What’s in Bloom: All things Aurea/Aureo …

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… can be found as part of the Show Garden conifer collection, including this stunner, Pinus mugo ‘Aurea Fastigiata’ (Mountain Pine).

Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘Filifera Aureovariegata’ (Sawara cypress) has bright yellow accents, complimenting the green foliage.

Pinus sylvestris Aurea Group (Golden scots pine) exhibits its bright golden foliage in the Show Garden.  A plant with ‘Aurea’ in its name is basically that golden yellow colour, whereas ‘Aureo’, means there is a border of light or golden colour.

In the corner of the Entry Garden up against the wall adjacent to the Floral Hall Courtyard is a mass of last year’s evergreen foliage of Helleborus x hybridus ‘Blue Lady’ (Lenten Rose).  Hiding beneath that foliage …

… and underneath its protective layer are both seedlings and flower buds, again of Helleborus x hybridus ‘Blue Lady’ (Lenten Rose).

In my search for a backdrop of snow I found the seed pods of Amsonia tabernaemontana (Blue star), in the Entry Garden.

Another shot of the stem & seed pods of Amsonia tabernaemontana (Blue star) in the Entry Garden – what a great & resilient plant!

Speaking of resilience, in the West View Terrace corner bed, the flowers of Helleborus niger ‘Maximus’ (Christmas rose) prove their staying-power.  These flowers have survived snowfall, then melt, snowfall, then melt, and now another snowfall!  A trend of winters to come?

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Sandra Pella about the author: Sandra Pella

Sandra Pella has worked as Head Gardener of the Toronto Botanical Garden since 2008. She holds a degree in Political Science from the University of Western Ontario, and upon graduation worked in the financial sector until the pull of plants was too much to resist, whereupon she found herself at Janet Anderson Perennials (formerly JEA Perennials) as a horticultural technician. She has been the Perennial Manager at Summerhill Nursery & Floral followed by the Assistant Horticulturist at the TBG prior to its renovation. Sandra worked as a Gardener for two seasons with the City of Toronto as well as seasonal Gardener for the TBG prior to being named Head Gardener. She is self-taught in the field and thus greatly appreciated the experience a gardening internship in 2009 at Great Dixter in the UK brought to her. Sandra has a regular What’s In Bloom blog and is one of the spokespeople for the TBG.

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