Newly emerging spring foliage is the focus for this February 2012 Foliage Follow-Up post hosted by Pam at Digging on the 16th each month. Join Pam and other bloggers from around the world as we show off the foliage in our gardens.
Spring arrives early here in south Texas. While our winter was mild overall we had a freeze back in the late fall that knocked back many perennials. With our recent warm weather, the foliage on those plants is emerging and perennials that didn't die back completely are showing new spring growth.
Salvia Madrensis is a shade loving favorite that blooms only in the fall. I'm pleased to see all this new growth on a first-year plant meaning I can probably divide it this year.
Nepeta 'Walker's Low' bloomed beautifully through the heat and drought of last summer and I will divide this second year plant soon for more blooms this summer. It needs a haircut but I've learned from experienced local gardeners to leave my perennials alone for a few more weeks so the old foliage will insulate against a late freeze.
The Northern Sea Oats (Chasmanthium Latifolium) are jumping up quickly, almost time to cut back the old growth.
I'm delighted to see the variegated Northern Sea Oats (Chasmanthium Latifolium) 'River Mist' I planted last fall are sprouting nicely. I was all set to order these from an online source when I found them locally at Rainbow Gardens. They were almost dormant when planted so I haven't seen them at their best in my garden yet.
Salvia 'Indigo Spires' hasn't looked this good in the last two years and should send up striking blue spikes of bloom soon.
This has been a great winter for the garden and I'm looking for some beautiful blooms and foliage this spring.
Thank you Pam for hosting Foliage Follow-Up.