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Althea Fireworks

Althea Fireworks

This woody shrub is excellent for late summer garden color. Plants can get to around 12' tall by 10' wide and grow in somewhat of a vase shape. Flowers are white, red, purple, pink or violet or a combination and either single or double.

Also known as Hibiscus Syriacus Tri Color, this plant starts to flower in June and continues through September. It grows well in about any soil and has done nicely in our garden during both rains and hot weather.

You can control the size of this plant with heavy pruning in the early spring each year which also helps to produce larger flowers in summer.

Althea Fireworks

You will find Althea Fireworks in our Fountain Garden and in the Entry Garden by the sidewalk along the driveway (2016).

Blackberry Lily (Belcomanda chiensis)

Blackberry Lily (Belcomanda chiensis)

The name comes from the clusters of shiny black seeds that are exposed when the seed pods burst open. Grown from a bulb, it's a member of the iris family not the lily. The fan shaped leaves will reach 2-3 feet in height.

You can view this plant near the pond at the Linnaeus Garden. (2016)

Acoma Crape Myrtle

Acoma Crape Myrtle

Tulsa's summer heat is a natural for growing crape myrtles, and their showy flowers really make any landscape in the dead of summer jump out with wonderful color. The semi-dwarf, slightly weeping growth habit of an Acoma give it an especially graceful appearance.

Along with its modest size (9 feet tall and 11 feet wide) and clusters of pure white flowers, this crape myrtle can brighten any special spot in a landscape. It provides abundant summer color with a minimum of maintenance, withstands droughts after becoming established, and is relatively free of disease and insect difficulties. Because of these features, crape myrtles should be used more often in the home landscape.

You can view these plants in the entry walk of the Linnaeus Garden.(2016)

Blushing Bride Hydrangea

Blushing Bride Hydrangea

The name of this new Hydrangea macrophylla says it all. Pure white blooms with semi-double florets gradually mature to a sweet, pink blush. Endless Summer Blushing Bride will add life and love to your garden and home virtually all season long.

Reliably blooming on both old and new growth, you can experience the beauty of Blushing Bride again and again, all summer long.

This gorgeous hydrangea can be found in our Entry Garden.(2016)

Pineapple Lily

Pineapple Lily Different view of a Pineapple Lily

Pineapple Lilies are a group of summer flowering perennials that are truly a show stopper. Our guests to the garden keep asking about this unusual plant. In the early spring this bulbous perennial's leaves appear and make you ask "What is it"? Then the long flower stem starts to appear sporting blooms that really do resemble the fruit of a pineapple. It is winter and summer hardy, but does seem to appreciate afternoon shade.

You can find Pinapple Lily in the Entry Garden and along the walk around the Boulder Garden near the Memorial Arch. (2016)

Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea

Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea - Spring

Vanilla flowers of spring

Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea - Fall

Strawberry fall blooms

Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea is a hybrid of an easy-growing, sun-loving hydrangea species. The unusual colors in the blooms of Vanilla Strawberry hydrangea distinguish this showy summer-flowering shrub.

Buds bloom out in incredibly dense white flowers with pinkish centers. As they age, blooms subtly take on a deeper and richer blush, ending in a fantastic, deep strawberry-red color and large cone-shape blooms that form continuously all summer long. The unique red color lasts for three to four weeks.

You can find this shrub in our entry garden.(2016)

Robert Poore Phlox

Robert Poore Phlox

The name phlox is derived from the Greek word for flame. 'Robert Poore' is a garden phlox cultivar that typically grows in an upright clump to 3'-4' tall. Fragrant, tubular flowers with long corolla tubes and five flat petal-like lobes are violet-pink. Individual flowers are densely arranged in large, terminal, pyramidal clusters in summer atop stiff, upright stems which seldom need staking.

It is a good fresh cut flower and is a staple of the perennial border. Mixes well with other perennials and provides long summer bloom. Regardless of flower color, garden phlox is attractive to hummingbirds and is a good selection for inclusion in a bird garden.

This plant is located in the Boulder Garden right next to the steps leading down to the barn.(2016)

John Fanick Phlox

John Fanick Phlox

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)

Swiss Chard

Swiss Chard

This leafy green vegetable is often used in Mediterranean cooking. It is considered to be one of the most healthful vegetables available. Not only that, it can add color to your 'edible' garden. The leaf blades can be green or reddish, while the leaf stalks are usually white, yellow, or red.

Pictured is "Bright Lights", which is growing in the Vegetable Garden(2016).

Purple Loosestrife

Purple Loosestrife

Purple loosestrife is an erect perennial herb in the loosestrife family, with a square, woody stem and opposite or whorled leaves. It's leaves are lance-shaped, stalk-less, and heart-shaped or rounded at the base.

Loosestrife plants grow from four to ten feet high, depending upon conditions, and produce a showy display of magenta-colored flower spikes throughout much of the summer. Flowers have five to seven petals. Mature plants can have from 30 to 50 stems arising from a single rootstock.

In the wild this plant is widely recognized as an invasive species that is difficult to control. However, horticultural species such as ours are sterile and can be used in your garden.

This plant can be found near the pond on the lower path.(2016)

Desert Willow

Desert Willow

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)

Lobelia Techno Blue

Lobelia Techno Blue

Here is an annual that will catch your eye with its low growing habit and lots of flowers. It shows off its stuff from late June through mid August. Grows in sun to partial sun with intense, cobalt blue flowers that have a good mounding and trailing habit and will not melt down in the heat as the old varieties did.

This little show stopper can be found in our Entry Garden and due to its wonderful blue color gives the visitor a cooling feeling. It's bright blue flowers also stand out in plantings throughout the Fountain Garden.(2016)

Last Updated 7/8/2016