In between visiting Out on a Limb and the Summer Palace at the Morris Arboretum two weekends ago, I spent some time in the Rose Garden. Given the lateness of the summer and the horribly high temperatures the Eastern Seaboard experienced this year, I didn’t expect it to look like much. Fortunately, I was wrong.
OK, I have to admit that the roses weren’t prolifically blooming, but they had been carefully deadheaded and here and there beautiful flowers caught my eye. I’m usually not one for multi-colored roses, but the grandiflora rose ‘Wild Blue Yonder’ shown above was quite eye-catching, with hints of blue in some of the older blossoms. I have a soft spot for grandifloras since they bloom for such a long period, even if their individual blossoms aren’t huge.
What I enjoyed the most, however, was drinking in the overall slightly blowsy, high-summer feel of the garden and seeing what companion plants had been placed in it, to complement the roses. There was the obligatory central-splashing-fountain, attracting children and adults alike,
but my eyes kept returning to fennel plants in flower, rising up around Cotinus branches whose dark color provided the perfect foil to the golden and gold-brown tones of the fennel.
In addition to the fennel, there was a great blue salvia in bloom.
In the nooks and crannies of the stone walls at the entrance to the garden were sedums and other rock-garden types of plants, softening the stone and giving visitors more details to notice.
The overall views were pretty impressive.
At the rear of the garden, tucked away in a corner, there was a small gazebo, through which you could admire the stone pots planted with simple white annuals, which helped define the boundaries of the garden.
After the Rose Garden, I headed on to Chanticleer, where I spent a number of hours that evening and the next morning taking in its own special summer beauties. Soon, a post on that – but this weekend I’m in Connecticut to see some Open Days gardens in Litchfield County, so I’m not sure which I’ll write about next!