Monday, September 3, 2012

An evening at the Arboretum


The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden 

Desert-Willow Tree (Chilopsis linearis)
Texas Native

The Chihuly Glass Exhibit was awesome and I will share those photographs in the next post. As we walked around the Exhibit the very helpful docents would ask as I photographed the "flowers" whether I needed help. 

The plant combinations that the horticulturists selected were worth  the trip. The deep purples, especially in the evening, created negative spaces and added textures that gave the garden beds depth and dramatic interest.

Purple Elephant Ears, Coleus, Gomphrena

Purple Elephant Ear

A row of weeping blue cedar and variegated liriope line the entrance.

 Amidst the Shade

Silver and Blue:  Blue Marlins and the Silver Trunk of Crape Myrtle

Shade Loving Plants (Mahonia) Turquoise Reeds.

Coleus, Purple Leaf Sweet Potato

American Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana) Texas Native

 The Tapioca Plant 'Variegata' (Manihot esculenta)

As you see the sun setting the tree trunks absorb and reflect the soft rays.  The Tapioca Plant 'Variegata' (Manihot esculenta) is perfectly situated to delight the eyes and pull your attention to the yellow reeds sitting at their base. Green carpet then dark purple delineates the border or edge to frame the bed. Manihot esculenta is considered a native of Brazil and Paraguay and has been cultivated and hybridized as a food plant but this variegated plant ads serpentine lines in the mass plantings.

Yellow Reeds, Chihuly Glass Exhibit
The Tapioca Plant 'Variegata' 
(Manihot esculenta) 

Yellow Reeds Chihuly Glass Exhibit

The Tapioca Plant 'Variegata' (Manihot esculenta)

Honey scented Blackfoot Daisy
Texas Native

A Few Xeriscape Plants

Berberis trifoliolata 'Agarita'

The Vitex foliage and flowers are a beautiful shade of green and blue
Little Round Leaf Vitex

Monk's Pepper (Vitex agnus-castus)
Native to the Mediterranean Region 

Desert- Willow Tree 
(Chilopsis linearis)


Ginkgo Tree

Ginkgo Biloba Tree
Female Tree with Fruit
 Fan or Duck-Feet Shaped Leaf

Gomphrena and Canna

Pride of Barbados (Caesalpinia pulcherrima)
Native to the West Indies and Tropical America 

Pride of Barbados 
(Caesalpinia pulcherrima)
Native to the West Indies and Tropical America

Walk down the path that curves.
                               Ethereal Spider Lily in the moonlight.

Crape Myrtles with the Beluga Glass.

What an enjoyable evening. I hope you enjoyed the photos.

Grassroots Horticulture