4, Arisaema - Page 2
Arisaema - Page 2 Arisaema triphyllum and A.sikokianum
Wonderful Aroids - Part 4, Arisaema - Page 3
Arisaema, Page 3 Arisaema candidissimum, A. fargesii and A. ringens
Wonderful Aroids-Part 3-Amorphophallus
Hark all squeamish prudes! This genus is not for you. It is, however,
for all with an eye for detail who love extraordinary plants.
Wonderful Aroids-Part 3-Amorphophallus-Page 2
Page 2 - Amorphophallus - The Big Stink, Intimate Views, Pollinators,
Fruit and The Obsession Grows (Amorphophallus paeoniifolius)
Wonderful Aroids-Part 3-Amorphophallus-Page 3
Page 3 - Amorphophallus - Amorphophallus bulbifer, Cultivation, Sneak
preview images from Plant Delights, So, which species do I have a chance
of growing in my garden? and More Information on the Web.
Wonderful Aroids Part Two - Elephant Ears, Alocasia, Colocasia and Xanthosoma
While caladiums are sometimes called 'elephant ears', to me the real
elephant ears are the huge plants that belong to three genera: Alocasia,
Colocasia and Xanthosoma These are fantastic plants for those wanting
a tropical "look"...and for those of us who crave variegated foliage.
Please be patient while the page loads for you!
- Shape Part 2
When you stop to think about it, the variety in leaf shapes in the plant
kingdom is rather astonishing. Why are there so many different leaf
shapes in the first place? And, why do the leaves vary in shape on single
species? The answers to these questions are both simple and extremely
- Shape Part 1
When autumn's high color is past, leaves rain down upon my garden, signaling
weeks of raking and vacuuming to remove them from drive, paths and evergreen
perennials. Shoveling leaves into a leaf vac by hand offers ample opportunity
for close examination. It's also not exactly taxing mentally; the mind
tends to wander. Mine started wandering down the path of wondering just
why leaves take different shapes.
Part 6 - More Ivy Plus
Ivy is an remarkably variable plant. Leaf size, shape and coloration
differ tremendously among cultivars, most of which have been found as
mutations rather than having been bred on purpose. Not only do cultivars
vary, individual plants, depending on their level of maturity, can have
leaves that bear almost no resemblance to others growing a few inches
away. There are also other vines I grow or want to grow plus a lot of
photos and images in this article, so please be patient while it loads.
- Part 5 - Ivy
A lot of plants are called "ivy", but only those belonging to the genus
Hedera are really ivy. Most of us know ivy as a rather rampant and somewhat
boring evergreen ground or building cover, but once you discover the
shapes, forms and colors of ivy, be warned, it can become addictive.
As a vine for shade, it is unsurpassed. I have lots of photos for you,
so the page may be slow to load.
- Part 4
I grow several vines on purpose and a few unwelcome ones bestowed by
Mother Nature. One species starts out very shrub-like, another twines,
some are annuals. Some thrive and bloom in shade and some will grow
but not flower. There are also vines in my past and some that I hope
will be in my future. My garden would be incomplete without the soft
high notes of vines.
- Part 3 - Clematis
Vines are amazing plants. With their ability to either climb vertically
or spread horizontally, they enable us to create many-layered interest
in our gardens. If you've avoided using vines because you think they
can get out of hand and become weedy pests, think again. While this
is true of some, it's also true of many garden-worthy plants that none
of us would be without. With some exceptions, weediness is not a characteristic
of Clematis, the Queen of the twining vines.
- Part 2
Vines come in all sorts of types, sizes and vigor. There are annual
vines that you plant each year from seed and woody vines, some of whom
make a statement all year around. Some vines have Attila The Hun tendencies
and will take over the world (or at least your patch of it) if not watched
and some require no end of coaxing to keep alive and flourishing. Some
vines do very well in shade; some require sun to thrive and some will
grow in shade, but not flower well. The variety is almost endless; here
are a few more that you may know and grow or that may tempt you.
- Part 1
Curling, twining, clinging or snaking along the ground, vines of one
kind or another play a big part in my garden. Vines provide shade; they
also grow in various degrees of shade. Vines are especially valuable
for gardens where space is tight, since they occupy little ground when
grown vertically. Vines vary from annuals, planted from seed each year
to woody plants providing interesting structure the year around.
Hot, Hot Garden
Is it hot enough for you, yet? It certainly is for me! Like my plants,
I droop when the temperatures soar. Gardening tasks are done in slow
motion, if done at all...plenty of time to contemplate the weather and
its effect on plants and the gardener.
- Fantastical Foliage
In the last few years, we foliage nuts with shady gardens have been
blessed by plant breeders, such as Dan Heims of Terra Nova Nurseries,
who have given us the marvelous new foliage Heuchera to play with. I've
started a modest collection to share with you, and lust for more. There
are lots of images, so please be patient while the page loads for you.
Euphorbias - Part 2
There's a hardy Euphorbia for just about every garden and every garden
situation, from dry and sunny with sharp drainage to cool, shady places.
There's even at least one that prefers damp soil. They range from short,
sprawling plants to shrub substitutes reaching several feet tall and
wide. Many are evergreen, lighting up the garden even in winter. There
are lots of photos, so please be patient while the page loads for you.
Euphorbias - Part 1
Hardy Euphorbia are one of my loves in the plant world. The foliage,
form and flowers are all soul satisfying. As Dan Hinkley of Heronswood
Nursery said, "you can't have too many euphorbs". In this two part series,
I'll tell you about the ones that I grow, have grown and some I want
to grow. Plus, I'll tell you which nurseries online list which plants.
There are a lot of photos, so please be patient while the page loads
Color - Part 3
Subtle variations in tone and tint add a richness to the sepia of our
November gardens and conclude this series on Late Color.
Color - Part 2
Last week, I shared some late color from my USDA zone 7 garden in the
green and yellow range; this week, we'll blaze out! Get out your sunglasses
and enjoy the color. Warning! Lots of images - may load slowly for
As November wends it's way into December, bleak becomes the adjective
to describe the landscape for gardeners in the northern hemisphere.
This week, I have some eyecandy to stave off color starvation for winter
frustrated gardeners. Warning - this one is photo intensive and
may be slow to load for you.
The Living Palette - Part 4
Today, I'd like to explore other ways to use foliage contrasts and echoes
in the garden.
The Living Palette - Part 3
As we dream of our gardens and what we want to do, we need to keep our
aesthetic tools in mind. Foliage is one of the primary tools available
to those of us who garden in shade. With it, we can weave a living tapestry.
I've finally gotten a scanner and I've been playing with it. One of
these days, I'll figure out the best way to use it. In the meantime,
please bear with me if my page is slow to load.
-- The Living Palette Part 2
As I write, an icy rain beats relentlessly on my sleeping USDA zone
7 garden. This makes it doubly pleasurable to turn my mind to the many
nuances of foliage. Let's explore more facets of our living palette.
- The Living Palette - Part 1
Plant foliage creates the form and texture of the garden. True, many
plants also have stems and branches that contribute mightily to form
and texture, but during the growing season, foliage is King.
Foliage For Early Winter
The tree and shrub leaves have drifted over my borders and most perennials
in my garden have retreated underground, or into tight rosettes, for
the winter. Nevertheless, a jaunt around the garden found several perennials
whose leaves are still very much in evidence; aiding the evergreen trees
and shrubs in furnishing the early winter garden.
When the weather is chilly, wet and dreary and leaves are covering the
ground instead of tree branches, fresh foliage is hard to find. Arum
italicum is just starting to hit it's stride.
the Garden to Bed for Winter
If the shade in your garden is provided by large trees, then dealing
with leaves is, no doubt, high on your list of "things to do" in putting
your garden to bed for the winter.
of Fall - Part VII - Tricyrtis
Toad lilies are a must for shady gardens from USDA zones 5 south.
of Fall Part VI: Cimicifuga
If there is such a creature as a "perfect plant", I think Cimicifuga
simplex var simplex (originally sold to me with the invalid name of
(C. ramosa 'Atropurpurea') is the one.
of Fall - Part V - Asters, Part 3
Right now, my garden is frothing with white flowers from the species
asters that I grow. I only grow very few of the many that are really
worthy of space in the garden. Here are a few more to add to the list
of 'must haves'.
of Fall - Part IV - Asters, Part 2
There are many aster species and cultivars that can provide color in
of Fall - Part III - Asters, Part 1, Etc.
Just coming on now, Asters are plants that really wrap up the gardening
season in my USDA zone 7 garden.
of Fall - Part II - Liriope
There are a few more plants whose blooming tells me that the gardening
season is winding down. After Eupatorium, the first to nudge me is Liriope.
of Fall - Part I - Eupatorium
I don't know about you, but I tend to garden merrily along, somehow
feeling that the gardening season will just go on and on until, one
day, I look up and certain plants have come into bloom that always warn
me that time is getting short. Fall is just around the corner. Eupatorium
- Joe Pye Weed - is one of them.
Fruits and Foliage of Faith, Part 1
to Chiangmai and Chiangrai Magazine article Flowers, Fruits and Foliage
of Faith (Part 1).
of Maine - Softer - More Natural - Dry Flowers & Foliage"
Gardens of Maine. An Article by author/nurseryman Fred Davis about
using glycerin to insure softer, more natural feeling foliage
in dry flower arrangements, plus an extensive archive of ... To view
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glow". Particularly useful for ordinarily tough, woody foliage like eucalyptus, beech, boxwood and vining
ivy, glycerin ...