I’ve alwaysbeen amazed with the delicate beauty of camellias. Their flowers, in my opinion, often resemble those of a rose. Of course, everyone knows I love roses, so during the winter months my camellias become my ‘winter roses’.
My camellia collection consists of a dozen- 9 Camellia japonicas and 3 Camellia sasanquas. Of course, by choosing both species I can have the best of both worlds with blooms in the fall, winter and spring.
Presently, I am enjoying the glorious splendor of the Camellia japonica’s in my garden…
Nuccio’s bella rosa is one of my favorites. I planted two medium sized bushes a few years ago and it never disappoints. Beautiful formal, 4 inch red blooms almost all winter. Gorgeous!
Another favorite that I’ve grown for years is ‘Nuccio’s Gem‘. I must say what a gem it is with its sparkling white formal winter blooms. Mine is 6 feet tall and situated in a protected area in my garden.
This X williamsii hybrid grows well in my Zone 7b hot and humid climate. ‘Delores Edwards‘ has beautiful large semi double orchid pink flowers. Lovely.
This has been a spectacular spring for my clematis.This captivating vine is definitely the ‘Queen of Vines’ with its elegant and colorful meandering blooms. Having grown close to 50 varieties, the majority purchased from Dan Long @ Brushwood Nursery I just can’t get enough of them in my garden. Here’s a video peek of several varieties blooming in my garden now….
My hydrangeas are absolutely heavenly this week in my garden . Its been an outstanding year for them. I grow several varieties in my Zone 7B garden. Here’s a peek of some them blooming in my garden …..
Since I skipped decorating my garden for Christmas this year (been focusing on decorating inside for Christmas) I thought I would repost this from Christmas Garden past….Happy Holidays! Peace and Happiness!
With all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, I’m a bit late in posting photo’s of my Christmas garden this year. Here’s a peek….
Note: All Christmas arrangements, containers, wreaths and photos were designed and made by me (Brenda Addington) …The Graceful Gardener.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from my garden to yours……
I’m allaboutcolor. In my garden that is. Anyone who has visited my garden knows that between all the roses, hydrangeas, peonies, bulbs, perennials, and annuals that color always makes a statement every spring and summer in my garden. However, for the last several years my spring garden has been displaying a different type of explosion of color and texture — one that involves an obsession of mine– collecting conifers and Japanese Maples. I have been avidly collecting both for over 6 years now and there seems to be no stopping me. That is until I run out of space which I am precariously approaching ( I garden on about one acre) and when that happens I’m convinced I’ll start redesigning my landscape to justify my need (obsession) for the latest cool new conifer or alluring Japanese maple.
One thing is for sure, this obsession of mine gives me a spectacular display of color and texture and that is something I cherish each spring….
It’s that time of year again. Time to share the tulips and other spring bulbs that are in full bloom in my garden.
Every fall I judiciously plant (even though last fall I planted far less) more than a thousand tulips and other bulbs in my garden. All my hard work and sore muscles are then rewarded with the beautiful blossoms that emerge this time of year. I planted a lot more daffodils this time around since the deer stay away from them. It’s always a ‘touch and go’ scenario with my tulips since the deer tend to eat them. This year was one of my ‘fortunate’ years since they spared my tulips (all 1,000 of them).
This weekend my family and I visited the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, as my birthday present, to see the spectacular Imaginary Worlds exhibition. There we strolled through the gardens and saw giant plant sculptures such as; Gorillas, frogs, butterflies, cobras, an Ogre, unicorn and shaggy dog. Of course, stealing the show was the lovely Earth Goddess, being the largest of these sculptures at 25 feet tall!
These giant animal sculptures are planted with thousands of plants using a horticultural art called Mosaiculture, created in Canada by the International Mosaiculture of Montreal. As defined on the ABG website, “Each sculpture is a living work of art. Thousands of annuals are planted in colorful, ornate patterns on steel forms covered with netting and soil. A combination of internal irrigation systems and hand watering help the plants to flourish. Each sculpture is meticulously groomed on a weekly schedule to maintain the artistic lines as the plants grow.”
Here are some of the fabulous works of horticultural art we saw…
Recently, there’s been a glorious explosion of hydrangea flowers in my garden. This month my hydrangeas (along with my roses) have taken center stage.
I grow several varieties in my garden which is a small collection of about 40 Hydrangeas.
The blooms of ‘Annabelle’ are absolutely huge in my garden. Some are nearly 12 inches across.
‘Annabelle‘ has big balls of flowers that start out green, then turn to white and eventually dry a pale green as the season progresses. The flowers are lacy and delicate, but don’t let that fool you, this plant is tough. Mine are massed in a bed around my fountain.
‘Alpengluhen’ (Glowing Embers)
‘Alpengluhen’- (Glowing Embers) is a new addition to my hydrangea collection this year. A compact 3′ tall hydrangea with beautiful pinkish-red flowers.
‘Endless Summer’ and ‘Big Daddy’
My Endless Summer are planted in my backyard amongst a few other hydrangeas, ‘Big Daddy‘ and ‘Snowflake’ . What a spectacular show of blooms they put on every year.
‘Endless Summer’ is a very hardy hydrangea and blooms on both the current season’s growth as well as old growth, providing the advantage of a longer bloom period.
‘Big Daddy’, another H. macrophylla, has giant flower heads a foot across or more.
Endless Summer ‘Blushing Bride’
Endless Summer ‘Blushing Bride‘ produces blooms throughout the season on both new and old stems. Huge blooms start out pure white and become more of an antique pink as they fade. I have several planted with H. macrophylla ”MariesiiVariegata’. ‘Blushing Bride‘ is very lovely…
H. Macrophylla ‘Mariesii Variegata‘-LaceCap
This LaceCap ‘Mariesii Variegata’, I must admit was a bit cold sensitive for my Zone 7b climate. The first two I ever planted, died the following year after an usually cold winter. Two years ago, I planted two more in a more sheltered location and am hoping they will survive. So far so good. The leaves are green with white margins and flowers either pink or blue lacecap blossoms.
H. macrophylla ‘ Blue Wave‘-LaceCap and ‘Nikko Blue‘
Many of my Hydrangeas are inter-planted with Japanese Maples and ferns in my backyard garden. I love this combination, especially with my ‘Blue Wave’ and ‘Nikko Blue’ hydrangeas.
H. macrophylla, ‘Blue Wave‘ happens to be my favorite LaceCap hydrangea in my garden. A glorious sight when in bloom.The Lacecap flowers are a captivating blue that I love to photograph. Mine are planted in light shade under pine trees receiving late morning /early afternoon dappled sun and are thriving. Beautiful!
Ok, if I had to pick a favorite hydrangea in my garden, it would be this one- H. quercifolia ‘Snowflake’.
This one is a stunner. “Snowflake’ has absolutely gorgeous clusters that are densely layered just dripping with showy white flowers. I have several planted with many of my H. macrophylla’s throughout my garden.
The flowers age beautifully and I love every stage throughout the season. Snowflakes flowers start out pure white, gradually fading to pink and then turning brown by late summer. I can’t say enough about this plant…
While these photo’s I’ve shared with you represent many of my hydrangeas, there are some however that were camera shy…here’s a list of a few others that are gracing my garden..