Big leaves, spiky leaves…my love for both is well documented. However, I’m also drawn to the tiniest of leaves and especially love them when seen in combination with the big ones. It’s all about the contrast.
Here it’s doing battle with Ceanothus ‘Dark Star’ to see which one can out tiny the other one.
F. polycarpa ‘Needham’s Lace’ and Caesalpinia gilliesii.
F. polycarpa ‘Needham’s Lace’ and Pittosporum illicioides ‘Strappy’. Is the Fatsia a show off, or just friendly?
Aeschynomene fluitans (which I mislabeled on my Bloomday post as Neptunia aquatica). It’s leaves aren’t especially tiny, but next to the bigger leaves of the water lily they still give the same feeling of contrast and texture.
And hiding in the background of the photo above is another Caesalpinia gilliesii (I’m still holding out hope for blooms this summer).
Albizia julibrissin ‘Summer Chocolate’ – tiny DARK leaves. Score two for this tree!
Muehlenbeckia astonii, tiny leaves and zig-zag branches. Does it get any better?
Yes it does! Sophora prostrata ‘Little Baby’ continues the zig-zagging but the leaves are even smaller and there are multiples.
Do you have any tiny-leaf favorites?