Sometimes he stood still before a brightly painted summer villa standing among green foliage, he gazed through the fence, he saw in the distance smartly dressed women on the verandahs and balconies, and children running in the gardens.
There are no more uses of "foliage" in the book.
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It’s difficult to spot the birds in the foliage.
I like to rest my eyes by periodically looking up from the computer and gazing out the window at the foliage.