July 25, 2013

What’s beautiful now?

Reds, pinks, purples, and everything in between. The hibiscus blooming in the Perennial Garden and Home Gardening Center are certainly the stand-outs—they’re as big as cereal bowls and impossible to overlook. Pink and purple astilbe balance them out. And alongside, you might run into the hybrid ‘Black Beauty’ lilies, which aren’t actually black by any stretch of the imagination, but we’re not about to throw a fit over the misnomer.

Speaking of misnomers, that puff of purple strings there is known as Liatris—cultivar ‘Kobold’. Depending on your understanding of the mythological creature, that can either refer to a friendly, gnome-like creature, or a mine-dwelling horror. But judging by the playful color and texture, I’m leaning toward the former as inspiration.

You’ll find the dainty pink crape myrtle flaunting what its got along the Ladies’ Border, right next door to the Perennial Garden. Of course, these are just a handful of lookers. Finding the rest on idle walks is half the fun. —MN

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