Foliage is such a key part of garden design. Often people focus so much on the blooms that they forget the importance of the leaves which make up so much of the visual backdrop of your garden. And there are so many wonderful foliage choices out there that will take your breath away.
As usual, I’ve been scouring the 2017 RHS flower shows this year to find you some wonderful gems and design ideas, and here are my top picks. I think you’ll love them. These foliage options will add some serious style to your garden.
This bright, mossy looking plant is extremely popular as a groundcover option. It features neon yellow-green foliage and has little white flowers in late spring. It’s also a great choice for filling in the cracks of flagstone paving, and can even be a lawn substitute.
Scotch Moss likes at least partial sun, and it does well in normal, sandy, or clay soil as long as it’s well drained. Make sure it doesn’t completely dry out and you will enjoy its bright evergreen shade all year.
It likes all well drained soils, and full sun or part shade. Great for rock gardens, gravel gardens and crevices in paving.
This bold and unusual perennial features large spotted leaves that push up through the soil in spring like closed umbrellas and open out as they emerge. Bright crimson-red flowers hang beneath the leaves when they bloom.
Likes to live in full or partial shade, a sheltered position and heavy soil or clay.
These two stunning begonias have a very different leaf style but a similar colour palate. Greens and silvers and maroons mix together on large, beautifully shaped leaves for a fabulous look in both cases.
They will do well in most soils but clay, and prefer partial shade. Begonias aren’t made for frost, so they will have to be lifted for winter or else live in containers, but they are a dazzling foliage option and well worth the effort. They will also make great houseplants for the winter anyway.
Any of these 13 leafy beauties will make a bold horticultural statement. Choosing the best foliage plants for your garden will literally transform your space, so don’t focus only on blossoms and forget your fabulous foliage!