Garden Photo of the Day

Kicking off year #2 of the GPOD!

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Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais

It was a year ago today that we started up the Garden Photo of the Day blog. Since then we’ve posted over 450 inspiring garden photos, many of which came from you, our GPOD readers! I took a few minutes yesterday to scan through the entire year of photos, and it was lots of fun–I highly recommend it. Keep those great photos coming. I’d like to especially thank Ruth Dobsevage, FG’s web producer, who steps in to save the day whenever I’m too overwhelmed working on the actual paper magazine to post for a few days – thanks, Ruth, you’re the BEST!

Today we’re kicking off the second year of the GPOD with a plant combination at one of my favorite gardens, the Central Park Conservatory Garden in New York City. If you’ve never been, you should. The gardeners there are masters at combining plants, and they use some pretty amazing plants. This combo includes honey bush (Melianthus major, USDA Hardiness Zones 8-11), ‘Magilla’ perilla (Perilla ‘Magilla’, annual), and a dark elephant ear (Colocasia esculenta cv., Zones 8-11). Dreamy!

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  1. arboretum 01/04/2011

    never have seen that perilla and had no idea there was a variegated one! i only know and grow the japanese herb, perilla('shiso'in japanese) which is an annual here(but it self-seeds so readily that it is essentially a perennial here.). the purple/black one is essential in our borders.

    Congratulations on your first B'day!! what a success!

  2. sheilaschultz 01/04/2011

    Happy Birthday GPOD! I'm seriously rethinking my perennial beds because of you. I rarely add annuals, but the more combos I see that would so beautifully fill in my 'killer' spots... I'm saying, 'why not'? Keep those photos coming!!!

  3. MichelleGervais 01/04/2011

    Thanks for the birthday wishes, you guys! And yes, annuals rock. Especially perilla!

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