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GPOD on the Road: Return to the Bellevue Botanic Garden

Inspiring scenes from a great public garden

close up of garden bed with white hydrangea and red, yellow, and orange flowers

A few weeks ago, frequent GPOD contributor Cherry Ong took us along on her visit to Bellevue Botanical Garden in Bellevue, Washington (GPOD on the Road: Bellevue Botanical Garden) but she sent too many photos to share that day, so we’re going back today to see some more of the beautiful images of this inspiring public garden.

close up of bright yellow rudbeckia hirta flowersThis is a really beautiful Rudbeckia hirta (Zones 3–8). Sometimes these forms with a green central disk are called “green-eyed Susans.”

close up of spire of small flowersWhat interesting and unusual flowers! I think this might be a form of phlomis, possibly Phlomis samia (Zones 7–10). The color is so lovely; it would be beautiful in a flower arrangement.

close up of pink and yellow flowersFading coneflowers (Echinacea hybrids, Zones 4–8) are backed up by the grasslike foliage and beautiful yellow flowers of a Crocosmia (Zones 7–10).

close up of garden bed with white hydrangea and red, yellow, and orange flowersA hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata, Zones 3–8) in peak bloom is surrounded by daylilies (Hemerocallis hybrids, Zones 3–9), Crocosmia, and Agapanthus (Zones 8–10), all of which have beautiful grasslike foliage as well as their showy flowers.

densely planted garden bed with small treeExcept for the hydrangea in the background and the splash of blue from the willow gentiana (Gentiana asclepiadea, Zones 3–8), this display is all about foliage, combining different textures, sizes, colors, and variegation to make a beautiful picture.

close up of shade container with foliage plantsSometimes no flowers are needed at all to make something perfect, as demonstrated by this gorgeous little container for shade. This planter contains perennials, shrubs, and annuals to create a combination of long-lasting color as well as provide a bright splash for the summer.

garden bench next to shedI love a perfect spot to sit and enjoy the garden.

meadow garden with lots of ornamental grassThis modern meadow planting combines grasses and other perennials to create an airy, informal display.

stone steps in the garden surrounded by shrubs and grassBeautiful, broad stone steps are softened by the big mass of Japanese forest grass (Hakonechloa macra, Zones 5–9) at the top.


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    simplesue 10/06/2023

    It's so nice being taking on a garden tour by Cherry Ong!
    Oh I love those broad stone steps and the little pot of ornamental foliage.
    Such a nice public garden! Thanks for sharing!

  2. btucker9675 10/06/2023

    Love the meadow planting and those "green-eyed Susans" - thanks for taking us with you on your garden tours!

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