August at the Botanical Garden
This month in the garden, summer continues with a decadent display of annuals and an assortment of perennials in bloom. Upon entering the Terrace Garden off of the café, the large snowy white blooms of Mandevilla Sun Parasol® ‘Giant White’ will catch your eye trellised above an assortment of annuals including Petunia Easy Wave® ‘Coral Reef’, ‘Fishnet Stockings’ coleus (Plectranthus scutellarioides), and Scaevola Whirlwind® White.
Relish in fifty years of the Western Reserve Herb Society by enjoying their flowering “quilt”. This years’ festive design features orange and yellow Zinnias with a message to share! Lantana cultivars, with their spicy, sweet aromatic leaves, contrast nicely with the lush greens along the David and Paula Swetland Topiary Garden path as well as in the Campsey-Stauffer Gateway Garden.
Early in the month the fragrant flowers of summersweet (Clethra alnifolia ‘Ruby Spice’) are a treat for the eyes and nose in the Evans Restorative Garden. While in the Restorative Garden look up and feel dwarfed by the native ironweed (Vernonia gigantea) displaying a rich purple spray of flowers atop stalks up to 10’ tall! Later in the month on the edge of the Woodland Garden adjacent to the Restorative Garden, yellow wax bells (Kirengeshoma palmata) begin to display their cheery blooms.
In the Sunken Garden, Hydrangea paniculata ‘Tardiva’ blooms white near the northeast corner of Woodland Hall while Hydrangea paniculata ‘Pink Diamond’ turns pink following its bloom. In the Gateway Entrance Garden Hydrangea macrophylla ‘L.A. Dreamin’, Hydrangea paniculata ‘Little Lime’ and ‘Limelight’ can be seen in bloom by the south end of the WRHS Herb Garden.