What’s In Bloom: Fleeting & Longer-Lasting Flowers

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Many spring-flowering perennials seem fleeting, but are well worth it. For me, Oriental poppies, such as Papaver orientale ‘Princess Victoria Louise’ (shown here) in the Entry Garden, fall into this category.

Paeonia lactiflora 'Buckeye Belle'

Paeonia lactiflora ‘Buckeye Belle’ (semi-double herbaceous peony) has deep maroon-red petals. Garden peonies may also seem fleeting, but how can you live without them?

Paeonia 'Red Charm'

Paeonia ‘Red Charm’ (herbaceous hybrid peony) features deep-red double blooms on 91-centimetre (three-foot) stems. Both Red Charm and Buckeye Belle are extremely vibrant.

Paeonia 'Sequestered Sunshine'

In the Perennial Border, we’ve planted a collection of Itoh peonies. Here, Paeonia ‘Sequestered Sunshine’ has large single blooms with clear yellow petals. The Itoh peony is a hybrid between the herbaceous garden peony and the tree peony.

Paeonia suffruticosa 'Yoshinogawa'

Paeonia suffruticosa ‘Yoshinogawa’ (Tree peony) in the Way Finding Bed, an extension of the Perennial Border, has very large semi-double blush-pink flowers.

Allium christophii

Flowering in June this year at TBG, Allium christophii (Star of Persia) consists of a large flowerhead of up to 100 individual star-shaped flowers.

Amsonia tabernaemontana

Amsonia tabernaemontana (blue star) is long-flowering with pyramidal clusters of light-blue flowers. The foliage holds up well through summer and provides great fall colour.

Baptisia 'Purple Smoke' with Bee

So many perennials keep the pollinators coming back for more! In the Entry Garden, Baptisia ‘Purple Smoke’ (false indigo) is just that kind of plant.

Baptisia 'Carolina Moonlight'

Also in the Entry Garden, Baptisia ‘Carolina Moonlight’ (false indigo) has showy yellow lupine-like flowers.

Euphorbia griffithii 'Fireglow'

I love orange! For your orange fix, head to the Perennial Border and see Euphorbia griffithii ‘Fireglow’ (Griffith’s spurge). This plant is extremely easy to grow and hardy for colder climates.

Toad Prince 2014

And last, but certainly not least, welcome Toad Prince! Many more will be seen this year in the 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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