Favorite plants for foliage interest?
I'd like to hear about your favorites for adding foliage interest to the garden!
One of my new favorites is Phlomis Ruselliana (Jerusalem Sage). It has green, heart-shaped, felted leaves (evergreen here) a little similar to lamb's ear. It looks fantastic with a coat of dew and adds a really nice soft boldness in my "undaunted garden" which, since it receives little summer water, tends to the fine-leaved varieties such as Russian Sage, Gaura, and Buddliea.
Another favorite I discovered this fall, Corokia cottoneaster. It's a small bonsaia-like shrub with twisted dark branches and very few tiny silvery leaves. I have it at my entrance in a large galvanized tub planter underplanted with violas and Kennilworth Ivy. The stark shape of the Carokia is a wonderful foil to the sweet faces of the violas and the soft luxuriance of the ivy!