What's in bloom at the Toronto Botanical Garden

Archive for December, 2009

>Dec. 21-Jan.4

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In the Garden Hall Courtyard:
Cotoneaster dammeri (Bearberry Cotoneaster) with Picea pungens ‘Procumbens’ (Colorado Spruce); the red berries of this fast growing groundcover cotoneaster are striking againt the prostrate, cascading blue branches of the spruce
In the Show Garden:
Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘Filifera Aureovariegata’ (Sawara Cypress); low growing conifer, strong bi-colour in this variegated form of false cypress, with long thin thread-like foliage
In the Show garden:
Pinus sylvestris Aurea Group (Golden Scots Pine); Golden form of Scots Pine, the thick needles are a bright golden colour in winter
In the Nature Garden – Ravine
Cornus sericea ‘Flaviramea’ (Gold Twig Dogwood); has best winter colour when planted in full sun, exceptionally hardy Zone 3

In the Water Garden North:
Magnolia x loebneri ‘Merrill’ (Magnolia); a small deciduous tree grown for large white star-shaped flowers in spring on bare stems; buds seen here on beautiful framework of branches are susceptible to late winter frosts
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>Dec. 9-21

>In the Nature Garden you will find:

Myrica pensylvanica (Bayberry); leaves are aromatic when crushed, waxy blue berries in late fall and winter, native to open forests of Ontario

In the Nature Garden:
Cornus sanguinea ‘Winter Beauty’ (Bloodtwig Dogwood); will tolerate a wide range of soils however prefers an organically moist, rich medium; noted for its orange-yellow stems tipped with red in fall and winter

In the Knot Garden:

Thuja occidentalis ‘Smaragd’ (American Arborvitae) framed by Buxus ‘Green Velvet’ (Boxwood); a narrow upright evergreen with dense foliage held tightly upright, remains bright green year-round, surrounded by a box hedge

In the Garden Hall Courtyard-Water Channel:
Hydrangea quercifolia (Oakleaf Hydrangea) ; oakleaf’s thrive with little attention and are a true four-season interest shrub; here the brilliant red leaves of fall stunning against the white snow

In the Westview Terrace:

Daphne x burkwoodii ‘Carol Mackie’ (Burkwood Daphne); semi-evergreen variegated foliage with fragrant pink blooms in spring, here against a backdrop of the first snow fall

>Dec.2-9

>Because of the warm weather, wonderful blooms continue at the TBG!

In the Garden Hall Courtyard you will find:
Helleborus niger ‘Maximus’ (Christmas Rose) ; normal bloom time is late winter/early spring but this year it will be in bloom for Christmas here.

In the Garden Hall Courtyard:
Mahonia aquifolium (Oregon Grape); evergreen shrub with thick dark green holly-like foliage, buds begin to form in winter; belonging to Barberry Family; yellow pigment from its roots was used by First Nations of British Columbia as a dye .

In the Garden Hall Courtyard:
Leucothoe fontanesiana (Drooping Leucothoe or Doghobble); broadleaf evergreen shrub with glossy dark green foliage turns to red-green and purple in winter

In the Garden Hall Courtyard:
Bergenia ‘Bressingham Ruby’ (Elephant’s Ears) a British selection with deep maroon winter colour; reliably evergreen and winter hardy for North American gardens.

In the Garden Hall Courtyard:
Pieris japonica ‘Mountain Fire’ (Japanese Pieris); this variety is thoroughly evergreen with the new bright red growth appearing in late winter & early spring, which change to green by fall