When one thinks about beautiful parts of a plant immediate thoughts tend to go towards the blooms, then a close second are its leaves (inverse if you're a foliage lover like we are). But there are other parts of a plant too that can give so much interest, and for some of them it is neither their blooms nor leaves that make them worthy of growing in the garden.
Just a few examples in our garden...
|Nice leaves but the prickles on the trunk also do it for me|
|This prickly beauty is over 16' tall already|
|Plain green but is the only bamboo that I know of that has corrugated culms - Phyllostachys bambusoides 'Marliacea'|
|The photo doesn't do the scale of the stems justice but they are even bigger in diametert o most of our bamboo culms. Nice random stripes, bright colours, and markings too. Fallopia japonica 'Variegata'|
|In tangent with the plant above, this one begs to be stroked...not! Heracleum dulcis|
|Odd behaviour on this particular Schefflera taiwaniana. It shed all of its old leaves just before it flushed. But the stems remained intact. Beyond it, check out the Eucalyptus...|
|Interesting texture on the trunk of this Schefflera rhododendrifolia|