Ladner’s gardens are beautiful. If you haven’t visited our small town, you must. This is one of the gardens planted by the Corporation of Delta. I love the colours they used this summer. In the back is a seldom used plant called Gomphrena in purple and white. I haven’t grown this plant in many years so perhaps its time to think about using it again. A wave of purple Petunias is in sharp contrast to the chartreuse colour of Ipomoea or sweet potato vine. Its followed by a lighter colour of Petunias. It’s like a river of flowers welcoming visitors to Ladner.
Gomphrenaglobosa grows to about two feet high with tiny globe like flowers. It’s fairly drought tolerant and will withstand high heat. It sounds like a wise plant to use as our summers warm up each year. This year we are dealing with higher than normal temperatures and a lack of rainfall. It makes you look at your garden and rethink your plant choices going forward.
We walked up Central avenue to five corners. Five corners are well-known to the locals. We have an intersection where five roads meet at a five way stop. We turned the corner near Grove avenue as I knew it would not disappoint me. Rudbeckia is in full bloom everywhere. It’s the Japanese blood grass that caught my attention in this garden. Grasses are great plants and provide movement in the garden. Here on the west coast we don’t use them as much as we should. Japanese Blood Grass or Imperata cylindrica is a perennial grass but it needs a well-drained soil. I have had trouble growing it in my heavy clay soil in Ladner. Obviously it works for some and I should give it another try.
You know how much I love Dahlias. Isn’t this a beauty? This garden was full of large-flowered Dahlias in all colours.
I was excited to see this garden on Grove avenue. Its bright and cherry and plantings of red flowers echoed the grasses in the garden. I think this is a great way to reduce lawn and we may see more gardens like this going forward. Lawns are water hogs and require too much care. Seeing a cute garden like this makes me wonder whats in the backyard.
As we ventured on our way home I found this stunning rose. This is definitely the best year for roses. The lack of rain means the flowers are holding up better and there seems to be less disease and insect problems. As I walk each day I talk to gardeners along the way. It’s always fun hearing stories, exchanging garden tips and seeing smiles. I asked someone yesterday how their tomatoes were doing. He said its the worst year ever. A sigh of relief washed over me as I agreed. But, he said, the roses are outstanding! Whats worked in your garden during this heat wave?