Today’s photos come from Sharon Vickers of Surrey, British Columbia, Canada. Her garden is such a wonderfully diverse array of beautiful plants so packed with color that we’re going to spend two days in it! Enjoy part 1 today, and look for part 2 tomorrow.
An Asiatic lily (Lillium, Asiatic group, possibly ‘Whistler’, Zones 5–9). Hybrid lilies in the Asiatic group have the widest, most diverse color range of the true lilies, and they bloom abundantly. Their only flaw is that they lack the fragrance some other lilies boast. But really, who can complain with flowers that look like this?
Another Asiatic lily. I love those dark markings on the creamy petals. This may be ‘Patricia’s Pride’ or a similar variety. There are so many varieties of Asiatic lilies that it can be difficult to keep them straight.
This planting of lilies emphasizes varieties in the Oriental group, which boast a rich, powerful fragrance. The white is ‘Casa Blanca’, and it is combined with three different pink Oriental lilies: ‘Mona Lisa’, ‘Play Time’, and ‘Stargazer’. The Oriental lily group has a more limited color range, mostly whites and pinks, but its unforgettable scent more than makes up for it.
Close-up of the classic Oriental lily ‘Star Gazer’.
Incredible lilies is not all this garden has to offer. This bed is edged with bright white New Guinea impatiens (Impatiens hawkeri, Zones 10–12 or as annuals), which are more disease resistant tha
n regular impatiens (Impatiens walleriana, Zones 10–12 or as annuals). In the back towers a flower-laden yellow angel’s trumpet (Brugmansia ‘Charles Grimaldi’, Zones 10–11).
A view of the front garden, showing the bright white edging of New Guinea impatiens throughout.
Another view of the front garden. Notice the pink lilies mixed with and towering over the other plants.
Annabell hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’, Zones 3–9).
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