Saturday, April 17, 2010

Very Variegated V.....


Phooey - I'm late for Foliage Follow-up, and I couldn't think of anything else appropriate that starts with "V." (Writer's block!)

But I do have some lovely foliage in the garden thanks to some good spring weather and the recent rains.

I've been introducing more variegated plants into the shady areas of my garden over the last year, and they are putting on a show right now.

This is new growth on an agave that almost died last winter.

Walking my garden with me this morning, Robin of Getting Grounded commented that its foliage looks soft, not hard like an Agave. Guess that's that fresh, new growth.

Isn't it funny how something so tough and so spiny can also look so delicate at times?



This is a Crystal Palace Gem Geranium.
This is variegated Mikaela Euonymos - it's a very compact shrub - hasn't grown much at all since I planted it two years ago. The deer have munched on it once or twice, and while it didn't do what I wanted it to do, it looks pretty right now.
The variegated Dianella -- Flax lily -- died back in the freezes, but they are all coming back nicely now.
This is an Agave americana var. mediopicta f. alba.
Sparkler sedge that I got at the Great Outdoors last week -- Carex abula -- thanks to a tip from Pam at Digging.

This is Carex hachijoensis 'Evergold' -- well, maybe it's not. Actually the Carex across the path is the 'evergold' -- so this would be.....hmmmm....another kind?!
This variegated Vinca keeps coming back in the middle of my Abelia, and I will rip some of it out, but I may try to plant it somewhere that I would actually LIKE for it to grow. It is pretty.
Another variegated sedge or miscanthus -- my record-keeping last summer left something to be desired, didn't it?
These are my blooming African Hostas. Aren't they cool? Drimiopsis maculata.
The variegated shell ginger by the pool are all coming back nicely.
And last, but not least, the variegated Eureka Lemon tree that rose from the dead and will live to fruit another day!

Happy Foliage Follow-up, and thanks to Pam of Digging for inviting us to share the rest of the story after bloom day.

16 comments:

Iris said...

Oooo! I definitely need to add more variegated plants to my world. Yours are all so dramatic--love 'em. I have some of the variegated society garlic, which doesn't seem to bloom as often as the regular, but I keep it for its stripes.

Diana said...

Iris - I've never seen a variegated Society garlic = maybe I need to go find one! I do like the play on light in the shade beds - many of these were planted in the last year, so I'm quite happy with them.

Pam/Digging said...

I have a weakness for white-and-green variegation and run the risk of having too much, I think. But I enjoyed yours too, esp. your sedge. My 'Marilyn's Choice' abutilon is growing some variegated leaves, strangely. Either that or there's something wrong with it!

LindaCTG said...

Oh, all lovely! I want more variegated sedges. And I still want to try the sparkler sedge again. You've got a nice collection of beautiful foliage.

Oh, and I do love my variegated society garlic. They're pretty easy to find.

RBell said...

Oooo - stealing ideas! I'm thinking the "Another variegated sedge or miscanthus" may be Ribbon Grass (Phalaris arundinacea).

Jayne said...

I love those variegated plants! It certainly adds interest. I'll have to add that to my wishlist, which is about a mile long!

Patchwork said...

I do love the variegated plants. They give some sort of color, when nothing is blooming...or in places where blooms would be somebody's snack.

Glad your ginger is coming back. After our hard winter, I wondered if it would.

~~Linda...

Melody said...

Ohhhh! Thank you for identifying one of my mystery plants. I got an African Hosta from a plant swap. Tha woman I got it from couldn't remember the name and I couldn't figure it out. the spots on mine are not as large as yours, but the foliage and blooms are the same.
And I love the rest of your very variegated vegetation:)

mss @ Zanthan Gardens said...

Love the spotty African hostas.

Cheryl said...

What beautiful variegated plants! I think the top one is Furcraea foetida. I got one of them at The Great Outdoors last spring. It overwintered fine in the garage. Is yours in the ground?

Lisa at Greenbow said...

You have lots of pretty foliage Diana.

Dee @ Red Dirt Ramblings said...

Hey Diana, lovely foliage. You asked about my weigela. Mine is pretty large, about five feet tall by three feet wide, but there is a smaller version called My Monet which is also variegated. Very pretty too. I have a young one of it.~~Dee

Lancashire rose said...

Love your variegated plants-especially the carex/miscanthus, whichever they are. I need some myself.

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ConsciousGardener said...

Really nice show Diana! I love that African number...where'd you get it? I need more of the 'very verigated varieties!'

Diana said...

ConsciousGardener - Those Africa hostas resow nicely and I have some I could pass along if you'd like a few! Just let me know.