A Gardening Year

The adventures and misadventures of an heirloom gardener

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Straw Hats go to a Garden Party

The Straw Hat Society was back at Colonial Park (home of van der Goot Rose Garden) for the annual Garden Party. I’ve been wanting to go back to see the perennial beds in bloom. I wasn’t disappointed.

I even found a new must-have plant for my garden, Russian Sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia).

It was everywhere, in different combinations.

I liked it with Shasta Daisies . . .

It looked good with daylilies too . . .

And with phlox.

Speaking of combinations, doesn’t this one just take your breath away?

I really liked this Bluebeard shrub (Caryopteris x clandonensis ‘Blue Mist’). It’s a small, mounding shrub, 2’-4’ tall and 3’-4’ wide that blooms from mid-summer into fall. The flowers are fragrant and attract butterflies. Hmmmm . . . this might be a good choice for my failed Butterfly Garden.

The only disappointment of the day was when we were unable to find a label for these lilies. I’ve never seen any this tall. Have you?

More pictures of the gardens can be seen on Flickr.


At 7:01 PM, Blogger Bev said...

Those are beautiful photos and plant combinations. I have about 20 Russian sage plants and love them. They do go beautifully with so many other plants. My problem is that they get too tall and if it REALLY rains hard they tend to "flop." But even so they are great. Also the Blue Mist. It has proved very easy to grow for me. I think you would like it.

At 7:48 PM, Blogger Nancy said...

Thank you for visiting my blog! You've got some beautiful pictures on your's. I'm wondering if they're asiatic lillies.... We have some that tall at the nursery where I work. They're pretty amazing. Nancy

At 8:09 PM, Blogger ~~ Melissa said...

The lilies are really, really tall here this year-much like those in your photo. I've seen some as tall as 7-8 feet. Apparently they like this year's whacky weather patterns....

You keep getting me with the lovely purple/yellow combos. I've got to get me some.

At 9:48 PM, Blogger Kerri said...

Those gardens are truly spectacular. Russian Sage is another plant I want to try. It looks wonderful with the lilies, daisies and phlox, especially that particular shade of daylily. Gorgeous photos!
Thanks for sharing your garden tour!!

At 12:49 AM, Blogger Sylvana said...

My neighbor has some lilies that are over 6' tall. She calls them tiger lilies - but then she calls all Asiatic/oriental lilies "tiger" lilies.

Great pictures. I have Russian sage and love it. It is easy to grow, but slow to start in the spring, like hibiscus. So if you grow it, be sure to give it time in the spring.

At 5:59 PM, Blogger Annie in Austin said...

Those blue and yellow combinations look wonderful to me, too, OldRoses. My perovskia wants less water and more open sun, so it's not standing as straight as it should, but it's still pretty. Kerri should have no problem growing them with her sunny borders.

The tall unnamed lily is astonishing.

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

At 8:37 PM, Blogger Gloria said...

The russian sage really looks nice as a foil for other flowers but the yellow daylilies really shine.
I think that is Tiger lilies. Mine grew to about 7-8 ft last year but with less rain and cooler temperatures they are just about 5-6 ft this year.
Picture on post for bloom day...

At 11:14 PM, Blogger LostRoses said...

OldRoses, the Russian Sage is a great foil for so many plants, I highly recommend it. But as Annie mentioned, it really likes less water, not more, so that's something to keep in mind when planting it. A couple of mine are way too close to a sprinkler head so they tend to flop but they're still great. So is Blue Mist Spirea, another garden stalwart.


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