The New York Botanical Garden II

In my previous post, I gave you an overview of the 250 acres that comprise New York City’s magnificent botanical garden. In this post, I’ll get more specific.

For starters, check out this dusty miller (jacobaea maritima) in topiary form. We figured they must dig it up and overwinter it in one of the conservatories.

Everyone loved this hydrangea macrophylla “Frau Reiko.”  The flowers are much pinker in person, but still delicate enough to marry well in almost any garden.

While we’re on the subject, here’s another hydrangea that caught my eye.

And finally, this oakleaf, in full bloom. Gorgeous in the dappled light.

I know it’s probably not my place to question this, but a  bed of heuchera in a hot location in full sun? You can’t tell from the photo, but the plants looked unhappy and their leaves were beginning to crisp up.

On a happier note, there were many plantings of Japanese iris, and they were at their peak.

I will leave you with a photo of a stunning allee of huge tulip poplars – among my favorite trees.

In the next installment: the rose garden


About dirtynailz

Writer for a daily newspaper, gardener, tree hugger, orchid-grower, photographer, animal lover, hiker, wilderness seeker. Proponent of clover in the lawn and a dog on the bed.
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5 Responses to The New York Botanical Garden II

  1. cj wright says:

    That hydrangae that caught your eye is a lacecap hydrangae. I transplanted one from a florist into my shade garden. After a very slow start, it’s now huge. I’ve had it almost 9 years now, but it took about 4 for it to really take off. The oakleafs are native here with a scent that threatens the jasmine. They bloom at about the same time. What a perfume!!


  2. Gardenpest says:

    Thanks for the reminder of a wonderful day. I forwarded your 1st post to Jackie and Jan – Jackie was so happy to see it. Hey, please revisit Maine Coastal Botanic Garden so that I will learn what is going on up there. Lots happening with Bill Cullina in charge.
    Forever Mainer, now in exile.


    • dirtynailz says:

      Glad you sent it to her, GP. Thanks. I had no idea Cullina was there now. Shows you how out of the hort loop I am now.


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