Elegant Silvers in Winter Perennials

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Elegant Silvers in Winter Perennials

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

This photo from the Island Garden depicts three of the finest perennials with elegant silver foliage in the winter landscape. They are growing in the living wall: Santolina Santolina chamaecyparissus (foreground), Silver Frost Lavender Lavandula ‘Silver Frost’ (middle plant) and Dwarf Horehound Ballota pseudocictamnus ‘Nana’ behind. Each has a different subtle shade and unique texture … Read More

Chapel Ice Sculpture

Friday, January 25, 2008

Janet Heter, Senior Gardener in the Rock & Waterfall-Meadow-Chapel Gardens shows off the Chapel Fountain this winter. It has become a beautiful ice sculpture with our recent subfreezing weather adding to the peacefulness and serenity of the chapel. Renowned architect Faye Jones designed this fountain as part of the entrance space to our chapel, which … Read More

Victoria Waterlilies Germinate and Grow!

Friday, January 25, 2008

Germination station for our Victoria waterlilies is a standard 10 gallon aquarium. Here Mark Gawron, Senior Gardener — Island Garden observes conditions for the germinating seed: the temperature is maintained at a steady 89F. Note the bit of water lettuce floating in the corner of the aquarium to keep algae growth down. Mark inspects the … Read More

From Tiny Seeds our Flowers Grow!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Faith in a Seed! Many of Powell Gardens’ flowers arrive as tiny seeds. In fact, this tiny petunia seed has been “peletized” (coated to make it larger and workable). The actual petunia seed is almost like dust. The tiny peletized seeds arrive in small vials, usually in quantities of 1,000. Jennifer Comer, Senior Gardener – … Read More

Sharp Gardening

Friday, January 18, 2008

Yuccas and Cacti are two spiny succulent groups of plants that act as evergreen shrubs in the winter landscape. Their striking form and texture provide great variety to the shrub or perennial border. Their colors hold true despite severe cold so they are always a welcome sight on a winter’s day.Golden Sword Yucca (Yucca filamentosa) … Read More