I want to jump on the Green Wagon. No, we're not talking about the Green movement we're talking about green leaves and plants moving about in the garden. Frances at Faire Garden had a great post and Emma at A Nice Green Leaf is hosting the event.
There is no lack of green at Clay and Limestone during this in between time. That indeed is my lament...too much green and not enough of the other stuff! So when I heard about Emma's celebration of the green leaf, I knew it was time for me to look kindly toward my green... So for your amusement here are just a few of my favorite greens...most photos enlarge with a click!
Bluestar/Amsonia hubrechtii ---This is a first...who knew those seed pods where there? Not me! Bluestar is a sweet plant in the spring, a pleasant fellow during the summer and then king of the garden each fall when he erupts into a golden splendor.
Salvia/Sage 'Berggarten'-- Not your common garden sage, but a big leaved plant that is a fabulous ornamental in the border.
Salvia azurea with simple green leaves and squared stems. Check out the blue stems...and then think azure blue flowers! ...Yes, that is indeed a shower head directly to the left of the Salvia. Recycled from our bath re-do!
Blackberry Lily/Belemcanda chinensis leaves. I love the crinkly seersucker look and the 'hidden' flower emerging from the leaves.
Witch Hazel/Hamamelis intermedia 'Diana' I can't explain it but I love this tree/shrub and its leaves, especially in the fall when they are a brilliant orange!
Sedum ternatum a native of Tennessee gone to seed....in a good way.
Juniperus virginiana 'Grey Owl' with Verbascum thapsis...these two were made for each other, but the big mullein is a thug...we aren't sure of their fate! Sometimes love isn't enough....I love the mullein. It is indeed difficult having an eco-conscience!
Coral bell/Heuchera villosa 'Autumn Bride' If you live in the south, this hybridized native coral bell is perfect for your garden. Evergreen and fall blooming. I can't help it, this flower seems all male to me...well, bride he is!
Hellebore ericsmithii 'Silver Moon'-- First year in the Clay and Limestone hit parade...let's see if this guy can make it over the winter....
Cup Plant/Siphium perfoliatum....the leaves cup the stem.
Tartan Aster/Aster tataricus possibly 'Jindai'-- The basal leaves make me think of a tobacco plant!
Tiarella cordifolia sps. The heart shaped leaves are sweet....
The big bad boy Woolly Mullein/Verbascum thapsis. The lower leaves are 18 inches long and if he were not considered a noxious weed by the State of Tennessee we would continue to go steady. Isn't he gorgeous? The bad boys always are!
Green Dragon/ Arisaema dracontium with Heuchera, Phlox and a passion vine to the right. He may look short but he is actually a bout 2 foot tall.
Green Spice Heuchera. You can't beat the Heucheras for color and spicing up a shady spot.
Foam Flower/Tiarella cordifolia "Iron Butterfly'
Autumn Fern...this is a spectacular fern.
To educate my kind readers...the plant below is highly invasive, has shown up all over Tennessee and other parts of the known gardening world and unfortunately in my garden! If he is in yours...remove immediately and under no circumstances should you allow it to go to seed. It is poised to take over the world.
Japanese Stilt Grass/Microstigium viminium...shallow rooted and pulls up easily!
Thank you for hanging around and looking at the greenery. You've helped me appreciate them all the more!