Friday, September 20, 2013

Gardening Holiday - A Smashing Success

Thanks in part to the six top notch presenters pictured below:

And in part to the Mohonk greenhouse, garden, and grounds folks! Garden Holiday was just that, a holiday filled with great people, great talks and walks, and great plants. Thanks to all!

...Speaking of great plants, I picked out some showstoppers below that really shine in the short days of autumn. See if you don't agree...

This is the hands-down winner of our echinacea trials, the flowers are five inches wide and the color is a true burnt orange.

Echinacea 'Tangerine Dream'
Definitely a Joseph's Coat look-a-like, this ornamental pepper stops traffic at the Barn Museum.

Capsicum 'Numex Twilight'

Razzle dazzle 'em with 'Disco Red' marigolds and red okra. The okra flowers are as attractive as the fruit in this case.

Red Okra
Leucanthemella serotina is the plant overflowing with white daisies in September. Not easy to fin but well worth the hunt!

Hungarian Daisy
Begonias all around, baskets of tuberous types and Rex types below showing off their patterned leaves. All still singing in September.

An odd name for a really nice PG type hydrangea. The pink is intense and the panicles seem to skyrocket up to the sky.

Hydrangea 'Pinky Winky'
'Limelight' is the variety here. Not new but what a consistent performer. Panicles are huge, and begin and end up green. The shrubs don't get too large so you can tuck them in places.

Hydrangea 'Limelight'