Tag Archives: Melianthus

Summer Chocolate, Cherry and Wine

From the sweet to the sublime, I can’t think of more luscious foliage in the summer than those with hints of chocolate, cherry, wine, cinnamon, caramel, raspberry and other flavor inspired colors.

Slide1

Slide18

Heuchera ‘Velvet Night’

Slide2

Astilbe and Succulents

Slide3

Purple Fountain Grass and Euphorbia ‘Excalibur’

Slide4

Red Banana and Coleus from the “Under the Sea’ Series

Slide5

Eucomis or Pineapple Lilly and Euphorbia ‘Ascot Rainbow, Hebe ‘Champion’ with Hens and Chicks.

Slide6

‘Berry Smoothie’ Heuchera, Hebe and unknown Aloe.

Slide7

Unknown conifer at the Berkeley Botanical Garden

Slide8

Saxifrage

Slide9

Smoky Heuchera ‘Stormy Seas’ ? and Smoky succulent.

Slide10

Cordyline and Agave

Slide11

Aeonium and Barberry

Slide17

Begonia, Bromeliad and Succulents

Slide16

Coleus, Heucherella, Hebe, Coprosma and Phormium.

Slide15

Cissus discolor and a combo pot with Heuchera, Melianthus and Ninebark.

Enjoy this post?

Then join in the foliage party – sign up to get these leafy snippets delivered right to your garden. (Follow the link in the sidebar)

Peanut Butter, Glass and WOW!

IMG_9190-001

Antonow’s Blue Honey Bush

Melianthus major ‘Antonow’s Blue’

Once you have inadvertently backed into or brushed up against the Honey Bush, you never forget that Peanut Buttery goodness of fragrance. It’s so intense! Plus, that powdery blue, ultra textured foliage is so tropical and lush in the garden, it can be compared to none other.
Later, if we have some great spring warmth, this plant blooms with burgundy, nectar abundant flowers that the birds adore.
I’m so excited about this particular plant because its a brand new Dan Hinkley introduction by Monrovia and it should be a hardier plant than previous ones that I’ve bought as “annuals” here in my zone 7 climate. Typically, I would have to overwinter them in the garage, so this will be a fun experiment. Monrovia advises that this plant best for zones 7-11.

Monrovia also recommends planting this one a bit deeper for better hardiness, so that should help too. With great drainage and partial to full sun, this plant will get the oomph it needs to build a strong base before winter. In warmer climates, they are saying this new one will be evergreen, whoo-hoo!! Dan Hinkley is THE MAN!

This one can get as tall as 8 feet. In the container that I will use it in this season, it will likely get about half that high, but that is just dandy with me. This Honey Bush is going into a teal pot that stands out over these lovely glass rocks of similar tones. I can’t wait to see it get fat and full!

Now THAT is some “Fine Foliage” all right. :-)

Want even more ideas?

Join in the foliage party – sign up to get these leafy snippets delivered right to your garden. (Follow the link in the sidebar)

Visit our Facebook page too- we’re posting all kinds of beautiful foliage ideas in a zillion different ways there daily!