Hakonechloa macra after frost

What’s In Bloom: The Frost Series Nov 4, 2011

Hakonechloa macra (Japanese forest grass) in the Entry Garden Walk; Touched by a light frost this ornamental grass looks better than ever reflecting the morning light and maintaining the strong green colour it’s known for – I never have favourites but among the Hakonechloas this is mine!

Hakonechloa macra with light frost on the grass blades, changing to water droplets as the sun melts it.

 

Origanum laevigatum ‘Herrenhausen’ (Ornamental oregano); True to form in the Entry Garden Walk, each plant shines under a covering of light frost only highlighting that there are far more attributes here, not strictly flower colour.

Paeonia lactiflora ‘Krinkled White’ (Peony) in the Entry Garden Walk; The flowers of peonies are fleeting but well worth the day they are in bloom, however it is the foliage that lasts & lasts.  The previous night’s frost only compliments the now brown foliage.

Thalictrum ‘Elin’ (Meadow rue) in the Entry Garden Walk in early November; Fresh light-green foliage is complimented by the tall flowering stalks this cultivar is grown for.  They hold up well under rain and have changed to a vibrant yellowish-orange colour.

Geranium wlassovianum (Hardy geranium) as ground cover in the Entry Garden Walk, this geranium is truly a four-season plant.  The foliage holds up well all year, including when stressed by drought.  The night frost outlines each leaf providing contrast to the variety of colours: green, orange, red, and yellow can all be found here.

Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Primavera’ (Witch hazel) in the Arrival Courtyard; This native large deciduous shrub has excellent fall colour and winter interest.  Look closely to see the flower buds pressed to the stems which will open in late winter.

Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Primavera’ (Witch hazel) leaf detail outlined by frost in early November.

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