Despite the summer drought and heat and growing in some of the poorest soil I have (parking strip) Melianthus major 'Antonow's Blue' made beautiful and lush foliage this season which continues to look very nice.
Nothing new or unusual here but the common Arum italicum thrills me every winter with it's tropical-looking, beautifully patterned leaves. It may be a bit invasive in some gardens but has been fairly well-behaved here.
Phyllostachys vivax aureocaulis is spreading nicely and the contrast of the golden culms and green foliage is lovely in the summer but in the winter the punch of color is very welcome.
Stachyurus praecox is usually the last deciduous shrub to lose it's leaves in the winter. They're still a nice golden color and usually drop just in time for the winter show (late January) of blooms on bare branches.
Spanish Moss is supposed to be hardy to zone 8 and enjoys moisture so I left a hank of it outside this year to see what happens. So far, it's still looking happy. I understand that in the spring, birds take it for their nests faster than it can grow back in our climate. We shall see.
Again, nothing new but the winter foliage of Cyclamen hederifolium always delights!
Some of the new silver leaved varieties of cyclamen that just got planted this fall. Looking forward to when they are as full as the more established ones in my garden.
My only criticism of this beautiful and tough variegated Aspidistra is that it's slow-growing. It handles dry shade very well and the tag said that if it's placed in soil that's too rich, the variegation will diminish. No manure for this bed. What the bowling ball is doing there is a mystery to me. I'll move it next time I'm in the garden.