Hibiscus ‘Kopper King’ (hardy hibiscus) right up close, in the Perennial Border.
Every summer I look for beautiful friends in the garden – that is, spider friends. Argiope aurantia (the black and yellow garden spider) is common to southern Ontario and a regular visitor, if not permanent inhabitant, of the Entry Garden.
Ratibida columnifera (Mexican Hat, upright prairie coneflower) another beauty, is native to much of North America and can be seen at the west-most end of the path through our Woodland Walk.
Liatris pycnostachya (prairie blazing star) commonly occurs in tall-grass prairies. It is certainly one of the tallest Liatris species, as in our Woodland Walk alone many are well-above five feet tall.
It’s hard to find ‘true blue’ beauties in the garden. In the Garden Hall Courtyard, along the bank is Gentiana makinoi ‘Royal Blue’ (gentian) an undeniably electric-blue show-stopper with late summer blooms.
My mother has grown these pretties since I can remember, Gladiolus murielae (peacock gladiolus) opened this morning in the Arrival Courtyard.
Garden phlox is one of those perennial beauties I look forward to every summer – throw back to when I was growing up perhaps? Phlox paniculata ‘Robert Poore’ (summer garden phlox) tops the list with its rich pink-almost-blue flowers. Not bad against that baby blue sky either; in the Perennial Border.
Hibiscus ‘Kopper King’ (hardy hibiscus) has been growing strong in the Perennial Border for weeks now, producing a constant flush of those stunning massive blooms that last, what, a day or two. Totally worth it!
Weigela florida [Ghost]=’Carlton’ (weigela) has wine-red flowers that really ‘pop’ against the lovely chartreuse foliage; in the Perennial Border.