GardenWeek Virtual Visits September 19, 2000

Editor's Journal: Stonecrop

A midday shower lowered the temperature to the 60s and left the garden quite wet. Then the sky brightened for an hour or two--and then got darker and darker as a light rain turned to a heavy downpour by late afternoon. Thanks to an "Aberglasney--The Garden Lost in Time" umbrella the camera (and I) made it back to the car without getting washed away. A couple of plants grown primarily for their foliage are blooming, Salvia leucantha is just about to bloom, Clematis tangutica continues to bloom, and there is even a great display on one of the compost heaps! And not shown, the very first of the Lachenalias have sprouted in their pots, and although only about one qurter of an inch of foliage is showing, it is enough to remind us that a great winter display is just around the corner. Continue.

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

Over the vegetables and past the purple Aster novae-angliae 'Treasure' and red leaved and flowering Cannas on the left and on to the still flowering white Clematis maximowicziana, native to China and Korea.
Looking North Across the Flower Garden
Looking North Across the Flower Garden
And looking north again, this time with a longer lens.
Although grown primarily for its brown foliage, this cultivar of Eupatorium is now displaying its clusters of fluffy little white flowers. See also the towering Eupatorium sp. on the next page.
Eupatorium rugosum 'Chocolate'
Perilla frutescens
Also grown primarily for its foliage--which is a rich dark purple--the slender stalks of tiny light purple flowers now appearing add another late season dimension of interest to this extraordinarily decorative and useful annual. Native to China and India.
Seen blooming under glass on May 10, this cultivar is now blooming in the Flower Garden. The favorite Salvia of one of the 1999 apprentices at Stonecrop, the flowers are a bit more salmon in color than would be expected from its name. The species is native to Central and South America
Salvia coccinea 'Cherry Blossom'
Rosa 'Bishop Darlington'
'Bishop Darlington' keeps on blooming--and is quite a good color match for the Salvia on the left.
This wonderful and woolly late blooming species, native to Mexico, is just beginning to bloom.
Salvia leucantha
Aster, Salvia, and Cuphea
Nearly the same purple as Salvia leucantha on the left, Aster 'Treasure' and another Salvia, S. 'Purple Majesty,' contrast with the bright orange Cuphea ignea 'David Verity.'
The species--a small tree or shrub--is native to Brazil and has become naturalized in other parts of South and Central America. The beautiful golden variegation of the foliage of this cultivar is caused by a virus, which fortunately, does not cause any damage.
Abutilon pictum 'Thompsonii'
Asclepias curassavica
A tender shrubby perennial native to South America and a species of the "flagship" genus of its family, Asclepiadaceae. The second species of the genus in the Flower Garden--see also A. physocarpa with its dangling white flowers and inflated seed pods on August 30.
In the damp shade of the Black Garden, the first flowers of the season of the tropically fragrant Hedychium coronarium--the white Butterfly Ginger--open what could be only a week or two before the first frost.
Hedychium coronarium
Clematis tangutica
Although past its peak of bloom, this wonderful Clematis with thick spongy yellow petals continues to flower.
Blooming in the courtyard by the garage, a member of the Cacti collection is blooming with light orange flowers on stalks that gracefully curve downwards.
Echeveria sp.
And On the Compost Heap!
A wonderful display growing on one of the Stonecrop compost heaps. The bright orange flowers and bright green leaves of a Scarlet Runner Bean--Phaseolus coccineus--contrast with the dark red foliage of Amaranthus erythrostachys--and shows that a beautiful horticultural display can be found just about anywhere--and need not be difficult!
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