I know, spring blooms are in full swing but, for a garden devoid of green five months of the year and for the gardener who tends that garden, the emergence of foliage is as welcome as any finicky flower. After all, the flowers last but a short time while the leaves stick around all season. The above Cimicifuga r. 'Brunette' is cuddling with a simple sweet fern which will have a short life in that position but for now it is a lovely pairing. Japanese maples have wonderful foliage and the dissectum varieties whether red or green are always welcome here. This red one pairs well with Hakonechloea macra 'Aureola'. The plain green Japanese maple, Acer palmatum var. dissectum 'Viridis' is very pretty and really not plain at all. Do you have any Japanese maples? A favorite?