What’s in Bloom: What a beauty …

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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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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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