While I love the sweet flowers of Cyclamen, the foliage that follows and persists until early summer is the feature that I love most. Requiring little light and no water all summer, these fill in really nicely around perennials that will shade them in the summer and are gone in the winter.
There are some with beautiful silver foliage and others with lovely patterns of green and silver.
Euphorbia wulfenii enjoying the rain.
Meanwhile, in the greenhouse, the big prickly leaves belong to agave Wercklea ferox which has grown very quickly from the four inch pot that came from Logee's early this summer. We'll see how it fares in the greenhouse this winter.
Lastly, an homage to Moby, the Agave ovatifolia that grows in the garden of Pam Penick, the host of Foliage Follow-Up. My A .ovatifolia, planted three years ago as an experiment (one gallon pot,) has survived our wet winters and put on more growth each year. Now, what will I do with that Yucca 'Bright Star' when the agave gets bigger? Thanks, Pam, for hosting this meme to remind us of the important role that foliage plays in our gardens every day of the year. Check out Pam's blog, Digging, here to see other FFU posts!