Posted: 05/07/2013 at 17:32
Yep I understand totally what you say about looking "diseased". . I think liriope may well be like this but I will still get it and see. The grasses I mentioned are "clean". I assure you they look good with the possible exception of pennisetum fireworks.....not totally convinced by this one. ( maybe too much going on) . There are some junipers with white splodges that look diseased. I grow only plants I really like....they have to look good in their own right and then look even better when associated with something equally as good
Those "mottled" willows ?? I have 3 of them. Most visitors go straight to them and like them as I do. They need to be grown well. I have three half standards....one standing in a sea of blue geraniums, another above persicara red dragon. I have one in partial shade growing as a small shrub next to Heuchera raspberry jam, then acer dissectum purpureum behind that. On the sunny edge I have salvia patens. I think you would change your mind about "mottled" willows....ha ha
In same vein, with similar " painting" but on larger leaves is Acer Flamingo. On the forum last year several members expressed admiration for it when I posted a picture of it. From now until autumn it is a mound 2 metres plus high and across of beautiful pink, white and pale green foliage. Better than any flower and for longer.
Hey, enjoy the banter with you Keen