GardenWeek Virtual Visits September 7, 1999

Editor's Journal

Although this page is called "The Lower Woodlands" we are really starting at the bottom of what I call the Cliff Garden with a look at a couple of very interesting diminutive water plants--each grown in its own little rock enclosed pond--and then on to the continuing riot of Ligularias. We also revisit the Clerodendrum near the Wisteria Pavilion and check another plant with an amazingly similar coloration. Continue.

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A waterfall from one of the several tiny streams that flow down the face of the rock ledge.
Mini Waterfall
To Each His Own
Each of the two gems described below has its own little natural pond surrounded by rock--a totally fitting display for two of my favorites--the Nymphoides on the left and the Ludwigia on the right.
Nymphoides indica-- orange form. Small flowers of the aptly named Water Fringe.
Nymphoides indica--Orange Form
Nymphoides indica--Orange Form
Not just a great plant, but a great display as well--Stonecrop!
A member of the Onagraceae family, native to the southeastern part of the US, and called Water Primrose, this is an amazing plant I will never forget. The tension in the leaflets is such that each cluster floats in a perfect rosette pattern. I could not have arranged them more precisely myself with a ruler.
Ludwigia grandiflora
Ludwigia grandiflora
And as the leaves age, they turn red--so each rosette has a color gradation from light green in the center to darker green and then red on the edge with the aged red leaves separating and floating around the intact clusters.
Without a doubt Ligularia dentata not only has the longest blooming season of any of the many Ligularias at Stonecrop, it has about the longest blooming season of any of the plants in the Woodland Garden as well.
Ligularia dentata
Ligularia dentata
Surrounding the stream just up from a couple of the mini waterfalls, the Ligularias are a mass of yellow.
We did not start covering Stonecrop until late May, but we are sure the Woodlands must have equally exciting displays of Primulas and other shade and water loving plants in the spring. Check back!
Ligularia dentata
Ligularia dentata
Up close we can see that the Ligularias are actually past their prime--but still outstanding.
We thought this Clerodendrum near the Wisteria Pavilion was quite extraordinary for its beautiful flowers and wonderful fragrance when we showed it over a month ago--But now we like it even more! The deep pink sepals and blueberry-like seeds are almost as decorative as the flowers.
Clerodendrum trichotomum
Clerodendrum trichotomum
Still blooming, the fragrance cannot be missed. This shrub is known to grow to 10 or 20 feet high--a specimen that size must be incredible. Anyone know where there is one that big?
As you can see, about a quarter of the plant is still in bloom with the balance displaying the equally attractive seed heads.
Clerodendrum trichotomum
Angelica gigas
The maroon umbels of Angelica gigas beyond the masses of Ligularia picked up the color of the Clerodendrum. At a height of six feet, this plant--recently introduced from Korea--needs a lot of room and is excellent in a spot like this infront of the Bambo grove.
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