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GPOD on the Road: Vancouver Garden Tour

Visiting a beautiful garden

black locust tree with chartreuse foliage

We’re tagging along with Cherry Ong today, enjoying pictures from a series of garden tours she went on last June, organized by the Vancouver Hardy Plant Society.

These photos are from the garden of Pam Frost—aka “The Doyenne of Perennials”!

mature Kousa dogwood covered in pink flowersKousa dogwoods (Cornus kousa, Zones 5–9) are always beautiful, but they get absolutely show-stopping once they’re fully mature. With its pink flowers, this specimen is gorgeous. It looks to be the variety ‘Satomi’, named for the granddaughter of famed Japanese nurseryman Akira Shibamichi.

close up of scheffleraA stunning huge schefflera (I believe it’s Schefflera taiwanianum, Zones 8–10) with gorgeous foliage

small greenhouse attached to side of buildingThis little greenhouse is a charming and useful addition to the garden.

close up of Arisaema consanguineumArisaema consanguineum (Zones 5–8) has beautiful and unusual flowers in early summer, and the bold, tropical foliage looks great the whole growing season.

large bight green fern growing beneath a bird bathThis is a beautiful combination of green ferns, with a perfect birdbath to set them off. I think the fern in the front is a variety of Asplenium, but I’m not sure. Whatever it is, the color and texture are incredible.

black locust tree with chartreuse foliageA golden-leaved black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia ‘Frisia’, Zones 3–8) takes center stage among the trees with its leaves that just glow.

close up of rhododendron foliageWe usually think of rhododendrons as being grown for their flowers, but who needs flowers when the foliage looks like this? There’s a beautiful contrast here between the old growth and the new. The Pacific Northwest is an ideal climate for countless rhododendron species and hybrids, including many with gorgeous foliage like this.

close up of pink and green masterwort flower clusterMasterwort (Astrantia major, Zones 4–7) grows in partial shade and produces these unusual clusters of flowers backed by a ring of showy bracts. As you can see, the flowers attract lots of insect visitors looking for pollen to snack on.

close up of oakleaf hydrangeaThe bold foliage of an oakleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia, Zones 5–9) is joined by flower clusters just about to open.

large cornus controversa with variegated foliageBeautiful variegated foliage from Cornus controversa ‘Variegata’ (Zones 5–8)

Cherry shared so many great photos from her visit to this garden that we’re going to split them between two days, so come back tomorrow for more!


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    vanhatalosuomi 03/07/2024

    Exciting and especially lovely photo of the Robinia 'Frisia' - an absolute scene stealer!

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    simplesue 03/07/2024

    So much natural beauty in this garden, I love it all!

  3. user-7007672 03/07/2024

    This was such a fun weekend, Cherry. And the dinner at your home was superb!

  4. btucker9675 03/07/2024

    That Kousa dogwood is breathtaking! I had two in my garden in northern NJ that were beautiful. I planted one in my side border here in NC 3 years ago and, although very healthy looking, it has yet to bloom. I'm trying to keep the faith with it!!

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