Tuesday, August 24, 2010

August 24 - Sept 2

In the Perennial Border - West you will find:
Helianthus 'Lemon Queen' (Perennial Sunflower); a great back of the border perennial to brighten up the late summer, early fall garden with rech lemon yellow flowers on stems easily reaching four feet

In the Great Perennial Border-East:
Rudbeckia fulgida 'Goldstrum' with Lobelia siphilitica (Great Blue Lobelia); the great blue lobelia is a native pernnial typically found in rich moist locations, here interplanted with the common Black-eyed Susan which also appreciates consistent moisture and displays a profusion of bright flowers on bushy plants

In the Kitchen Garden Entry:
Rosa (Carefree Beauty) ='Bucbi' (Modern Shrub Rose); this vigorous upright shrub rose has excellent disease resistance with semi-double fragran pale pink bloms

In the Garden Hall Courtyard:
Hydrangea paniculata 'Little Lamb' (Pee Gee Hydrangea); this hardy dwarf hydrangea is unique for its small flower petals which open pure white turning to pinkish with the coming of autumn

In the Entry Garden you will find:
Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Cassian' (Fountain Grass); this clumping grass flowers about two weeks later than other selections and also holds its seed heads for a longer time

Thursday, August 12, 2010

August 12-19

In the Perennial Border - East you will find:
Hibiscus moscheutos 'Carafe Grenache' (Rose Mallow); the enormous deep pink flowers of this hardy hibiscus last two or three days, replaced continuously with new ones from mid-summer to early fall

In the Perennial Border - East:
Phlox paniculata 'Norah Leigh' (Summer of Garden Phlox); this variegated form with while marble-edged leaves does better with some afternoon shade

In the Perennial Border - North:
Sedum spectabile 'Brilliant' (Showy Stonecrop) with Sedum 'Postman's Pride' (Stonecrop); Brilliant has excellent compact form so it doesn't flop and lots of hot pink star flowers, attractive to butterflies; shown here with the very deep black-purple of Postman's Pride

In the Garden Hall Courtyard - Bank:
Ligularia 'Osiris Fantaisie' (Bigleaf Ligularia); this newer introduction of the Osiris series has deep purple leaves maturing to bronze and olive-green; likes a consistently moist location

In the Garden Hall Courtyard - Bank:
Anemone tomentosa 'Robustissima' (Japanese Windflower); this selection of Japanese anemone is probably the hardiest, flowering about a month earlier than other varieties

In the Entry Garden:
Helenium autumnale 'Moerheim Beauty' (Helen's Flower); unlike other daisy flowers, helenium have a very distinctive shape; they prefer full sun, flowering from late June to August