October 27, 2010

Shades of Green

This post is devoted to three plants with outstanding foliage.

I love the fine stems and bright color of this salt marsh bulrush. Each reed tip has a tiny brown cap (sorry no pictures of this). The plant's other name is fiber optic grass. I grow it in a pot in my fountain.

I'd grow cabbage just for its form and blue-green leaves, but I like to eat it too. If you were a girl in the 80s or had a young daughter then, you can probably imagine a Cabbage Patch Kid folded up in the roset of leaves.

Fig Ivy
Fig ivy grows in the pattern of a spilled liquid with the leaves on each vine looking like the steps of a splay-footed dancer. The leaves have small reverse wrinkles (closer look) that remind me of  paper that has been crinkled then flattened.


  1. I like the fig vine too. It grows on a brick wall on my back porch and has softened the hardscape nicely. It gets a bit unruly sometimes but nothing a little trimming can't handle! I think it would take over the house if we let it!

  2. Abbey - I love your blog so much because it makes me really look at and appreciate the beauty of nature. Thank you for making me stop in the midst of busy days to marvel at the wonders of creation. :)

  3. Aww. Thanks Legal Lady. Garden blogging encourages me to look for the beauty in my surroundings. It keeps me grounded. I'm amazed at how much stuff I've noticed for the first time since I started blogging.