Ornamental cabbage planted in circle garden container.
GREEN. I'm a fan. Of just about every shade. [Save the kelly green jackets worn by Masters Tournament winners. Just saying.]
I like green in fashion, I like it in interior design, and I especially like it in the garden. (If my painting teacher reads this I know she will be laughing ~~at me ~~she knows how much I make use of green at every chance.)
Bromeliads at the back of the tropical pathway.
It's helpful to be a fan of GREEN in Florida. Especially in the winter time. The majority of the color palette after all the frosts we've had is ... you guessed it ... various shades of GREEN... and brown, of course.
Spots and dashes of color here and there are much admired as well.
I'm not certain how this ti plant survived without any help from me during all the frosty nights but I'm really proud of her for being so hardy.
Begonias offering veins of red for color are sending out new leaves already to replace lifeless ones taken by this harsh season.
I have to say we've made progress this winter maintaining more green in the garden than ever before. Cold hardy plants are increasingly being added over time. Although we have suffered some hard hits. All is not lost.
Rosemary has withstood our hot summers and frosty winters.
As I walk around the garden I'm struck by what stands out ... and the many shades, shapes, heights, forms, textures, leaf sizes of ... GREEN ... is what I see.
Muhlenbergia dumosa, Bamboo Muhly Grass
Lacy tufts of fern-like grass, bamboo muhly, waves softly in the breezes. Cold hardy, tough, and a lovely shade of GREEN. Additional sites are being carved out for this versatile, textural grass.
In utter contrast bluish-green columns of stiff and prickly Juniperus chinenis 'Blue point' juniper shrubs in containers mark the entrance to a winding flagstone path.
Surviving the cold nights without extra covers are containers overflowing with textures and mixtures of GREEN.
Green is soothing and restful don't you think! Do you love it or do you overlook it for bright and bold?
Australian tree fern hanging in all on its own thankfully. Red banana in the background... not so much. But it will return. As a matter of fact new leaves are emerging from the center already.
Birds nest fern has come through winter so far with flying colors.
The farthest back pathway is lined with GREENery of all sorts. Still lush and full, it is protected mostly by heavy tree cover.
I even left the staghorn fern to fend for itself hanging from the limb of a live oak tree. Its underside a fascination of soft GREEN hues resembling the sea.
We'll end with a stalwart summer and winter bloomer. The old fashioned, easy to maintain Louis Philippe rose doesn't seem to notice our wide range of temperature fluctuations. I wouldn't classify this one as overly-showy but it is consistent and trustworthy in every season. For all those reasons more of them are being added to spaces where tender plants once occupied.