I mentioned Sunday that I had way too many photos from my trip to Cantigny for one post, so here are a few more. In my defense, I have to say that the garden staff at Cantigny does such a wonderful, imaginative, and creative job in their plantings, that it’s hard to walk on by, unseeing. So here are a few more photos.
The rose garden at Cantigny is interesting, because in some ways it’s a bit old-fashioned. The roses are planted in rectangular beds without the softening effect of being interplanted with other perennials. So it’s old-fashioned–a bit “retro” in conception–but I am coming to re-appreciate it. It’s for the serious rose lover! The roses are beautifully cared for, and the rose-scented air almost euphoria inducing. The rose shown above is Rosa ‘Mother of Pearl’ and it’s simply stunning.
There’s a lot a gardener can learn from this shady bower. The graceful latticework creates pattern and structure, the vivid petunias a pop of color, and the lush hostas contribute coolness and greenness. Also, they use really large pots at Cantigny, knowing that they dry out much more slowly than small pots do.
In another shady corner, I ran across this spectacular begonia. i didn’t want to rummage around in the plant, so I can’t tell you if this is one humongous begonia, or a bunch of smaller ones, but it was beautiful.
Here is a group of pots–again, enormous–that also have a lesson. In some ways they seem standard issue–petunias and more petunias- until you notice that some small, bright orange calibrachoa plants have been tucked in. That little touch of orange is like adding pepper to a stew–really livens it up, but not in an obvious way.
It’s like being at a flower party! I think the grass is Pennisetum setaceum, and could be “Purpureum’ or something similar. The purple/pink balls are gomphrena, and the light rose/pink flowers are pentas. There are also some deep red snapdragons.