Purple prickly pear for Foliage Follow-Up

Purple pot and purple prickly pear — ten years after planting I’m still enjoying the color echo, especially against the gray deck railing. Vivid orange pomegranate blossoms add a fun color contrast in the background.

So what leafy love is going on in your May garden? Please join me for Foliage Follow-Up, giving foliage its due on the day after Bloom Day. Leave a link to your post in a comment below. I really appreciate it if you’ll also link to my post in your own — sharing link love! If you can’t post so soon after Bloom Day, no worries. Just leave your link when you get to it. I look forward to seeing your foliage faves.

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27 Responses

  1. You have a nice mature specimen there. Prickly Pear Cactus is the only cactus we have native here on Long Island. There’s lots of new foliage going on in the garden for the month of May, Here is my post. http://landscapedesignbylee.blogspot.com/2015/05/garden-bloggers-bloom-day-foliage.html#.VVclyHD3arU. Thanks for hosting!

  2. Great combo. And that’s a beautiful fence, esp. the copper caps. Lots of great spring foliage in our garden: http://eachlittleworld.typepad.com/each_little_world/2015/05/foliage-follow-up-51615.html

  3. Alison says:

    It’s great when plant matches pot so well! I potted up a bunch of tender plants out of their nursery pots recently, and it was quite an eye-boggling chore. There’s an Opuntia in my Foliage Followup post too, here: http://bonneylassie.blogspot.com/2015/05/foliage-followup-may-2015.html

    • Pam/Digging says:

      Alison, you’ve outdone yourself with foliage pics this month. The first and last images are especially striking. I love all your richly colored foliage, and the long shot of your garden is beautiful! —Pam

  4. Wonderful use of color — very harmonious! Here’s a peek at my PNW foliage-fest. http://www.bloomtown.net/2015/05/foliage-follow-up-may-2015.html

  5. Never saw a big Prickly Pear in a pot before. Striking. I do love common plants in uncommon settings. Love Purple, too.


    • Pam/Digging says:

      They’re pretty commonly seen in pots around here, Jean. I like to fill my pots with water-thrifty plants that can survive the summer with little attention, and this one definitely fits the bill. —Pam

  6. Kris P says:

    I love these plants but, frankly, they scare me. Maybe one day I’ll work up the courage to add one to my garden. Here’s my foliage post: http://krispgarden.blogspot.com/2015/05/foliage-follow-up-stipa-tenuissima.html

    Thanks for hosting, Pam!

    • Pam/Digging says:

      Despite a ferocious appearance, this prickly pear is actually very well behaved. And it requires so little — so set it and forget it. Well, set it and admire it anyway. :-) I enjoyed your feathergrass pictures. That’s one of my go-to grasses as well. —Pam

  7. Diana Studer says:

    I have the hell strip and front garden freshly planted in succulants all the way.

  8. I follow your blog and have gotten so many fantastic ideas, and while I didn’t include strictly foliage in the photos of my post today, I did mention your blog. I was inspired to write my post after learning, belatedly, that yesterday was Bloom Day but before I saw this great pic of your prickly pear! I have to thank you for all the guidance I’m getting from your blog. Thank you! http://barbarataylorsissel.blogspot.com/2015/05/happy-belated-garden-bloggers-bloom-day.html

  9. I like the purple prickly pears. Looks especially nice in the purple pot.

    Here’s my contribution this month.


  10. rickii says:

    Perfect pairing…how nice that it holds up so well over time.
    Here’s my contribution: http://bannersbyricki.com/archives/4564

  11. Purple pot and purple prickly pear…say that 5 times fast! It is a wonderful combinations. I love the blur of red flowers in the background too!

  12. Anna K says:

    Oohh – love the color echo, and the fiery flowers of the Pomegranate make me weak in the knees. Apologies, but you’ll get a melange of flowers and foliage this month. If I had had to do both, I don’t think either would have happened. https://flutterandhum.wordpress.com/2015/05/16/blooms-and-foliage-may-2015/

  13. Oh yes, I like your combination, too! And the Pomegranate blossoms in the background–stunning! Thanks for hosting, Pam! http://plantpostings.blogspot.com/2015/05/everything-happens-in-may-here.html

    • Pam/Digging says:

      Thanks for joining in with your faves, Beth. Jack-in-the-pulpit is really having a moment right now, and no wonder — what a fascinating plant. I love those unfurling ostrich ferns too. —Pam

  14. Jason says:

    Love the purple pot and purple-tinged cactus pads, but just looking at those spines makes me wince. Here is my contribution. https://gardeninacity.wordpress.com/2015/05/17/a-frond-indeed/

  15. Denise says:

    Diana Studer suggested that my post about European Wild Ginger would be a nice fit for your Foliage Followup:
    I am glad she did, you have such an interesting blog. I added a link to your blog my comments.

  16. Evan says:

    I love when a plant and pot match so well. I should have included one of my begonias for that reason. I’m dreading potting it up because the pot it’s in is so perfect. Here’s my contribution: http://practicalplantgeek.blogspot.com/2015/05/a-late-foliage-follow-up-for-may.html Thanks for hosting!

    • Pam/Digging says:

      Replying to your post: It’s not a weed if it’s growing where you want it! Yes, I do love mullein. What a great idea to root the reverting elaeagnus leaf. Two for one! —Pam

  17. Peter/Outlaw says:

    Lovely pairing of plant and pot! Sorry I’m late with my post this month! http://www.outlawgarden.blogspot.com/2015/05/foliage-follow-up-may-2015-better-late.html

  18. Hannah says:

    Those are long spines on your cactus, it looks great with the purple pot. I’m sharing a little foliage from my garden,


    Thanks for hosting, Pam!