Cherry Ong of Richmond, British Columbia, has contributed to the GPOD many times (if you’ve missed seeing her earlier posts, check out this one of some of her amazing gardens), and she just sent in some wonderful images of her garden at its peak this summer, along with one shot of her new gardening buddy!
The reddish color of the leaves of this tall Japanese maple is echoed in the beautiful foliage in the containers below it. The yellow variegated Japanese forest grass brings a contrasting color and texture in between.
I’m always amazed by how much color you can get just from leaves! Colorful foliage plants make for containers that put in a display that lasts much longer than flowers would but is just as beautiful. Read this to learn about simplifying your color scheme and creating eye-catching contrast in your garden.
Bright yellow-green foliage is the unifying thread of this scene in the garden.
The genus heuchera has some of the best foliage out there, and by mixing different varieties of heuchera together, Cherry has created an incredible tapestry of contrasting color.
Another tapestry of contrasting foliage color, this time from succulents! Hen-and-chicks (Sempervivum spp.) dominate here, showing off just how diverse this easy-to-grow group of plants can be.
A row of pitcher plants (Sarracenia spp. and hybrids) shows again how much diversity and contrast you can get from carefully choosing within a single group of plants.
Cherry’s new gardening friend! This cutie would like to remind everyone to stop and smell the flowers.
A wider view of part of Cherry’s garden. I love the diversity of textures and colors visible here just from foliage. Read this for texture combination ideas!
A close view of an inspired combination of two different coleus and a Japanese maple. These three plants have a lot of common, but there’s enough contrast in color and shape to make them really show off wonderfully together. The backdrop of bright green foliage below also really makes the darker-colored leaves show off beautifully.
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