What’s In Bloom: The August Stretch

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For many, August is a slow-me-down-time in the garden.  Not around here!  In the Show Garden Kniphofia  ‘Lemon Popsicle’ (Popsicle Series) (red hot poker), from Terra Nova is part of the plant trials for 2013.

Echinacea 'Leilani' (Prairie Pillars Series)

Echinacea ‘Leilani’ (Prairie Pillars Series) (coneflower) in the Show Garden.

Echinacea 'Colorburst Orange'

Echinacea ‘Colorburst Orange’ (coneflower) in the Show Garden, part of the perennial collection being trialled for 2013.


Verbena bonariensis

Verbena bonariensis (Brazilian vervain, tall verbena) This tender perennial self-seeds freely in the Toronto region, reaching up to 4 feet, flowering from mid-summer to frost.

Asclepias incarnata 'Ice Ballet'

Where are all the monarchs?  I’ve been asked this more than a few times!  We are doing our part here in the garden to keep the ‘monarch highway’ open by not weeding out all of the native asclepias (milkweed).  Seen here is Asclepias incarnata ‘Ice Ballet’ (swamp milkweed) in the Entry Garden.

Platycodon grandiflorus 'Blue'

Platycodon grandiflorus ‘Blue’ (balloon flower) has upward-facing, bell-shaped flowers which continue throughout summer; in the Herb Garden.

Hemerocallis 'Pardon Me'

After a good rain Hemerocallis ‘Pardon Me’ (daylily) in the Entry Garden.

Helenium 'Moerheim Beauty'

Helenium ‘Moerheim Beauty’ (sneezeweed) also holds up well after a hard rain, in the Entry Garden.

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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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