North Carolina Arboretum (Part two)
Plaza at the entrance court: I love the Agastache and the Hydrangea!
Enormous pathways could accommodate crowds: would love to see crowds here...
There are lots of interesting pieces of garden furnishings like this--this one is a bit creepy perhaps.
Not a typical container planting. But I liked it. Perhaps because of that. And of course, Agastaches rock--even the wannish ones like this!
I liked the existential waterfall (whence? wither?) Waterfall for waterfall's sake.
A wonderful ring of Chinese elms around the circle drive--love the bark!
|Hydrangeas in the distance: Verononia in front (you'll see it better soon). I'm a sucker for Hydrangeas--and I notice they're getting more and more popular on both coasts.|
|Closer up...next one shows it better...|
|Endless vistas everywhere: this place is huge. There is great relief on the property--it's awesome!|
|Another grand vista with wide, wide paths: they were expecting droves here. Not the day I visited!|
|I rather liked this sculpture: the label (read below) was intriguing...|
|Eupatorium behind a branch of Rudbeckia|
|Labelled "Eupatorium 'Dwarf Red Stemmed Selection'"|
|I believe trhis is Cinnamon Fern in full summer glory in front of "Eupatorium 'Dwarf Red Stemmed Selection'"|
|A bank with Lobelia siphylitica and sedge--lots of nice combos|
|Zenobia pulverulenta 'O'Ree'|
|Pachysandra procumbens, unmottled form|
|Delicate tracery on a gate|
|Eupatorium rotundifolium with Cinnamon fern and Belamcanda|
|Closeup of the flowers of Eupatorium rotundifolium|
|Closeup of Sorghastrum nutans|
|Fabulous bark on Cladrastus kentuckea|
|Here's the best view--although you're supposed to clumb up on that parapet and look down.|
|More nice views and allees.|
|Don't have a clue why I took this: some interesting woodlanders?|
|More crisp paths and views spangled with some Zinnia angustifolia|
|More expansive views|
|Schizachyrium and some purple leaf annuals and marigolds|
|The Petunia of choice--that strange biscuit gold one: I grew it this year too.|
|Another mixed up border; Bananas and Perovskia--a new one for me!|
|I must find a place to let Hyacinth Bean do this in MY garden!|
|Well grown annuals--the color would be more evocative at dawn or dusk...|
|Giant Sacaton (Sporobolus wrightii)|
|I'd hate to be the one to lug the Sago palms in and out.|
|Mandevilla as a hedge: another new one for me.|
|A few random pictures from one of the several grand buildings on the site: a lovely gallery space with irridescent objets d'art|
|A well lit solarium space|
|A wonderful display of foliage tropicals--one worth copying.|
|Obligatory gift shop sans shoppers|
|The atrium I showed from above at ground level: big enough to serve a major National Park|
|Trim annual plantings out front of the building...|
The maintenance of the plantings was really good--albeit the plantings were rather modest in scope. There were some wonderful trees and shrubs. If a few more plantsmen were in the mix, this could easily become one of the premier gardens in the Country. As it is, it is redolent with promise!