Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Longwood Gardens' Spring Show 2012 - Long Border and Container Displays

Longwood Gardens' Spring Show 2012
Our April visit to Longwood Gardens was a bit rainy, but water always makes bloom color more intense for photography. After having visited this grand garden several times in the winter and summer months, we were excited to get to see what they plant out for spring. We were not disappointed!
Longwood Gardens: Container display in the circle of rose arbors looking toward the spring foliage.
Container display in the circle of rose arbors looking toward the emerging tree foliage.


Bulbs galore near the Open Air Theater: double pink tulips, white daffodils, blue Casmassias, and a few purple allium at the back.
Bulbs galore near the Open Air Theater: double pink tulips, white daffodils, blue Casmassias, and a few purple allium at the back.
Closer up you can see the white snapdragons (Antirrhinum majus) in this mix.
Closer up you can see the white snapdragons (Antirrhinum majus) in this mix.
The long borders with a stunning display of tulips in pinks and purples. Foxgloves (Digitalis purpurea) punctuate these lines.
The long borders with a stunning display of tulips in pinks and purples. Foxgloves (Digitalis purpurea) punctuate these lines.
Dark purple tulips, mauve wallflowers and Spanish bluebells (Hyacinthoides hispanica) along the long border.
A very large stand of Tulip 'Virichic', which we planted in our pots this year. They paired it with a two-tone large columbine (Aquilegia).
They seem to loosely follow the Jekyll color flow in these borders in most seasons. This photo shows it moving from reds through orange, yellow and white. The beech hedge and half-round seat are the end of the long border.
They seem to loosely follow the Jekyll color flow in these borders in most seasons. This photo shows it moving from reds through orange, yellow and white. The beech hedge and half-round seat are the end of the long border.
Simple but effective near a seating area: White Cornus florida under-planted with Spanish bluebells (Hyacinthoides hispanica).
Simple but effective near a seating area: White Cornus florida under-planted with Spanish bluebells (Hyacinthoides hispanica).
Pot display below the Open Air Theater featuring standard Wisterias and the upturned foxglove, Digitalis 'Candy Mountain'.
The container display below the Open Air Theater featured standard Wisterias and the upturned foxglove, Digitalis 'Candy Mountain'...
...and a stow-away named Logan. He seemed to like being in the middle of all of those flowers!
LLongwood Gardens: View down to the Sunken Garden with vibrant border plantings.
View down to the Sunken Garden with vibrant border plantings.
Cobalt-blue Camassias were massed in several areas, including the in the stair bank down to the Sunken Garden.
Cobalt-blue Camassias were amassed in several areas, including the in the stair bank down to the Sunken Garden.
A peek over the hedge to the Wisteria Garden, which also holds two large Bald Cypress trees (Taxodium distichum) in addition to several tree-trained wisteria vines.
More beautiful purple wisteria blooms coming! I will post them in a couple of days.

6 comments:

  1. Wow !!! beautyful pictures of the show...and the colours ooooh..... groet Diny

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  2. Amazingly beautiful. It makes me crave a whole army of gardeners and a gigantic budget to make such displays around here!

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  3. One wow after another, what a fantastic garden to visit!! Really loved the tulips and foxgloves, looking forward to the rest of the photos!

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  4. Breathtaking! You are so lucky to live near such a fabulous, inspirational garden. Looking forward to a continuation!

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  5. some interesting planting and combinations, but not as creative as yours, I feel. Christina

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  6. oh my this is how I want my gardens to look...Mother Nature has other ideas...what incredible eye candy these pics are!

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