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What’s in Bloom: What a beauty …

Hibiscus ‘Kopper King’ (Perennial hibiscus) is a show-stopper in late summer.  As with everything else flowering, he’s early this year.

And then there’s the Beast!  Japanese beetles are at large in the garden, feasting on over 200 species of plants.  They particularly enjoy perennial hibiscus, here on Hibiscus ‘Kopper King’.

You either love ‘em or you hate ‘em, and I love them!  Garden phlox, shown here is Phlox paniculata ‘Robert Poore’.  This variety is particularly resistant to powdery mildew and richly scented.

Eryngium yuccifolium (Rattlesnake Master) here with Verbena bonariensis (Brazilian verbena) make a great combo, seen here in the Entry Garden.  Dare I say, I’ve not seen any pests on either of these plants.

Saturday past I took part in the Urban Vegetable class here at the TBG.  We discussed ways to prolong the vegetable harvest and late summer planting.   We also covered staking tomatoes, which a few volunteers gladly did this week to help sunlight get through to the fruit.  In the Show Garden.

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