If the blooms are the stars of the garden, the foliage is the unsung supporting cast, providing contrast opportunities and consistent, vivid color eight to twelve months of the year. As an example, in spring foliage on many plants appears a brilliant lime green. Imagine a deep salmon color tulip against that green. In summer, the tulips have finished, the foliage has matured to a deep green and white coneflowers are now in bloom. Foliage provides the base to create an even more enjoyable, varying color show even in the smallest spaces.