GardenWeek Virtual Visits August 15, 2000

Editor's Journal: Stonecrop

Finally, after what seemed like an endless number of days with rain, a sunny clear day with the temperature pleasantly only in the upper 70s. Lots of white in the White Garden; a Clematis which, like Conolvulus cneorum seen on March 21, has its markings on the back of its petals; the Lobelias are out in full force; and another blue flowering member of the Verbenaceae family, reminiscent of Clerodendrum myricoides 'Ugandense' seen on July 5, is blooming. Continue.

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

White Dahlias, Veronicastrum, Allium, and Impatiens in the White Garden.
The White Garden
White Dahlia and Veronicastrum
A close-up of Veronicastrum virginicum album and Dahlia 'Wissenesse' shown on the left.
The dark green leaves of Datura inoxia and the white flowers of Allium tuberosum growing through the frilly light green leaves of Perilla frutescens.
Allium tuberosum, Perilla, and Datura
Brillantaisia
The Brillantaisia subulugarica, a member of the Acanthaceae family from tropical west Africa, is getting quite tall and should bloom soon.What will the flowers look like? No one knows‹but we should find out soon!
Note the bit of the back of one of the petals in the top flower of this white Clematis--it appears to have a touch of pink.
Clematis 'Huldine'
Clematis 'Huldine'
And now looking at the back of this group of flowers, their narrow purple stripes can clearly be seen.
A low growing herbaceous Clematis with masses of small light blue flowers.
Clematis heracleifolia
Nicandra physalodes 'Black Pod'
This fast growing Peruvian annual, a member of the Solanaceae family is the only species of its genus and is also known as Apple of Peru or Shoo-fly because it is thought to repel flies. It was the two shades of blue that caught my attention!
In the Purple-Magenta bed, Lobelia 'Kompliment Deep Red' and Amaranthus hypocondriacus.
Lobelia and Amaranthus
Lobelia
In the Red Rainbow bed--Lobelia 'Kompliment Deep Red' again. It may be late summer, but the Lobelias look as fresh as spring.
A member of its own family, Phytolaccaceae, this tall spreading herbaceous perennial native to China and Japan, has hanging clusters of small somewhat flattened fruit.
Phytolacca esculenta
Phytolacca esculenta
The genus name is from "phyton" for plant and "lac" for lake in reference to the color of the juice of the fruit which will soon turn a rich purplish-black. This species is native to China and Japan.
An herbaceous perennial native to Japan, this member of the Verbenaceae family is covered with small blue flowers.
Caryopteris divaricatus
Caryopteris divaricatus
With its bright blue flowers and very long reflexed stamens, these Caryopteris flowers are reminiscent of another member of the Verbenaceae family seen on July 5--Clerodendrum myricoides 'Ugandense'.
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