For this #florafriday I’m excited about leaf color, especially bronzes and greens. As the cold weather starts to settle in and fewer and fewer blooms remain I find myself noticing the hardworking foliage plants in the yard. Three that seem particularly spectacular right now are:
Chocolate Mint geranium is a scented variety that smell of nothing of chocolate and just a hint minty. It does, however, have lovely patterned leaf. And like all scented geraniums, it grows without much effort or care from me. My only chore each year is trimming it back out of neighboring plants that it is intending to plow right over.
“Iron Cross” Oxalis. This is a new acquisition. How could I refuse these adorable leaves? The flowers are a peach/salmon color and only open up on sunny days. Here on the Central Coast people think I’m crazy for buying any oxalis because the yellow flowered variety is such an invasive weed. These hybrid varieties, however, are much better behaved.
All first time gardeners should be encouraged to plant giant red mustard. Not only is this plant absolutely gorgeous in the back of my salad bed, but it gets huge. Almost 15″ tall now, the large leaves are still continuing to unfurl. Even if I didn’t love the spicy taste in salads, this plant would still find a home in my garden because of it’s beauty.