The tour began looking at this great Rudbeckia 'Denver Daisy'. What a great presentation in the garden. It is planted in front of Salvia --prpbably 'Victoria Blue' and Gomphrena. In the back is a Millet, not sure of the name. Great full colors.
There is one area in the garden where they have the American Garden Award plants. This is sort of like American Idol for gardeners. Here is what they have to say about it--
What is AGA?
The American Garden Award is a unique opportunity for the gardening public to vote on a specific flower that they think has the most appealing garden characteristics. Some of the world's most prestigious flower breeders have chosen their best varieties to enter in this competition. Then, in cooperation with over 24 highly respected public gardens throughout the United States, we present the entries so consumers can view the plants in person, then vote on their favorite. For those consumers and home gardeners who are unable to make it to view these flowers in person, the above link allows voting on this website.
So without further ado-- Here are the plants for 2011. (You can also see them on their web site)
The Dianthus isn't doing well in our wet clay, hot humid weather....as evident here!
So jump on over to American Garden Awards and vote for your favorite!
And now for my goodies................yes I did bring home some plants, duh!! I bought 9 Heuchera, 3 each of 'Mocha', 'Frosted Violet' and 'Pinot Noir', a Geranium 'Rozanne' to replace one that was eaten, and........
'Prince Charles', yes I know I ordered a 'Charlie's White' Peony, which will be delivered in the fall, but this was too perfect~
Also bought some Japanese Forest Grass, Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola' for some of my shady areas and a Brugmansia....love them. Also in my basket was an Amaryllis 'Papilio'---will keep you posted on its progress.
Monday was one of the few days were we didn't have a thunderstorm in the afternoon, so we went on a boat ride....chasing the setting sun as we headed home.
I love the sunsets we get over the lake.
Friday night is date night. We managed to stay out of the rain (for the most part). As we drove home the skies were the most amazing colors. It was almost as if they were ablaze.