August at the Botanical Garden
Hopefully this message reaches you hot and happy! Welcome to August at the Cleveland Botanical Garden. This month the blooms continue with annual plantings acting as icing on the cake adding sweet decadence to the garden. On the Terrace, pots overflowing with purples, greens, and reds adorn stick sculptures in reflection of the Stickworks installation taking place later this month at the Arboretum campus. Sunflowers (Helianthus cultivars) contrast nicely with coleus ‘Stormy Weather’ (Plectranthus scuttelarioides) and lantana ‘Lucky Lavender’ (Lantana camara) in the Terrace beds. Sweet alyssum (Lobularia maritima) cultivars ‘Rosie O’day’ and ‘Carpet of Snow’ in the Mary Ann Sears Swetland Rose Garden add a soft delicacy and as much fragrance as some of the roses! In the Western Reserve Herb Society (WRHS) Trial and Cutting section another beautiful quilted planting of annuals is on display alongside the quirky blooms of many Amaranth family members, including globe amaranths (Gomphrena cultivars) and cockscombs (Celosia argentea (Cristata Group)). The chenille plant (Acalypha hispida) with its fuzzy pink-red flowers cascade in the Evans Restorative Garden near a large pot containing the Brazil native golden trumpet (Allamanda cathartica). Annual plantings can be found woven through the Inspiration Gardens, Campsey-Stauffer Gateway Entry Garden, Hosta Hill, Hershey Children’s Garden, Sunken Garden and the David and Paula Swetland Topiary Garden, both potted and planted in the ground.
While in the Restorative Garden look up and feel dwarfed by the native ironweed (Vernonia gigantea) displaying a rich purple spray of flowers atop stalks up to 10 feet tall! Ironweed can also be found towering above the Hershey Children’s Garden, southeast of the entrance gate as well as in the WRHS Trial and Cutting section. Last year the yellow wax bells (Kirengeshoma palmata) came into bloom the first week of August. This year we hope to be as lucky to enjoy the blooms for such an extended period. Find a healthy mass planting adjacent the Red Oak Lawn along the upper Woodland Garden and in C.K. Patrick Perennial Border Garden.
In the Sunken Garden panicled hydrangeas (Hydrangea paniculata ‘Tardiva’) blooms white near the northeast corner of Woodland Hall while Hydrangea paniculata [Pink Diamond], located more centrally in the same bed, turns pink following its bloom. Find more of these panicled hydrangeas at the intersection of the path around Red Oak Lawn and the top of Hosta Hill, in the Urban Garden, and in the Waterfall Garden.
In C.K. Patrick, enjoy the fragrant blooms of the native garden phlox (Phlox paniculata ‘Tracy’s Treasure’). This prolific bloom is known to attract butterflies and hummingbirds with its nectar. Buds on the Japanese pagoda tree (Styphnolobium japonicum) indicate that we will encounter its dainty white flowers midmonth. This nearly 70 foot tall tree casts nice shade over both C.K. Patrick and the Restorative Garden and adds whimsical charm as the petals litter the walk below.
In the Eleanor Armstrong Smith Glasshouses, look on the walls of the Isalo cliffs in Madagascar for the yellow blooms of the pachypodium (Pachypodium brevicaule). In Costa Rica, the golden dewdrop tree (Duranta erecta) near the leafcutter ant log drips with purple flowers that develop into lustrous orange fruits. All this, and more, this month at CBG.