Spectacular Foliage in July
Early July and most of the ornamental trees and shrubs have flowered, so now is the time to appreciate those with lovely or even spectacular foliage. Two worthy of consideration are a medium sized tree and a medium sized shrub.
The former is a disease resistant form of our native Wych Elm. Ulmus glabra ‘Lutescens’ (shown on our Home page) has brilliant quite large gold leaves that do not fade as summer advances, nor do they burn in strong sun. The plant will tolerate all sorts of soils. It will respond well to pollarding, which enhances its use as a foliage plant.
Secondly a plant described in Hillier’s Manual as “an outstanding variegated shrub” — Cornus mas ‘Variegata’ (below). Its display of bright cream and green foliage throughout summer turns fiery colour in autumn. Then in late winter the branches are studded with masses of yellow flowers.