While we are all enjoying the spring flowers that bloom in May it is all too easy too ignore the foliage. By this I mean we study the shape and style of the flower, but do not appreciate the leaves to the same extent. This is a pity since foliage takes many fascinating forms when you take the time to really look as this article by Jason Bertkay which I found on the Garden In a City blog explains.

Let?s face it, flowers are superior to foliage. This is especially true in May, when some gardeners (I?m not naming names) can be driven into ecstasies by masses of colorful tulips and other spring flowers. However, this does not mean that foliage should be ignored at this or any time of year.
Certainly, Ostrich Ferns (Matteuccia struthiopteris) contribute some drama to the garden by the end of May. These ferns are in the front foundation bed, and provide a nice background for all the Bleeding Heart (Lamprocapnos spectabilis).
Here?s another view of the Ostrich Ferns, backlit by the sun.
Certain persons have suggested my garden needs some tropical plants for bold foliage. To these people I say: have you noticed the leaves on the Sweet Joe Pye Weed (Eutrochium purpureum)?

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