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Shrubs for Foliage

April 24, 2014

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I decided I needed to find room for a couple of shrubs with interesting foliage  to add a bit of substance to vases of flowers. This Pittosporum ‘Elizabeth’ was looking very pretty in a neighbour’s garden so I rounded one up for a border here and planted it in part-sun with protection from the garden wall-they resent windy conditions.

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And at the bottom of the steps I’ve planted a Choisya ternata which has glossy, aromatic, evergreen leaves and the added bonus of  spring flowers followed by a main flowering in late summer.

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I spotted this beautifully marked iris basking against the warmth of a brick wall in a local car park. The strappy  grey-green foliage is as dramatic as the flower and these plants although expensive to purchase can easily be increased by division after flowering.  Lift the rhizomes with a spade and wash the soil from the roots then either split the clump with a knife or pull apart with your hands. Each new clump needs one good rhizome with roots and leaves to form a new plant. Trim the roots by up to 1/3rd and cut the foliage to 15cms to prevent wind rock. Plant in full sun with the roots in the soil and the rhizomes on the surface.

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And on the allotment I picked this strange but delicious cauliflower which I planted as plugs last winter.

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The cut flowers this week are Black Parrot tulips with Ajuga reptans in an old maroon jug.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 25, 2014 10:00 am

    I’d love some shrubs for foliage but just don’t have the space at the moment. Maybe in my next garden – I love choisya. We get something similar to that cauli at our farmers’ market but he just calls it white sprouting. It’s really tasty whatever it is. Have a lovely weekend.

    • April 25, 2014 10:41 am

      Yes now that I think about it white sprouting was the label I recently found. and it even had an image just like these lovely flower heads.

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