It’s high summer. Hot as you know what. Here in the metro DC area, gardens are starting to struggle (including mine). So recently I decided to venture out to Green Spring Gardens, in Alexandria VA, a Fairfax County public garden known for its great plantings (as well as its excellent educational offerings for gardeners). I wanted to see what was blooming, or otherwise looking good, despite the challenging summer climate. Here’s what I found – an impressive mix of annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees. If you live in the area, take a road trip for yourself!
Castor bean plants make a bold statement among coleus and other annuals and perennials in the parking lot beds.
The garden’s arbor, framed by crape myrtle blooms and the driveway’s perennial border
Joe Pye weed near the conservatory
Bee balm (monarda) and Cornus sericaea ‘Sunshine’
Tall sunflowers in front of Joe pye weed.
Even in the shade, the garden’s borders are impressive. Oakleaf hydrangea and Verbascum play off each other.
Golden cypress, smoketree in bloom, and orange perennials combine to wonderful effect.
Bees enjoying the thistles near the vegetable garden.
Chastetree in bloom near the visitors’ center.
A small seating area behind the visitors’ center with a wide variety of plantings.
At the back of the visitors’ center, a garden of succulents and tropicals.
A brilliantly colored wall sets off cactus and other xeriscape plants.
Garden Shoots will be on vacation until after Labor Day. See you in September!