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This Week in the Gardens: Inspiring Late-Summer Plant Combinations (Aug 29)

Laurel Rimmer, Assistant Director of Public Programs, explores evidence of fall in the gardens.

After a (busy) summer hiatus, we return to the blog with some inspiring, late-summer plant combinations from the Flower Garden and Elliptical Garden. Just a taste of marvelous plants and plant combinations to be featured this fall!

The Flower Garden is looking particularly luxuriant and colorful this week. On the left, tender plants in hot colors electrify the “red bed”. Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Tokyo Delight’, featured on the right, holds its color well into the fall.

Luscious Salvia vanhouttei ‘Peach’ and fine-textured Agastache rupestris repeat a color theme. It is flanked, on the right, by a shot of young, blue-needled conifers (Chamaecyparis lawsoniana ‘Blue Surprise’ ), along with frothy, purple love grass (Eragrostis spectabilis) and tall verbena (Verbena bonariensis), all pick up the colors in the stone foundation of the Tropical House.

Pictured of the left is a lovely heirloom Gladiolus ‘Carolina Primrose’ with a blue Caryopteris, outside the Flower Garden fence. You can’t loose with Verbena bonariensis; here it is again, on the right here, with a ‘Picotee’ cosmos.

There are lots of new plants to see in the Elliptical Garden! Here on the left is a teaser: tall Rudbeckia subtomentosa ‘Henry Eilers’ and a Vernonia species (ironweed). On the right, a gold-tinged Heuchera cultivar in a tasteful, concrete pot marks the shady boundary of the Elliptical Garden.

And one not-to-miss plant from the Wild Garden: autumn-blooming Scilla scilloides (which we sometimes fondly call “the silly scilla”). This wonderful, late-season bulb naturalizes in the garden and offers a wonderful surprise when it pops up along the path.

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