Monday, August 16, 2010

Foliage Follow-up

Finally I’m on the ball and I’ve got photos for Foliage-Follow up! Let’s see that only took….oh….6 months. Yikes. This is actually the second half of a really long post that I started last Thursday so click on back there for the full show. And for those of you that are paying attention…yes I am starting with the same plant, Verbascum bombyciferum 'Arctic Summer,’. I took these pictures at dusk and I loved the silver/blue quality to them, had to share. Don’t worry this is the only repeat plant from the last foliage post.
Acacia pravissima (Oven’s Wattle), love the alternating knife or fin-like leaves.
Aeonium ‘Schwarzkopf’
Aeonium ‘Kiwi’
Aeonium ‘Sunburst’
Agave geminiflora
Aloe striatula
Echeveria ‘Black Prince’
Hakonechloa macra-aureola
Hosta of unknown name, the puckering ‘seams’ remind me of a parachute.
Impatiens omeiana (I still can’t believe I’m in love with an impatiens)
Japanese Blood Grass, (Imperata)
Kalanchoe luciae
Alchemilla mollis (Lady’s Mantle)
Mangave 'Macho Mocha'
Melianthus major (Honey Bush)
Pachypodium lamerei Madagascar Palm with it’s wild wig of green leaves.
Cyperus papyrus (my have-to-have every year ‘annual’ – this year I bought two, a tall and a dwarf. LOVE THEM.
Pistia stratiotes (Water Lettuce)
Ricinus communis (Castor bean), still short….I want BIG bad leaves!
Syneilesis aconitifolia (Shredded Umbrella Plant)
Tetrapanax papyrifer (Rice-paper plant), the newest plant (went in the ground last fall)…small but getting bigger.
And the oldest, I believe it’s officially reached tree proportions.
And Yucca A. Purpurea finishes this foliage post. Get yourself on over to Pam’s blog Digging for more enticing foliage pictures!


  1. Great stuff, Loree. I've never been close enough to a parachute to notice the puckering. Wondering how you know...

    I never see that last yucca local but he's becoming one of my favorites, light chartreuse new leaves against purple older leaves. Oooh!

  2. The blue foliage plant - so lovely. So are the rest - good series.

  3. I love that purple yucca and wonder why we never see it in Austin. But I'm really in mourning for your Verbascum bombyciferum 'Arctic Summer' since you told me it just croaked in your heat wave. What a gorgeous plant, but maybe it really wants what the name says? An Artic summer?

    Your Acacia pravissima looks a lot like the knife-leaf acacia (A. cultriformis) that we commonly grow in Austin. Unfortunately they proved not hardy for the winter temps we got last winter. Mine died along with many others.

  4. What are those curly q's on the agave geminiflora? It's not the first time I've seen it but I always wonder what that is.

  5. Those curly cues caught my eye! You have some fantastic foliage! They would compete well against any bloom!

  6. As always: beautiful plants.

  7. Oooh, we have a lot of the same plants! (Although, okay, most of my warmer-climate lovers are in pots, and I'm guessing yours are not!) I think my favorite is that verbascum... LOVE the fuzzy silver leaves, and the two views of it you showed. :)

  8. 'Arctic Summer' alone was worth the wait.

  9. ooo-wee that Verbascum pic is a stunner !I love every one of these photos !

  10. Incredible photos! Of course I loveeee the succulents the best!

  11. I must agree with everyone else. All of your selections are good, but that Verbascum is stunning. I had a hard time moving past it.

  12. Denise, well actually now that you mention it...years ago in PE class! We did some routine with a huge parachute on the playground.

    Thanks Michelle!

    Evelyn, thank you.

    Pam, the purple leaf yucca is pretty rare around here too, I've only seen it at 3 nurseries and 2 of the 3 were VERY expensive. Luckily I bought at the 3rd. I still have hope for the Verbascum, I'm watering it and waiting for it too cool down before I completely declare it a goner. So far it's still a limp pile though. I've got the Acacia in a container, just in case!

    PGG, the curly q's are the filaments on the edges of the spiky leaves. Like a yucca sometimes has.

    Laura, I agree! Foliage is where it's at!

    Thank you RBell.

    Blackswamp Girl, many of my tender plants are in containers...but I think the majority from this post are in the ground.

    ricki, and to think they started out as a little $2.99 4" pot last fall!

    thank you ks!

    Candy, of course you do.

    Les, I should have put it at the end!

  13. I really like the close ups!
    Maybe we should have a Foliage Follow-up yard of the month! You'd be up at the top. Love your posts. :-)
    David Tropical Texana/ Houston

  14. Love all of them!


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