GPOD on the Road: Vancouver Garden Tour

We’re tagging along with Cherry Ong today, enjoying pictures from a series of garden tours she went on last June, organized by the Vancouver Hardy Plant Society.

These photos are from the garden of Pam Frost – aka, “The Doyenne of Perennials!”

Kousa dogwood (Cornus kousa, Zone 5 – 9) are always beautiful, but get absolutely show-stopping once they’re fully mature. This specimen is gorgeous, with pink flowers, and looks to be the variety ‘Satomi’, named for the granddaughter of famed Japanese nurseryman Akira Shibamichi.

close up of schefflera

A stunning huge schefflera (I think Schefflera taiwanianum, Zone 8 – 10) with gorgeous foliage.

small greenhouse attached to side of building

I love this little greenhouse! What a charming and useful addition to the garden.

close up of Arisaema consanguineum

Arisaema consanguineum (Zone 5 – 8) has beautiful and unusual flowers in early summer, and the bold, tropical foliage looks great the whole growing season.

large bight green fern growing beneath a bird bath

Beautiful combination of green ferns and a perfect bird bath to set them off. I think the fern in the front is a variety of Asplenium, but I’m not sure. Whatever it is, the color and texture is incredible.

black locust tree with chartreuse foliage

Looking up at the trees, with a golden-leaved black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia ‘Frisia’, Zone 3 – 8) taking center stage with leaves that just glow.

close up of rhododendron foliage

We usually think of rhododendrons as being grown for their flowers… but who needs flowers when the foliage looks like this? Beautiful contrast between the old growth and the new. The Pacific Northwest is an ideal climate for countless rhododendron species and hybrids, including many with gorgeous foliage like this.

close up of pink and green masterwort flower cluster

Masterwort (Astrantia major, Zone 4 – 7) grows in part shade and produces these unusual clusters of flowers backed by a ring of showy bracts. As you can see, the flowers attract lots of insect visitors looking for pollen to snack on.

close up of oakleaf hydrangea

The bold foliage of an oakleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia, Zone 5 – 9) with flower clusters just about to open.

large cornus controversa with variegated foliage

Beautiful variegated foliage from Cornus controversa ‘Variegata’ (Zone 5 – 8)

Cherry shared so many great photos from her visit to this garden that we’re going to split them between two days, so come back tomorrow for more!


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