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Flower and Garden Report September 8th - 14th, 2017

Flower and Garden Report September 8th – 14th, 2017

By Thea Hegland, Horticultural Assistant

There is a new vibe at The Gardens this week. Days are filled with sunshine and the September evening light brings a peaceful feeling. The pace has slowed down and it seems all the wonders of the garden have a lingering effect. With no end in sight to the endless beautiful flowers, it must be magic.

This is one of the best times to visit. Fabulous hanging baskets and container plantings look fresh and vibrant, flowing with nearly 200 different varieties including an incredible array of Fuchsia, unique Begonias and other complementary texture plants they are simply unparalleled. Meticulous maintenance ensures these showstoppers will carry on through September and into October.

In September the turf crew carries out the annual lawn maintenance, aerating the rolling green lawns of The Gardens. Meanwhile, our gardeners are busy planting flower beds with colorful Chrysanthemums, signaling fall is in the air. Fall flowering bulbs such as Colchium (Autumn crocus) and Schizostylis coccinea (Kaffir lily) are popping up around the garden with splashes of color. Many shrubs and trees are forming berries and interesting seed pods. In the Japanese Garden the bright orange–red berries of Arum italicum (Lords and ladies) bring interest to the quiet garden, while the Dahlia border gets bolder each day as it works up to its peak season.

Always evolving, The Gardens offer daily delights and never lack surprises!

Plants that are blooming or coming into bloom

  • Abutilon (Flowering maple)
  • Achillea
  • Aconitum  (Monkshood)
  • Albizia julibrissin (Mimosa tree)
  • Angelonia
  • Anigozanthos (Kangaroo paw)
  • Antirrhinum (Snapdragon)
  • Arum italicum (Lords and ladies)
  • Aster ( Michaelmas daisy)
  • Begonia
  • Buddleja (Butterfly bush)
  • Cephalaria (Giant scabiosa)
  • Cereus ‘Queen of The Night’ (Night blooming cactus)
  • Chelone obliqua (Turtlehead)
  • Clerodendrum bungei (Glory bower)
  • Clerodendrum ugandense ( Blue glory bower)
  • Clerodendrum trichotomum( Glory bower)
  • Clethra (Summersweet)
  • Colchium( Autumn crocus)
  • Cosmos atrosanguineus  (Chocolate cosmos)
  • Crocosmia
  • Dahlia
  • Duranta  ‘Sapphire Showers’
  • Echinacea (Coneflower)
  • Fuchsia
  • Gladiolus callianthus
  • Helenium (Sneezeweed)
  • Helianthus (Perennial sunflower)
  • Heptacodium miconioides ( Seven –son flower)
  • Hibiscus syriacus ‘Blue Bird’
  • Hydrangea
  • Iochroma
  • Lagerstroemeria (Crape myrtle)
  • Leonotis (Lion’s ear)
  • Lespedeza (Bush clover)
  • Lilium (Lily)
  • Lobelia speciosa
  • Manettia (Firecracker vine)
  • Persicaria (Knotweed)
  • Punica (Pomegranate)
  • Rosa (Rose)
  • Rudbeckia (Gloriosa daisy)
  • Salpiglossis sinuata (Painted tongue)
  • Schizostylis (Kaffir lily)
  • Streptocarpus (Cape primrose)
  • Tecoma
  • Thalictrum (Meadow rue)
  • Tibouchina (Glory bush)
  • Verbena
  • Vitex
  • Zauschneria ( California fuchsia)
  • Zinnia