Showing posts from May, 2012
Night-Time Garden Fragrance Plants

So many of us build gardens for daytime enjoyment, but are not home most of every day to enjoy them. Some of the more creative garden designers have      designed "night" gardens, which can be illuminated or left to natural light to view them. In the course of designing such a garden, night-fragrant plants often enter the palette of plants. In most cases the plants have white flowers, since the pollinators of such plants are attracted to scent, not color, as well as the idea that flower color is rather useless at night.

There are so many great fragrant flowers that the hardest choice is to choose exactly which ones to plant, and to make sure the fragrances don't cancel each other out. I have seen a Night Blooming jasmine planted near an Angel's Trumpet, with unpleasant and bad-smelling results. Certain plants with powerful fragrances should be planted some distance away from a home, where the perfume of the flower can…
Begonias at Pinecrest Gardens

I have the distinct pleasure of working in a botanical garden setting with a wide variety of climates to work with. A large portion of the Garden is heavy shade, with numerous rock outcroppings and riverine areas, perfect locations for growing Begonias, especially some of the species which like wet, rocky areas. One of our favorites is B. soli-mutata, with the curious name arising from the fact the leaves change color depending on how much light they receive. The effect can be seen easily in strong light by shading part of a leaf with a sheet of cardboard or even your hand for a few minutes. The leaf will get darker in the shaded areas, and revert to its "sun" color right in front of you ! We are propagating 300 more of these plants for planting in our numerous rocky areas where rocks are covered in moss and near the waterline.
  One of our other favorite plants is Begonia imperialis, a handsome groundcover type which likes constant moisture at…