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.
This is a really beautiful Rudbeckia hirta (Zones 3–8). Sometimes these forms with a green central disk are called “green-eyed Susans.”
A 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.
Except 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.
Sometimes 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.
Beautiful, 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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