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.