The wife asks: “What are you waiting for?”
The husband replies: “Autumn.”
I’ve written a few short blog posts already about the importance of basing a design around a substantive palette of excellent year-round foliage color called “Wedding Cake Landscape Design Theory” and another one that touches on this idea as well called “Ingredients for the Foundation of a Landscape Design”.
My personal inspiration for designing with foliage or anything foliage related comes from a book on this topic that is much more than a visual encyclopedia of foliage, it makes you re-think the possibility that flowers being omitted from a design plan can be just as floriferous feeling as with carefully chosen blooming ephemera. I HIGHLY recommend it if you’ve never read it, as well as any of the other books by this author, of which I have many!
In this book, foliage and all of it’s finer points are detailed expertly with the flavor of experience and the eye of a designer that I couldn’t give equity to in a short blog post. Sections dealing with Color, Texture, Combination’s, Variegation and a number of other elegant vegetative topics that NEED this book and it’s utterly amazing photography to do the LEAF justice.
So after much deliberation and angst, and a serious number of hours, I present my offering to you dear reader. I have decided that the best way I could address this post from my unique point of view is to put together pictures from my own library of foliage that is nearest and dearest to me and true to my location as well.
Obviously there is no way to include ALL the variety of incredible foliage I encounter that I wish I could share with you. But, if this gives you a small taste of what I’ve gotten to see in the way of charming and even outstanding foliage, then I will feel good about how I treated this passionate and VERY large topic that SO close to my heart.
I hope you enjoy the pictures and though they are not all labeled, if you see a plant that you don’t recognize, I’m certainly happy send you information on what that leafy bit of goodness was that you were curious about!
Below are links the the other Designers participating in the Foliage Blog post for Garden Designers Round Table. Please be sure to visit those sites as well and show them some love!
Andrew Keys : Garden Smackdown : Boston, MA »
Christina Salwitz : Personal Garden Coach : Renton, WA »
Debbie Roberts : Garden of Possibilities : Stamford, CT »
Ivette Soler : The Germinatrix : Los Angeles, CA »
Jocelyn Chilvers : The Art Garden : Denver, CO
Pam Penick : Digging : Austin, TX »
Rebecca Sweet : Gossip in the Garden : Los Altos, CA »
Shirley Bovshow : Eden Makers : Los Angeles, CA »