Saturday, November 20
Foliage Follow-Up: Moody (Indoor) Greens and Mellow (Outdoor) Yellows
Sometimes, design happens by accident. You leave a stray red fleece on the arm of the couch, walk by later, notice it, and find yourself thinking, "Huh. I could really use something with warm colors over there, couldn't I?"
Plants are not immune to these happy accidents, either, as evidenced by these photos showing how much fun my tillandsias are having perched in this ficus. They had to be moved last week when the plant shelf above my sink finally broke after 5 years of holding weighty plants and pots.
I really like how the colors and textures contrast, and how the placement makes the tillandsias look more like creatures than plants. (Scroll back up--doesn't that first photo look like the tillandsia is crawling up the leaves?) Since they're now good buddies, I think that these guys will be allowed to hang out together for the rest of the winter!
Outside, the Japanese maple is still flaunting lots of (now bright red) leaves, but I know that those will soon be gone. Most of the front yard is slowly but surely blanching out to a ghostly, papery beige... but I quite enjoy how the yellows mellow out along that journey.
The 'Blue Ice' amsonia is a cool, electric yellow earlier in the fall, but now it's warm and bright against the caryopteris.
'Rostrahlbusch' was billed as the showiest of the red-foliaged switchgrasses, and has been a great disappointment in that regard. But it's still a gorgeous grass in its own right, and its fresh fall yellows are welcome in the front garden with its tapestry of color and texture:
As always, check out other foliage highlights from around the world via Pam's Foliage Follow-Up post!