03 October 2010

Discoveries at Dallas Arboretum

While in Dallas Texas last month for a convention, I took a side trip to the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. After a bicycle rental and 9+ mile (14 km) ride around nearby White Rock Lake, I spent a hot afternoon strolling through the later summer gardens. Here are some of the things I found interesting.

Tucked into the corners of the paths were Cat's Whiskers (Orthosiphon stamineus). Although they can grow up to two feet high (60 cm), these were found only half that. Unfortunately, these are not a zone 7 plant, but maybe they can be considered an annual here.

Crape myrtles do not easily grow into monster trees in my town. The arboretum's crape myrtle allee was impressive for the size of the shrubs, probably due to the weather, age, and lack of heavy snowfall.

The formal allee lead to the playful frog sculpture fountain.

There were several trial gardens. Have you ever seen so many sweet potato vines in so many colors? There are eight varieties in this shot alone.

This was a trial garden for potted plants. With growing interest in small space and container gardening, I am glad someone recognizes that these tests are important. Notice the castor bean plant that refuses to conform to its neighbors.

Another plant that caught my eye was the Golden Shrimp plant (Pachystachys lutea). Another one that does not grow in zone 7, but maybe I can try by treating it as an annual.

Looks like the potato vines sprouted pumpkins in time for Halloween at the cottage's 'cottage' garden.

Garden Calendar:
  • Blooming: cosmos, canna, mexican zinnia, aster, acidanthera, rudbeckia
  • Harvested: 2 Anaheim pepper, 2 tomato

5 comments:

Cherry Lane said...
That golden shrimp plant works ok as a houseplant, and I've seen it for sale in NoVa.
Racquel said...
I love those Cat's Whiskers. Thanks for the tour. :)
Swimray said...
Cherry,
Thanks for the heads up. I look forward to tracking it down for next year.

Racquel,
I found that these are growing in a botanical garden in my town - so I have another plant to track down for next year!
flwrjane said...
We just got them in our Arlington flower shop, so I guess tis the season for shrimp- plants that is.

I've been to the Dallas gardens once in April, also hotter than hell, but lovely to tour. Thanks for the pictures, better than my memory.

Jane
Swimray said...
Jane,
Same weather when I was there. Those cool frogs were tempting.