Friday, September 21, 2012

Virtual Garden Tour: Stonecrop Gardens: Part 5 (Cercidiphyllum japonicum 'Pendulum' "Weeping Katsura Tree")

On our sunset tour of Stonecrop Gardens, we dicovered yet another trasure! In between the waterfall and the stone bridge (at the Lake and Hillside Gardens), stands a majestic Cercidiphyllum japonicum 'Pendulum' (Weeping Katsura Tree).

The weeping Katsura, like it's upright cousin, has deeply textured bark and the deliciously scented (golden/apricot-colored) fall foliage. But the wide and weeping form of Cercidiphyllum japonicum 'Pendulum' makes this specimen tree even more dramatic.

Deer resistant, cold hardy, and eminently attractive, if you can find a home for this specimen tree in your own back yard, we highly recommend it!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Virtual Garden Tour: Stonecrop Gardens: Part 4 (Cercidiphyllum japonicum "Katsura Tree")

One of the greatest parts of touring established gardens and estates is the chance to see mature specimens before you plant them in your own back yard. It is hard to imagine what a tree in a two gallon container at Victoria Gardens will look like in 20 or 30 years.

The Katsura is one of our favorite trees of all time, and at Stonecrop there was this amazing specimen (growing right up through a deck off the main house!)

Katsuras are deer resistant trees, with deeply textured bark, and well-shaped foliage that puts out a sweet fragrance as it changes color in the fall. Some people liken the scent to cotton candy, baking cookies, or baking muffins (yum!)

But look at the great form and the scultural upright brancing. Beautiful!


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Virtual Garden Tour: Stonecrop Gardens: Part 3

For their Open Days Tour, the staff at Stonecrop Gardens numbers and identifies over 800 plant species throughout the 12 acres of gardens!

Salvia 'Coral Nymph'
Dahlia Pastel Orange (Single Group)

Dahlia 'City of Alkmaar' (Cactus Group)

Dahlia 'Crazy Legs' (Double Orchid Group)

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Virtual Garden Tour: Stonecrop Gardens: Part 2

On our sunset tour of Stonecrop Gardens, we approached the charming (and organized) potting shed. Surrounded by raised stone beds and trough gardens planted with tiny alpines and sedum.

Other raised stone beds were planted with juniper and sweet autumn clematis that trailed down the stone wall, tumbling along the grass like a flowering ground cover.

Sedums and alpines artfully planted in mounds inside the troughs and stone beds create miniature landscapes full of contrasting colors and texture.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Virtual Garden Tour: Stonecrop Gardens: Part 1

Yesterday we took a private sunset tour through the amazing Stonecrop Gardens in Cold Spring, NY. The very first thing (one of many) that struck us was the "floating" Conservatory. With water lilies, irises, and pondside grasses, the Conservatory building seems to be magically placed in the center of the pond and bubbling water feature.

This is a little preview of the other structures and buildings through out the property. (We'll get to the many (many!) beautiful gardens in Part 2 and 3 (later this week).


Monday, September 10, 2012

September Blooms

Gentiana 'True Blue'
(Deer resistant! 'True Blue' late season bloomer!)

Coreopsis 'Creme Brulee'

 Gaillardia 'Fanfare Blaze'

Buddlea 'Low and behold'
(Dwarf Butterfly Bush)

'Dilly Dilly Compact Lavander

Buddleia 'White Profusion'

Achillea 'Moonshine'

Hameln Dwarf Fountain Grass
(Grows 24 inches tall by 24 inches wide! Perfect for perennial gardens.)

Hardy Plumbago
Ceratostigma plumbaginoides
(Late blooming ground cover, grows in sun or shade!)

Pieris 'Little Heath'
(Variegated Andromeda)

Sweet Autumn Clematis Vines
Profuse bloomers. Lovely fragrance.

Athyrium 'Ghost'
Painted fern

Spigelia marilandica

(Late blooming, deer-resistant, native, shade perennial!)