Fancy foliage for your garden

Posted on: 03 July 2018 by 50connect editorial

Foliage can play an important role in defining the character of your garden. Here are a few pointer to keep your foliage and fillers in tip top condition.

hypericum berries

Foliage has undergone a revolution! It's no longer just stiff fern or fluffy asparagus leaf. Now you can get shiny hypericum berries, spiky beargrass, crinkly pittosporum, and aromatic eucalyptus - just for starters.

Foliage is too good to be an afterthought - many are beautiful enough to use on their own, and look spectacular en masse in simple arrangements. A good tip to remember when arranging is Foliage, 'Filler, Focus': arrange your foliage, then add the fillers, finally highlight with focal points of flowers.

If your garden allows it, eucalyptus is a fantastic evergreen addition. Its flat blue-tinged leaves are characterful and on warm nights after rain it permeates the air with its beautiful, light fragance. However, be warned, they are quick to grow and roots expand horizontally close to the surface of the soil. 

eucalyptus

The Flowers & Plants Association recommends the following simple tips to ensure that your foliage & fillers last longer and look lovelier:

  • Take at least 3cm (1") off all stems, making a slanted cut with a sharp knife, or secateurs if stems are woody.
  • Make sure vases are very clean, and use fresh lukewarm water.
  • Strip all leaves below water level to avoid polluting the water.
  • Always use proprietary flower food to feed flowers and leaves, and prevent bacteria forming in the stems causing wilting.
  • Avoid direct sunlight, heat, or draughts.
  • Keep foliage & fillers away from fruit, and remove faded flowers and leaves as they occur.
  • Top up the water regularly and add flower food as necessary.

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