Foliage Follow-up is hosted by Pam Penick at her blog Digging for bloggers to highlight our garden foliage on the 16th of each month. For August I'm featuring blooming plants without blooms and a selection of plants doing well in our high summer heat.
How will that plant look in the heat of August? That's a question I often ask when selecting new plants. August is not typically a great bloom season in my garden and it's a time when the foliage itself needs to shine.
That doesn't mean blooming plants are out of the picture.
The scene this morning in my front yard. Many of these plants produce blooms throughout the year but are not blooming now yet they still add to the landscape and I enjoy the subdued colors in this part of the garden. Earlier this week I trimmed the last fading flowers from the Salvia greggii (in the foreground) and gently shaped them into mounds so they will look good through the next few weeks before being covered with blooms again this fall. I've also trimmed the lantana (farther back along the driveway island and walk) to prepare for fall blooms.
In other news, Yucca 'Color Guard' is getting big enough to bloom next spring while holding its own in the summer heat.
The Bismarck Palm (Nobilis bismarckia) by the garage is putting out new fronds.
Bismarckia 2 across the yard is recovering from its encounter with deer antlers last fall and has two new fronds coming out. We added rocks around it to discourage future deer attacks.
This tropical yucca is looking good in the heat too. I don't know the name of this one as it came from a friend as a small start.
The fence post cactus I received at a plant swap in the spring is getting its first arm. The arms will continue to grow taller and look sculptural when filled in all around the top.
Along the front walk is "Schefflera ex houseplant" since it grew too large to keep indoors and kept getting scale so I planted it outside. A few months later we got down to 15F and it died to the ground. That was four years ago and it has recovered nicely now.
African hosta (Drimiopsis maculata) grows nearby. It's not a hosta at all but hosta will not grow here so this is as close as we can get and I enjoy its foliage in the shady bed along the walk.
That's the August report on foliage in my garden. To see more foliage from blogger's gardens head over to Digging and follow the links in the comments section. This month Pam features a special preview of her stunning new sedge lawn so don't miss it!