Summer brings colorful displays to IDEA Garden

Published on Thursday, 24 July 2014 00:05 - Written by Dee Bishop, In Our Garden

Just look at all the magnificent color in our beautiful IDEA Garden!

In the photo, the wide-spreading pink plant is a type of Alternanthera (Joseph’s coat).

The white in the left back area is Caryopteris (Snow Nymph), which has been in our garden since the beginning. Snow Nymph is the only Caryopteris we have been able to keep for any length of time and it is a beauty. The bright white variegation is a knockout even without the spires of blue flowers that cover it in summer.

The red in front of snow nymph is a Coleus we love called Big Red, the bright chartreuse is Duranta (Gold Nugget), the black-purple foliage is a crapemyrtle called Dynamite. Cleome Senorita Rosalita is blooming orchid beside the crape and a ground cover, Blue Daze, presides in the foreground.

While working every Tuesday morning we get the pleasure of watching the butterflies, hummingbirds, lizards and other little critters moving and buzzing about our lovely plantings. We have had two nests of baby mockingbirds hatch out and hop around the garden while learning to fly. The garden is alive with activity at all times.

Please come out and take a stroll around our gardens either early in the morning or late in the evenings when it is cooler and you can enjoy all the colorful plants there. After all, we have planted and cared for them just for you!


Dee Bishop is a Smith County Master Gardener. She writes about plants growing within the Tyler Rose Garden.