This week I return in a series of photographs to the Toronto Botanical Gardens.
Nature's Garden is an area of the TBG devoted largely to native plants.
My picture makes it look modest in size, but in reality, this was a very grand urn.
Begonia 'Yadev' (Million Kisses)
Coleus, Solenostemon scutellarioides 'Rustic Orange'
Rudbeckia subtomentosa 'Little Henry': Rudbeckia subtomentosa or Sweet Coneflower is native plant found in an area that runs from the midwestern states into Texas. It is a tall, upright plant with quilled yellow flowers with brown centres. 'Little Henry' blooms from midsummer into fall and is attractive to butterflies. It will grow in a range of soils types and tolerates moist to fairly dry growing conditions. Full sun or light shade. Height: 80-90 cm (30-35 inches) Spread: 55-60 cm (20-23 inches) USDA Zones: 4-9
The Beryl Ivey Knot Garden is a contemporary twist on a traditional knot garden.
Great Blue Lobelia or Cardinal Flower, Lobelia syphilitica and Lobelia syphilitica 'Alba'
A mix of cream and pink varieties of Echinacea.
A pretty pink Sedum for which I could not find an identification tag.
Tall white Nicotiana spills over the clipped hedges in the Knot Garden.
Nicotiana with Cone Flowers (Echinacea), Russian Sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia) and a variegated Miscanthus in the background.
The small trial gardens at the TBG.
An unidentified cultivar of Agastache.
Gaillardia aristata 'Gallo Fire': 'Fire' has red-orange flowers on a compact mound of light green leaves. Full sun. This is a plant ideal for normal or sandy soil with dry growing conditions. Its hardiness is still being confirmed, but 'Fire' is likely to be hardy to zone 4. Height: 20-30 cm (10-12 inches) Spread: 30 cm (12 inches) USDA Zones 4-9.
A colorful mix that includes: Dipladenia, Mandevilla 'Rio', Guara, Guara lindheimeri 'Belleza Early Pink', Anise-scented Sage, Salvia guaranitica 'Black and Blue', Greek Basil, Ocimum x citriodorum 'Pesto Perpetual', Trailing Petunia, Petunia "Surfinia Heavenly Blue', Fan Flower, Pink Ivy Geranium, Pelargonium 'Balcon Pink', Spurge, Euphorbia hypericifolia 'Breathless White' and Curly Parsley.
Pelargonium 'Balcon Pink'
Salvia guaranitica 'Black and Blue': has deep cobalt blue flowers and is a tender perennial that blooms from July to frost. Full sun to light shade in rich, loamy soil. Height: 60-90 cm (20-35 cm), Spread: 60-90 cm (20-35 cm). This cultivar must be propagated from cuttings. Hardy Zones: 8-10.
Up shortly are a couple of long overdue posts on my own garden. I also am working on a blog post with more of my experiments with drying flowers.