GardenWeek Virtual Visits July 5, 1999

Editor's Journal

It is well into summer in The Flower Garden--and while the "base" may be perennials, there is a wonderful abundance of annuals and tender tropical guests from the greenhouse in residence. Lots of Gingers and Cannas--both red and green leafed popping up all over the place! All the beds are wonderfully choreographed and so richly exuberant I am tempted to call them "over-stuffed." A weed would not stand a chance here! Continue.

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Named after J. Justice, a Scottish gardener, this tender small shrub, a greenhouse resident in the winter, is enjoying its summer location.
Justicia carnea
Justicia carnea
This Brazilian native, also known as Jacobinia carnea or King's Crown was certainly one of the most striking plants in The Flower Garden.
Gracefully arching spires of Ligularia stenocephala about to turn yellow with blooms in front of a red leaved Canna.
Ligularia stenocephala and Canna
Dark Red and Green and White Leaves
Dark red leaves and stems of Atriplex hortensis 'Rubra' in front of the green and white leaves of Humulus japonicus 'Variegatus.'
The very narrow stringy petals on the daisy-like flowers of this Inula magnifica make it much more interesting and distinctive than the average "yellow daisy."
Inula magnifica
Cuphea cyanaea
Wonderfully dangling little pink tubes yellow at the opening and with two black spots make this Cuphea cyanaea reminiscent of a tropical fish.
The base of the young leaves of this fast growing tall annual seem to have a reddish-purple glow which apparently fades to green as the plant grows taller.
Chenopodium giganteum
Chenopodium giganteum
Chenopodium--from the word "chen" meaning goose and the word "pous" for foot in reference to the leaf shape.
Allium 'Globe Master' --also seen on June 7 at White Flower Farm--with very large spherical umbels of purple flowers happily growing with the Chenopodium seen above.
Allium 'Globe Master' and Chenopodium
Astrantia major
Small clusters of delicate slightly pink flowers of Astrantia major add a bit of small scale texture.
It's getting dark--two stars of the "Black Garden"--Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens' and a Coleus sp.
Ophiopogon and Coleus
Atriplex, Lilies,and Cannas
A very well thought out trio--the dark red leaves and stems of Atriplex hortensis 'Rubra'-- also known as Red Mountain Spinach the leaves of which are said to be edible--a Canna with dark red leaves, and a very dark red flowering Lily, Lilium 'Vulcan.'
A very tall Angelica purpurea. The genus was named for its alleged angelic healing qualities--and I really wonder who thought that up!
Angelica purpurea
Allium aflatunense
Even well past their flowering season, the spherical Allium umbels are still interesting in the garden.
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