Green Spring Gardens in Photos

Green Spring Gardens in Photos

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Last weekend I had the opportunity to visit a beautiful public garden in Alexandria, Va. Twenty minutes from the Capitol Building, Green Spring Gardens is a National Historic Site originally donated to Fairfax County by its previous owners, Michael and Belinda Straight. The park comprises 27 acres and boasts a vegetable garden, tree and shrub plantings, perennial borders, container-grown tropicals, woodland plantings and a lovely rock garden. There’s also a gift shop, horticultural library and educational programming. Here are some of my favorite photos of Green Spring Gardens and information about the cool plants I found there.

The vegetable garden demonstrates techniques for trellising veggies and highlights some new vegetable varieties. I love the raised bed with plastic hoops that, when covered with plastic or a fabric row cover, serves as a little greenhouse. There are many deer in the park, so the entire vegetable garden is surrounded by 8-foot-high plastic mesh deer netting.

The parking lot at Green Spring Gardens is ringed with plantings that partner tender tropical plants with hearty perennials and grasses. I love the textural differences between the burgundy-leaved castor bean plant, the chartreuse elephant ear and the variegated ornamental grass.

Here are two other examples showing the stunning results of partnering large-leaved tropicals with tender and finely textured annuals, like salvias and coleus. I love the spiky, variegated yucca plant in the forefront of the first picture.

Among the several new-to-me plants I discovered at Green Spring Garden are Asclepias physocarpa (otherwise known as “hairy balls”!) and the amazing purple, trumpet-like blooms of Royal Queen Iochroma. I’m in love!

There were an extraordinary number of gorgeous container-grown combinations in the garden. Here are two of my favorites: a red-leaved canna with orange lantana nestled into a huge blue pot and an agave topping off a birdbath!

And finally, I greatly enjoyed walking through the rock garden which was situated on a traffic island in the center of the circular drive. It was filled with small conifers, trough gardens and tough little alpine plants.

Tags agave, Jessica Walliser, plants, vegetable garden

Watch the video: Spring Garden Tour (June 2022).


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