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It's been a hot summer. See what takes the heat and keeps on looking great (as of 8/27/16)!
Are you an orchid fan?
The Linnaeus Garden was given a beautiful collection of orchids in memory of Kenneth W. Fielder, American Orchid Society Judge, and his wife of 60 years, Garney V. Fielder. The orchids are all different varieties of Vanda orchids, one of Mr. Fielder's favorites.
Not knowing anything about orchids, I cannot say if the varieties we have are easy to grow, but I can say that these lovely orchids have been blooming steadily throughout the summer. And that they are stunning.
Our varieties include Carol Holdren Crownfox, Heide Nute Crownfox, and Boonyarit Delight.
Come see our orchids, in hanging pots in the shaded area just south of the Herb Garden. (2016)
Orchid Cascade Dwarf Crape Myrtle is great plant if you want to bring big color into a small space.
This unique, compact plant has lovely orchid-lavender flowers that cascade down to the ground in summer. It only grows 12 to 16 inches tall and spreads 3 to 4 feet wide.
Orchid Cascade can be planted as a low-growing hedge, and it works well in both formal and informal landscapes. You can use it as an accent, in borders, or for container gardening.
Crape Myrtle is easy to grow and needs full sun and well-drained soil. Nothing can compare to the heat-loving crape myrtle that gives us blooms from mid-summer on.
Our Orchid Cascade is at the foot of the Boulder Garden near where the east and west walking paths converge. (2016)
Would you like some color in your garden? It's easy with Garvinea...Garvinea is a revolutionary new gerbera with a unique combination of features. Using genetics from wild South African plants, breeders have managed to come up with a color palette of strong, prolific, free flowering gerberas which have cold tolerance and superior pest and disease resistance.
Garvinea are happy in full sun to part shade and look gorgeous mass planted in garden beds and large containers. What Garvinea lacks in flower size compared to other gerberas is more than made up for by the quantity of flowers, with each plant yielding well over 70 blooms per year. They provide continuous color from spring right through summer to the end of autumn. Garvinea are winter hardy and survive where temperatures may drop to -5°C. Come spring the flowers will start popping up for another long season. Being pest and disease tolerant means that Garvinea are much easier to grow than most other gerberas.
You can find Garvinea on the sunny side of the Entry Garden above the driveway test beds.(2016)
Henry Eilers Coneflower is a sweet coneflower cultivar that typically grows to 3-5’ tall on stiff, upright, leafy stems. It was found growing in the wild in a railroad prairie remnant in Montgomery County, Illinois. The flowers’s yellow rays are rolled instead of flat, giving the flower a quilled effect. The center disks are dome-shaped, and bloom in clusters atop strong, sometimes-branching stems from July to September. Dark gray-green leaves (3-6” long) have a mild sweet aroma. The cultivar was discovered by Henry Eilers, a well-known nurseryman in southern Illinois, and was introduced by Larry Lowman of Ridgecrest Nursery and Gardens in Wynne, Arkansas in 2003.
This can be seen in the Fountain Garden (2016)
Grow White Lightning in any climate.
Cheery crisp white daisy blooms with a yellow center are striking even “asleep,”. Its yellow undersides makes it appealing even when the flower is closed on cloudy days. And it presents well when the flowers partially close and both colors are visible.
Osteospermum White Lightning also looked great in the Linnaeus Garden well into the fall. After our first frost in early November, it looked as crisp and cheerful as it did in summer.
These prolific plants produce stunning flowers all summer long.
The Osteospermum Blue-Eyed Beauty is a one-of-a-kind African daisy with stunning blue eyes, that also continues blooming from early spring through autumn. These prolific plants mound 12"-14” and produce armfuls of really pretty cut flowers that will be the talk around your dinner table; meanwhile, back in the garden, these plants are star performers in both sun and shade.
You can find these fresh daisy-like flowers above our test beds along the curved drive outside the fence.(2016)
Supertunias are a vigorously trailing species of an ever-blooming, long living petunia from Australia. They will provide long term color in full sun areas throughout the season, and can grow nearly an inch a day. They are ideal for baskets, beds, balconies, and combination plantings. Supertunias are very heat and drought tolerant once established in the ground or pot.
Supertunias do not need to have their dead flower heads removed to continue flowering and they are not leggy. They grow fast and therefore need ample moisture and fertilizer.
Look throughout our garden areas including the Entry and Boulder Gardens to see amazing displays of Supertunias - absolutely beautiful throughout the summer.(2016)
Lantana is a genus of about 150 species of perennial flowering plants in the verbena family, Verbenaceae. In our Tulsa zone they are usually considered annuals because of our colder weather in the winter. If we have a mild winter this plant can come back in the spring.
Lantana's aromatic flower clusters (called umbels) are a mix of red, orange, yellow, or blue and white florets. Other colors exist as new varieties are being selected. The flowers typically change color as they mature, resulting in inflorescences that are two- or three-colored. If you have a hot, baked spot, lantana is your answer. This hardworking plant not only thrives with little moisture and in full, unyielding sun, it does so with ease.
In fact, lantana is a flower that seems to have it all: it produces an abundance of brightly colored flowers all summer and fall; it's a magnet for butterflies and hummingbirds; it's easy to grow and a great choice for containers.
Lucky Lemon Cream and Bandito Rose Lantana are newly introduced varieties. They bloom up to three weeks earlier than other compact lantanas. They bloom from spring through fall and grow in a mounded compact shape.
Specimens are located in beds outside the gates along the curved drive below the Entry Garden. The butterflies have been abundant.(2016)
If you like to watch butterflies and humming birds in your yard, this tough phlox which grows in 3' tall clumps is a winner. This perennial phlox was named after an outstanding San Antonio nurseryman.
It is a hardy perennial with showy clusters of light pink blossoms with darker pink throats accompanied with dark green foliage. It has a compact growth habit and is heat and drought tolerant.
It can be found in the Boulder Garden by the pond and don't be surprised to find butterflies enjoying it.(2016)
We all admire the beauty of a lotus blossom. Additionally, they provide a tremendous amount of benefit within nature. Lotus is a genus that contains many dozens of species distributed world-wide, roughly between 70 and 150. It is a genus which is adapted to a wide range of habitats, from coastal environments to high altitudes.
Most species have leaves with three leaflets, but also two large stipules at the base roughly equal in size to the leaflets, thus appearing to have five leaflets; some species have pinnate leaves with up to 15 leaflets.
The flowers are in clusters of 3-10 together at the apex of a stem with some basal leafy bracts. This genus can fix nitrogen from the air courtesy of their root nodules, making it useful as a cover crop.
The Lotus flower is a symbol of purity, wisdom and enlightenment. Throughout many cultures over time, the lotus has been a powerful image and spiritual symbol. The lotus plant starts its life rooted in the mud and over time rises through the water to blossom above the water into a beautiful, radiant flower which always brings an uplifting feeling when viewing these amazing plants in our pond. (2016)
Have you thought about using vegetable plants as a decorative planting on your patio that would be a great conversation starter? Cotton and Sorghum would meet that criteria.
These two plants normally have two totally different purposes; in addition to being crop plants, they are also used by farmers as rotation plants to increase the yield for each plant.
The cotton plant is generally a shrubby plant having broad three-lobed leaves and seeds in capsules or bolls; each seed is surrounded with downy fiber, white or creamy in color and easily spun. Imagine explaining to your children or grandchildren how their t-shirts are made from this plant.
New for 2016: We have a naturally-colored cotton plant growing in a container in our Vegetable Garden - Red Cotton!
Naturally-colored cotton is cotton that has been bred to have colors other than the yellowish off-white typical of modern commercial cotton fibers. Colors grown include red, green and several shades of brown. When the boles actually open, the cotton tends to be a rather washed out shade of one of the colors. The cotton's natural color does not fade. Yields are typically lower and the fiber is shorter and weaker than the more commonly available "white" cotton.
This form of cotton may feel softer to the skin and has a pleasant smell. Naturally-colored cotton is still relatively rare because it requires specialized harvest techniques and facilities, making it more expensive to harvest than white cotton. By the 1990s most indigenous colored cotton landacres or cultivars grown in Africa, Asia and Central and South America were replaced by all-white, commercial varieties (source: Wikipedia).
The Sorghum plant is a genus of numerous species of grasses, some of which are raised for grain and many of which are used as fodder plants either cultivated or as part of a pasture. Researching these plants can give you a lot of material to use for great conversations along with providing you with a very different and interesting plant to watch as it matures.
See cotton and sorghum growing in our Vegetable Garden. (2016)
Dichondra Silver Falls has soft, rounded, silver colored leaves on trailing stems. It can be used as a ground cover or for great contrast in a mixed plant container. It also is effective along rock walls where it can cascade downward. From a hanging basket, it will cascade downwards to 3-6’ long in one season. As a ground cover, plants only rise to 2-4” tall, but spread rapidly by stems rooting at the nodes to 3-4’ wide in one season.
You can see Dichondra Silver Falls in our Entry Garden and along the border of the drive. (2016)
Desert Willow is a smallish size tree with willow-like foliage. It has a mature height and spread of approximately 12 to 15 feet. It's a perfect size for planting near a deck, patio or garden entry. But Desert Willow's most endearing quality is its sweet-scented, orchid like flowers that appear in late spring through early summer. Flowers have the delightful aroma of sweet violets and come in lovely shades of white, pink and lavender-maroon.
You can find this very unusual tree on the east side of the staircase in the Boulder Garden.(2016)
Last Updated 8/27/2016