I had a chance last week to visit the wonderful Lewis Ginter Botanic Garden in Richmond, Virginia. It is one of my favorite public gardens, with beautiful plants and designs everywhere you look. I always come away inspired!
This spectacular gate serves as the entrance to the Japanese garden.
In the Japanese garden, a perfect little water feature is surrounded by the most amazing, huge, mature Japanese maples (Acer palmatum, Zones 5–9). Spend a moment here and you’ll feel all your stress melt away.
An enormous stand of irises in full bloom. When I saw this I made a note to try and use more plants of fewer varieties in my own garden, because the sheer impact of a big mass of just one iris like this is very hard to beat. We’ll see how well that resolution holds up next time I’m at the nursery, however. It is so tempting to just get one of everything!
Pitcher plants (Sarracenia species and hybrids, Zones 5–9) are best known for their beautiful insect-catching leaves, but the flowers are wonderful as well. There are huge plantings of many different pitcher plants all around the pond here.
Looking across the pond to the Japanese maples on the other side, yellow pitcher plant flowers (Sarracenia flava var. rugelli, Zones 5–10) stand out in the foreground.
This group of containers is filled with a diverse collection of annuals and perennials, but the Twinny Peach snapdragon (Antirrhinum majus ‘Twinny Peach’, annual), with loads of ruffled peach flowers, takes center stage.
Towering cinnamon ferns (Osmunda cinnamomea, Zones 3–9) show off in the woodland garden with a tall rhododendron flowering behind them.
Although most of the roses in Lewis Ginter’s enormous rose garden were not quite in flower when I visited, this climbing rose, trained across a large stone pavilion, put on a breathtaking show.
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