Sunday, July 27, 2008
Talk of the garden
It's always fascinating to see which plants are going to get the buzz during a garden tour. This year the winners were the usual: henryi lilium, strobilanthes (Persian Sheild), and-a new contender-the Alpenglow hydrangea.
Now, this was interesting. Because they weren't so much admiring the plant as much as pressing me for what I add to the soil to make it the deep pink it is. This image does not really do that justice, so take my word-it is a very deep, true pink.
This is the damage that the changeable Endless Summer and other hydrangeas have done. People are just assuming they have to add stuff to create color-and in my experience that never really works, by the way. Just according to what I have seen: your milage may vary.
What I do is buy a named cultivar that stays the color it's supposed to be no matter what. I add nothing. But boy were people giving me an argument about it. It seems the gardening world (at least that portion that attends Garden Walk) now assumes all mopheads morph according to additives.
Oh, this oriental lily hybrid ("Amazing") got a lot of compliments as well.