Blue Heron landscape Design | Foliage Follow Up – September 2011

Foliage Follow Up – September 2011

16 Sep Foliage Follow Up – September 2011

I took these shots on a recent garden tour of Hollister House Gardens in Washington, CT (look for a post about that very soon), and was amazed by how well the variegation of the Hydrangea vine and the Clematis worked against the brick structure. My first instinct would have been to plant a dark green leaf instead, but after seeing this I am inspired. What do you think of this combination?

I don’t know which Clematis this is, but I think the Hydrangea is ‘Mirranda’.

Hydrangea anomala subsp. petiolaris 'Mirranda'


Clematis (unknown) and Hydrangea anomala subsp. petiolaris 'Mirranda'


Please stop by and visit Pam Penick over at Digging, and see what she and others sharing for Foliage Follow Up. Thanks Pam for reminding everyone just how important foliage is in garden design!

  • Desert Dweller / David C.
    Posted at 08:51h, 16 September Reply

    Eat your heart out, Madonna – looks great without flowers, too! Seriously, thanks for giving us a look at such different foliage than what I have in the opposite corner of the US.

    • Scott Hokunson
      Posted at 09:51h, 16 September Reply

      Ha! Yes that was a strange moment for her wasn’t it David? There is so much to enjoy in a plant beyond blossom, especially in this vine, I agree.

      We’re looking forward to you joining us on the Roundtable in January, will be fun!

      Thanks for the comments!

  • Pam/Digging (Austin, TX)
    Posted at 09:18h, 16 September Reply

    Scrumptious leaves against that terracotta- or putty-colored brick! It totally works, and those whorling clematis seedheads add more great texture. Thanks for joining in on Foliage Follow-Up, Scott.

    • Scott Hokunson
      Posted at 09:52h, 16 September Reply

      I agree Pam, isn’t great? I don’t think I’ve ever pulled a seed head of a Clematis for just this reason. Thanks for the comments and thanks for Foliage Follow Up!

  • Patrick's Garden
    Posted at 17:18h, 19 September Reply

    I love variagated plants where they fit in. This is a beautiful fit and the clematis seed pods add a lot of interest. Thanks for sharing.

    • Scott Hokunson
      Posted at 00:02h, 20 September Reply

      Your welcome Patrick! I agree, in the wrong setting, a variegated leaf can overpower or look gaudy.

      Thanks for your comments!

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