Mon June 6, 2011 – Summer is around the corner

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Paeonia ‘Buckeye Belle’ (Semi-Double Peony) Entry Garden; This peony is definitely a show stopper!  The footprints into the bed to get that up-close photo are unmistakable – so many more to come but please enjoy from the path.  Cheers!

 Amsonia tabernaemontana (Blue Star) Entry Garden; This perennial is native to Eastern North America and a perfect addition to the herbaceaous border or meadow garden.

Allium christophii (Stars of Persia) Entry Garden; A very showy allium with as many as 100 star-shaped flowers per flower umbel.  (Can you find the bee in this photo?)

Salvia x sylvestris ‘East Friesland’ (Perennial Sage) Entry Garden; This German selection has a compact habit with deep violet purple flowers.  I prefer to cut back spent flowers stalks to new growth after flowering.

Lupinus Russell hybrids (Russell Lupine) Demonstration Courtyard; A sure sign of early summer, the tall spires of Lupines grow best in deep rich soil which is slightly acidic.  Our Lupines have returned annually to the same location, setting seed each year.

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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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