GardenWeek Virtual Visits June 21, 2000

Editor's Journal: Stonecrop

Sunny hazy and hot, the afternoon turned cloudy and cooler. Many tender perennials are being planted in the Flower Garden and it is beginning to show its wonderful color combinations. In the Woodland Garden, the first few Ligularia buds have opened; and although they are not blooming yet, some of the Cimicifuga flower stalks are over six feet high. And in the Gravel Garden a pair of somewhat similarly colored neighboring members of the Asphodelaceae family stand out. Continue.

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Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit plants indicated by AGM.

Looking across the top of the Chenopodium giganteum with its iridescent magenta new growth to the dark pink Rosa 'John Cabot' on the right, the purple leaved Prunus x cistena (AGM) in the middle, and the pink fading to white Rosa 'Celsiana' on the left.
Four in the Flower Garden
Three in the Flower Garden
Moving in closer, Rosa 'Celsiana' in the front and Rosa 'John Cabot' in the back perfectly complement the purple foliage of Prunus x cistena.
Stachys macrantha and yellowish-green willow-leaved Amsonia tabernaemontana var. salicifolia. The Stachys is a member of the Lamiaceae family, native to the Caucasus Mountains; the Amsonia is a member of the Apocynaceae family, native to North America.
Stachys and Amsonia
Acanthus
Amazing patterns of green and white on the bracts under each bud make the flower stalks on this Acanthus possibly as interesting before they bloom as they will be in bloom.
A member of the Asteraceae family, this Scotch Thistle, not yet in bloom, is so spiny it seems to be as well protected as a knight in a medieval suit of armor.
Onopordum acanthium
Campanula lactiflora
Tall spikes of a white Campanula--the second Caucasus Mountains native on this page--about to bloom.
Looking over the top of the Chenopodium (again!) with its new growth iridescent magenta with Acer griseum on the left and on to the massive white mound of Polygonum polymorpha shown last week.
Three in the Flower Garden
Verbena 'Tortuga Peach'
Definitely peach-colored, this charming Verbena has clusters of flowers that open a darker shade of peach and then mature to a lighter shade resulting in a wonderful range of colors.
A member of the Caryophylllaceae family with mounds of small white flowers spilling out from a rock wall near the potting shed. The genus--which is closely related to Arenaria--is named after Juan Minuart, a professor at the Botanic Garden in Madrid.
Minuartia obtusiloba
Astilbe, Cimicifuga, and Kalmia
Across a mass of white Astilbes, so white it looks like it snowed, and on to a native Kalmia latifolia with a planting of Cimicifuga between.
Moving on to the Woodland, one of only two species of the genus Peltoboykinia, this one, native to Japan, has foliage that is more deeply divided than the other, P. tellimoides.
Peltoboykinia watanabei
Ligularia stenocephala
The very first few flowers of the very first Ligularia to bloom at Stonecrop this year--soon there will be masses of gold.
Two similarly colored members of the Asphodelaceae family blooming together in the Gravel Garden--apricot Eremurus 'Cleopatra' and the deeper orange and shorter Kniphofia pumila.
Eremurus 'Cleopatra' and Kniphofia pumila
Digitalis lutea
Found in many places at Stonecrop, this Digitalis, native to Europe, has stalks of small creamy yellow flowers. This particular patch is lining a path in the Gravel Garden.
Stonecrop--Shrubs, a Clematis, and Two Alpines

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