What's in bloom at the Toronto Botanical Garden

Archive for September, 2009

>Sept. 29-Oct.6

>In the Entry Garden you will find:
Tricyrtis formosana ‘Samurai’ (Toad Lily); the most popular cultivar, it has variegated foliage with creamy almost gold edges.

In the Garden Hall Courtyard:
Actaea simplex ‘Black Negligee’ (Black Bugbane); Black foliage and stems with purple-tinted white flowers.

In the Garden Hall Courtyard:
Aconitum ‘Cloudy’ (Monkshood). This cultivar is characterized by its upright habit. Soft blue and white flowers are held upon thick, strong, flowering stems.

In the Show Garden:
Pinus thumbergii ‘Oculus-draconis’ (Dragon’s Eye Pine). It gets its name from the banded yellow and green needles which give the illusion of an eye.

In the Nature Garden:
Aciepias tuberosa (Butterfly Milkweed); An Ontario native, it has striking orange flowers in summer followed by these spectacular seed pods. This plant is a primary food source for Monarch butterflies.

In the Knot Garden:
Iris germanica ‘Immortality’ (Tall Bearded Iris). A beautiful white iris known for its consistent rebloom in late summer/early fall.

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>Sept 23-29

>The fall gardens at TBG are full of spectacular colourful blooms!
In the Show Garden North you will find:
Caryopteris x clandonensis ‘Summer Sorbet’ (Bluebeard) left, with Agastache ‘Summer Glow’ (Anise Hyssop) and Petunia [Supertunia Vista Bubblegum] (Petunia).

In the Show Garden South:
Eunonymus phellomanus (Eunonymus) another blog repeat performer showcasing its seasonal value, this time featuring its colourful fall fruit

Also in the Show Garden South:
Taxodium distichum ‘Peve Minaret’ (Bald Cypress), a dwarf form of the bald cypress growing approximately 5 cm a year

In the Kitchen Garden:
Colcasia esculenta ‘Tea Cup’ (Taro, Elephant’s Ear) which features an unusual leaf from that holds water like a tea cup! It reaches four feet with dark purple stems.

In the Knot Garden:
Anemone x hybrida ‘Whirlwind’ (Japanese Anemone), a large white semi-double flowering anemone reaching 67-70 cms and blooming through late summer to October.

In the Entry Garden:

Aster oblongifolius ‘October Skies’ (Michaelmas Daisy). This aster’s blue colour is meant to reflect the deep blue sky of October. It tolerates drought and poor soil.

>Sept 15-22

>In the Show Garden you will find:
Ilex verticillata ‘Nana’ (Winterberry) hardy in Zones 3-9. The flowers are insignificant but it produces large bright red berries

In the Water Garden North:
Sedum (Autumn Joy) = ‘Herbstfreude’ (Stonecrop) with Aster laevis ‘Bluebird’ (Smooth Aster). A classic perennial, ‘Autumn Joy’ is arguably the most popular of the sedums with pink flower heads deepening to bronzy red. A great plant in combination with fall flowering asters.

In the Show Garden:
Sedum rupestre ‘Angelina’ (Stonecrop) with Ajuga reptans ‘Black Scallop’ (Bugleweed). The Ajuga’s almost black leaves make a stunning combination with the sedum’s golden yellow evergreen foliage which turns reddish-orange in fall.

In the Herb and Show Garden:
Rhus typhina (Tiger Eyes) = Bailtiger (Cutleaf Sumac) with its stunning fall colour combines exquisitely with Dahlia ‘Embrace’ (Small Semi-cactus) (Dahlia) from the TBG’s Dahlia collection.

In the Entry Garden:
Acer griseum (Paperbark Maple) known for its stunning bark. Hardy in Zones 4-9.

In the Entry Garden:

Panicum virgatum ‘Shenandoah’ (Switch Grass) interplanted with Panicum virgatum ‘Strictum’ (Switch Grass, Panic Grass) both known for their fall colour. Shenandoah is already turning red while Strictum will turn yellow in fall.

>September 8-14

>In the Garden Hall Courtyard you will find:
Anemone x hybrida ‘Robustissima’ (Grapeleaf Anemone), a shorter variety with strong flowering ability late into fall.

In the Show Garden North:
Dahlia ‘Granny Norman’ (Medium semi-cactus Dahlia). With the change in season, dahlias at the TBG show spectacular blooms and colour.

Also in the Show Garden North:
Hydrangea paniculata ‘Phantom’ (Pee Gee Hydrangea), featured once before and now turning colour for late summer/ early fall display. Great for cutting.

In the Entry Garden:
Panicum virgatum ‘Cloud Nine’ (Switch Grass), a great specimen providing a stunning focal point in the garden.

Also in the Entry Garden:
Pennisetum alopecuroiudes ‘Cassian’ (Fountain Grass), a beautiful clump-forming grass that provides flowers through till winter

>The week of September 2-7

>In the Entry Garden you will find:
Calamagrostis brachytricha (Korean Feather Reed Grass), a stately ornamental grass with blooms up to 25 cm which performs long after other plants have faded.

In the Show Garden North:
From Proven Winners, a grouping of new plant introductions including a coleus, Solenostemon scutellarioidea ColorBlaze ‘Dipt in Wine’, left, paired with Sedum telephium ‘Xenox’ (Stonecrop) and below them Heuchera ‘Venus’ (Fancy-leaf Coral Bells).

In the Show Garden South:

Acer tataricum ssp. ginnala ‘Flame’ (Amur Maple), a small bushy maple that is great for Northern gardens. Its leaves turn from green to red then yellow in fall.

In the Water Garden West
Hibiscus ‘Kopper King’ (Swamp Rose Mallow) one of the more popular perennial hibiscus for its white flowers with pink veining and dark coppery foliage.

In the Water Garden North:
Physostegia virginiana ‘variegata’ (Obediant Plant). While this plant is known for its late summer flowering and is prone to run, this variety stays in place and provides lovely variegated foliage along with lavender blooms. It is shown here with Verbena bonariensis (Brazilian Verbena) with its upright branching stems and magenta purple flowers and Sedum telephium ‘Black Jack’ (Stonecrop), a dark foliage variety.

In the Water Garden West you will find:

Hibiscus moscheutos ‘Carafe Grenache’ (Rose Mallow). A popular perennial for the late summer herbaceous border and completely hardy to Northern gardens, it dies back to the ground in fall and is one of the last to show in spring. In the background is Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii ‘Goldsturm’.