Pied Beauty

Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889)

Glory be to God for dappled things—
For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;
For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;
Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches' wings;
Landscape plotted and pieced—fold, fallow, and plough;
And all trades, their gear and tackle and trim.

All things counter, original, spare, strange;
Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)
With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim;
He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change:

Praise him.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Foliage Friday: Gold and Silver Chrysanthemum

This pretty little perennial does flower, in late summer and early fall, but I like it for the peaceful variegated foliage.  Gold and Silver Chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum pacificum) is native to the Japanese island of Honshu; appropriately enough, I got mine as a cutting from the Fort Bend Master Gardeners' Japanese Garden.  All the literature says it will grow in full sun, but I've found that it does better for me in some afternoon shade.  It's reliably winter-hardy, in containers or in the ground.  Sometimes it gets leggy and I snip it back, but otherwise it's carefree.  Gold and Silver Chrysanthemum has little button-sized yellow flowers and gets to be about 18" tall. 

Note:  Sometimes this plant is listed as Ajania pacificum, Chrysanthemum ornatum, or Chrysanthemum marginatum.


  1. I don't remember seeing chrysanthemum foliage as pretty as these! Not in our parts. They're beautiful!

  2. I grow it and it is indeed carefree except for an annual pruning to reduce legginess. Even the deer ignore it. The white edges give it amazing texture. I wouldn't mind a whole yard of it! Probably grows anywhere except shade.