I was lucky enough to carve out a couple of hours to visit the beautiful west shore gardens on this years Lake of the Sky Garden tour last Saturday, the 31st of July. It's fun to be able answer questions for garden visitors around every corner. I have a shady garden in Truckee and I really appreciated the lush gardens we visited. Here were a few great plants that garnered lots of queries and over which, a couple, I had some doubt.
Thalictrum rochebrunianum - Lavender Mist - this Meadow Rue has distinct purple flowers like tiny clematis blossoms. I love this one and have several in my garden along with the robust Thalictrum aquilegifolium.
Campanula punctata (I'm pretty sure but it is a very short cultivar)
Laurentia axillaris (syn. Isotoma axillaris) (alt syn. Solenopsis axillaris) 'Blue Star' an Australian wildflower and a summer tender perennial (it won't survive a winter so treat as an annual).
This one is thriving in many gardens around Homewood. 'Wargrave Pink' is G. x oxonianum (syn. G. endressii) - (Gold Star to Megan Reeves at T.T). We used to carry 'Wargrave Pink' all the time and definately should again. This is what the Andrew Norton from www.hardygeraniums.com in England had to say: "Hello Eric, This is almost certainly an x oxonianum. It is difficult to say what the cultivar name might be as there are now so many seedlings around - some named and many not. The foliage persuades me to my conclusion ..." -confirms Megan's ID.
Thanks so much to the wonderful and passionate gardeners who let us into their personal spaces and shared their passion for plants.
Posted on Sun, August 1, 2010
by Eric Larusson