5.29.2009

Fab Foliage Friday



What time is it? It's Sem, Sem, Sem, Sem, Sem, Sem, Sem, Sem, Semmertime! I am bowled over by the way-cool foliage of Ural false spirea 'Sem' (Sorbaria sorbifolia 'Sem'). Absolutely, positively had to have it the instant I laid eyes on it. The ferny foliage is utterly distinctive, so it promises to combine well with just about anything, and as if that weren't enough, this small shrub's leaves are utterly colorific, with hues of yellow, orange, bronze and red. Wowsa! So what if it suckers like crazy? I can deal with that. Love it with tulips (top), plus, the emerging foliage of early spring is killer (at left) and so are the first sets of unspooled leaves (below). 'Sem' and I are going to have lots of fun together.

8 comments:

Carol said...

That is a very catchy combination... great foliage with the orange tulips... as you say! What a fun plant! So many possibilities. Great photos!

Kim said...

I LIKE that Sem!

patientgardener said...

I havent seen this plant before but it is a real beauty

Steve Silk said...

Carol--Yes, Sem is just chockablock with potential. Had to go out and buy another one just a couple days ago.

Steve Silk said...

Kim--I LIKE it too! I'm even using it in a mixed container.

Steve Silk said...

Patient Gardener--It's well worth seeking out. I'll let you know if it takes over the entire garden.

Wayne Stratz said...

truly wonderful foliage!

Steve Silk said...

Wayne--Guess you can see why it was an immediate must-have plant,and at a time when I'm far less impulsive about getting new plants. I just knew this thing as destined for garden greatness.