What’s In Bloom: Hello Beautiful!

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Hibiscus ‘Kopper King’ (hardy hibiscus) right up close, in the Perennial Border.

Argiope aurantia

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

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

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.

Gentiana makinoi 'Royal Blue'

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.

Gladiolus murielae

My mother has grown these pretties since I can remember, Gladiolus murielae (peacock gladiolus) opened this morning in the Arrival Courtyard.

Phlox paniculata Robert Poore

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'

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 florida [Ghost]=’Carlton’ (weigela) has wine-red flowers that really ‘pop’ against the lovely chartreuse foliage; in the Perennial Border.

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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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