Dinosaur kale is an eye-catching addition to the landscape that can also be eaten! See it in the border north side of Monet Pond and elsewhere. Also in the crazy veg department, these ornamental cucumbers are for show only, but definitely provoke conversation.
Fiery Celosia is a colorful annual that comes in many shapes and sizes, including this spiky variety. Find this one in the All-America Selections Garden.
Aconitum napellus has a...
The landscape is vibrant with color and busy with bees and butterflies stocking up for the winter months. This globe amaranth (Gomphrena) made the perfect landing pad for a butterfly, and can be found lining the planters between Shady Lane and the Orangery.
In the Japanese Garden, the bush clover (Lespedeza) is blooming in magenta drifts.
To see that fall really is around the corner, take a long view of...
this Australian native called Eupomatia,
Some flowers just get going this time of year,
or this tiny-flowered goldenrod (Solidago ‘Fireworks’), on view in the Welcome Garden, Perennial Walk, Water Garden Gazebo, and elsewhere.
Take a look at the deep blue Anchusa in Shady Lane and elsewhere.
You Really Shouldn’t…
…grow here, that is. Caesalpinia gilliesii (bird of paradise) and Chilopsis linearis (desert willow) are just two of numerous plants that, by most reckonings, should not be perennial in our climate, but seem to do just fine here in the right microclimate.
Fun with Plants
Gomphocarpus physocarpus, a member of the milkweed family, and a reseeding annual in Colorado, is earning its common name—balloon plant—in South African Plaza just now....