Always alive with color and ideas, this perpetually changing path indulges your senses with a collage of hues and textures, as well as plenty of take-home inspiration for everyone. One day a group of towering foxtail lilies, tomorrow a cool mountain bluet, and a month later a hot pink crape myrtle make cameo appearances in this ephemeral promenade. It’s a daily performance from late March through November.
A late-spring stroll along the pathway likely will offer you a completely different sensory experience than one in early fall, with peach, white and apricot daffodils in May and purple asters in September.
The Perennial Border also serves to show you the latest and greatest introductions of perennials to help you imagine your own gardens. The border design plays with both classic and unusual perennials that express color harmony, foliage texture and visual rhythm in an exquisite, almost musical composition. As you walk from sunny south end to shadier north end you’ll notice how color and texture combinations carry out a unifying theme.
DID YOU KNOW?
- The Perennial Border was created in 2001 to connect the Mary Ann Sears Swetland Rose Garden, Hershey Children’s Garden and the Woodland Garden.
- It’s named in honor of C.K. “Pat” Patrick, co-founder of Cleveland radio station, WCLV-FM.
- This pathway was designed so half of it would receive full sun while the other half receives full or partial shade. Plantings are determined accordingly.
- Perennials can exhibit lovely fall color. Check out the Amsonia in October – pure glowing gold.
- Butterflies dance above some of their favorite nectar plants here – blue mist