Focus on foliage
In my last post, I shared some photos of camellias and other flowers blooming in our late December garden. The flowers are fantastic this time of year but they are by no means the only areas of interest. Evergreen foliage is most welcome in the winter garden. The temperatures have been rather mild thus far and there are still colorful fall leaves hanging on as well.
Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy
|Chinese Holly "O'Spring" (Ilex cornuta) - This variegated holly is beautiful at all times of the year. I've seen very large specimens in books and on television but this ones seems to be happy at a diminutive size of less than 4 feet.|
|The vibrant russet leaves of Mohawk Viburnum (Viburnum x burkwoodii 'Mohawk') are|
still clinging to the shrub.
|The dramatic blades of a Yucca are contrasted with the branches |
from Canadian Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis).
|The bright yellow leaves in the lower left are those of Spirea (Spirea japonica 'Goldmound'). Rosemary "Arp", right behind it, stays green all winter. We use it frequently in cooking.|