More Cool Foliage

A few posts back I spoke about how interesting foliage makes for an interesting garden even when the plants are not in flower. I dug into my perennial file and pulled up some plants with interesting foliage. Note that green leaves can be as interesting as colorful foliage. Note the different shapes and textures of these plants.

Some of these varieties are common while others are new. I'm not going to label them right away. I'm going to see if you can identify them. Don't email with your responses but rather be brave and post a comment so we can all see your answers. 


  1. So many examples of great foliage here.

    1. It's some kind of Pennisetum, either purple fountain grass or red fountain grass.
    2. Pumonaria
    3. Hakonechloa 'Aureola' (I like 'All Gold' better)
    4. It's a sedum but unfortunately I don't know which one.
    5. Heuchera ... maybe 'Palace Purple'
    6. I'm a little stumped ... maybe some kind of Carex?
    7. I don't know this one either, I was thinking Ajuga or Lamnium but I don't think that's right.
    8. Brunnera 'Jack Frost'
    9. Blue Fescue grass
    10. Wild ginger
    11. Black mondo grass

  2. I think I can name most of them.
    photo 1- Penisetum 'Fireworks' and Stachys byzantine
    2-Pulmonaria probably Raspberry Splash
    3-Japanese Forest Grass Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola'
    4-I think this one is the Euphorbia 'Snow on the Mountain'
    5- Heuchera
    6-this one is either Liriope or Carex maybe 'Evergold'
    7- Pachysandra
    8-Brunnera 'Jack Frost'
    9- Blue Fescue
    10- Maybe a Ginger?
    11-Ophiopogon planiscapus 'nigrescens'

    How close am I?

  3. Anonymous4:24 PM

    (1) Lambs ear, rubrum annual fountain grass, little bunny fountain grass
    (2) Pulmonaria Mrs Moon
    (3) Aureola Japanese fountain grass
    (4) not sure, some form of variegated sedum
    (5) Plum Pudding Coralbells
    (6) Big blue lilyturf
    (7) Pachysandra Green Sheen
    (8) Jack Frost Brunnera
    (9) Blue Fescue grass
    (10)European ginger
    (11) Black Mondo Grass

  4. Hmm... Okay, I'll give it a shot:
    1. Pennisetum setaceum 'Fireworks'
    2. Pulmonaria... but I'm not going to venture to guess beyond that. They all look the same to me.
    3. Hakonechloa macra... not sure on the cultivar.
    4. Sedum telephium... some sort of variegated cultivar.
    5. One of them Heucheras. There are SO many on the market, I'm not going to try and put a cultivar name on it.
    6.Liriope muscari 'Okina'
    7. Pachysandra terminalis 'Green Sheen'
    8. Brunnera macrophylla 'Jack Frost'
    9. Festuca glauca Maybe 'Elijah Blue' or maybe not.
    10. Asarum. Beyond that, I'm not sure.
    11.Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens'

  5. Imperata cylindrica 'Rubra'
    Pulmonaria sp.
    Hakonechloa macra Strike it Rich
    Sedum telephium Autumn Charm?
    Heuchera 'Plum Pudding'
    Liriope muscari 'Peedee Ingot'
    Pacysandra terminalis 'Green Sheen'
    Brunnera macrophylla 'Jack Frost'
    Festuca glauca 'Elijah Blue'?
    Asarum europaeum
    Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens'

  6. April9:33 AM

    Stachys, Uncinia, Pennisetum, Pulmonaria, Hakonechloe, Sedum, Heuchera with Coreopsis, Carex with Asarum, Pachysandra, Brunnera with another Heuchera,Festuca with Sedum, Asarum, Ophiopogon with Adiantum, and looks like a Trachelospermum in the background.

    Lamb's ears, red hook sedge, fountain grass, lungwort, variegated Japanese forest grass, variegated sedum, named alumroot with tickseed, sedge with groundcover ginger, pachysandra, heartleaf with another named alumroot, blue fescue with sedum, groundcover ginger, black mondo grass with maidenhair fern and looks like a star jasmine in the back.

    I've never commented on anything before, but it is pouring rain and windy as anything today, so my chores outside are being postponed. I was too lazy to put in the species and name cultivars, but may have time to do so with this nasty weather. Let me know if you want them.

  7. I see lots of things I love here! Lambs ears, Sedum, Sedge grasses, Brunnera, Huchera, Ginger... I can't spell them all or come up with the "scientific" name but I can grow them all ;>

  8. Nicely done everyone.

    1) Lambs ear,
    rubrum annual fountain grass
    little bunny fountain grass
    2) Pulmonaria 'Victorian Broach'
    3) Hakonechloa 'Strike it Rich' apanese fountain grass
    4) Sedum 'Elsie
    5) Plum Pudding Coralbells
    6) Liriope_muscari'Peedee Ingot' lilyturf
    7) Pachysandra 'Green Sheen'
    8) Brunnera Jack Frost
    9) Festuca 'Elijah Blue' Fescue grass
    10)European ginger - Asarum europaeum
    11) Ophiopogon planiscapus 'nigrescens' - Black Mondo Grass


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