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Desert Willow

Desert Willow

Desert Willow is a smallish size tree with willow-like foliage. It has a mature height and spread of approximately 12 to 15 feet. It's a perfect size for planting near a deck, patio or garden entry. But Desert Willow's most endearing quality is its sweet-scented, orchid like flowers that appear in late spring through early summer. Flowers have the delightful aroma of sweet violets and come in lovely shades of white, pink and lavender-maroon.

It looks stunning right now with masses of pink petunias at its base.

You can find this very unusual tree on the east side of the staircase in the Boulder Garden.(2015)

Acoma Crape Myrtle

Acoma Crape Myrtle

Tulsa's summer heat is a natural for growing crape myrtles, and their showy flowers really make any landscape in the dead of summer jump out with wonderful color. The semi-dwarf, slightly weeping growth habit of an Acoma give it an especially graceful appearance.

Along with its modest size (9 feet tall and 11 feet wide) and clusters of pure white flowers, this crape myrtle can brighten any special spot in a landscape. It provides abundant summer color with a minimum of maintenance, withstands droughts after becoming established, and is relatively free of disease and insect difficulties. Because of these features, crape myrtles should be used more often in the home landscape.

You can view these plants in the entry walk of the Linnaeus Garden.(2015)

Yellow Bells 'Esperanza'

Yellow Bells

In the Tulsa area, Yellow Bells 'Esperanza' is considered an annual. However, if planted in a container, it can survive the winter by moving it into warmer winter quarters. The striking, tubular, 2 1/2-inch bright yellow flowers are highlighted by the attractive, shiny, green foliage and continue through the heat of the summer. The flowers have an odd but pleasing fragrance and also provide nectar for bees.

This plant can be found in a container near the green house and has been a show stopper in our garden since it opened two years ago.(2015)

Pineapple Lily

Pineapple Lily Different view of a Pineapple Lily

Pineapple Lilies are a group of summer flowering perennials that are truly a show stopper. Our guests to the garden keep asking about this unusual plant. In the early spring this bulbous perennial's leaves appear and make you ask "What is it"? Then the long flower stem starts to appear sporting blooms that really do resemble the fruit of a pineapple. It is winter and summer hardy, but does seem to appreciate afternoon shade.

You can find this plant in the entry garden and just outside our outdoor classroom in the boulder garden.(2015)

Robert Poore Phlox

Robert Poore Phlox

The name phlox is derived from the Greek word for flame. 'Robert Poore' is a garden phlox cultivar that typically grows in an upright clump to 3'-4' tall. Fragrant, tubular flowers with long corolla tubes and five flat petal-like lobes are violet-pink. Individual flowers are densely arranged in large, terminal, pyramidal clusters in summer atop stiff, upright stems which seldom need staking.

It is a good fresh cut flower and is a staple of the perennial border. Mixes well with other perennials and provides long summer bloom. Regardless of flower color, garden phlox is attractive to hummingbirds and is a good selection for inclusion in a bird garden.

This plant is located in the Boulder Garden right next to the steps leading down to the barn. (2015)

Flowers Blooming Around And In The Pond

Purple Loosestrife

Purple loosestrife is an erect perennial herb in the loosestrife family, with a square, woody stem and opposite or whorled leaves. It's leaves are lance-shaped, stalk-less, and heart-shaped or rounded at the base.

White Lotus Water Lily

The white lotus is a shallow-water, night-blooming plant with a creeping rootstock (rhizome) that sends up long-stalked, nearly circular, dark green leathery leaves, which float on the surface. The flowers, up to 25 cm (10 in) across, remain open until midday.

You can view these plants in and around our water features at the Linnaeus Garden. (2015)

Blackberry Lily (Belcomanda chiensis)

Blackberry Lily (Belcomanda chiensis)

The name comes from the clusters of shiny black seeds that are exposed when the seed pods burst open. Grown from a bulb, it's a member of the iris family not the lily. The fan shaped leaves will reach 2-3 feet in height.

You can view this plant near the pond at the Linnaeus Garden. (2015)

Fever Few

Fever Few

This traditional medicinal herb is used to prevent migraine headaches, or for ornament. It is also knows as Chrysanthemum parthenium or bachelor's buttons.

This is found in the Herb Garden. (2015)

Oreganos and Marjoram

Oreganos and Margoram

(Shown in the picture from left to right)

Greek Oregano is the true oregano, (used in Greek cooking) which has excellent flavor and is a hardy herb. It grows best in full sun with good drainage.

Golden Oregano grows as a low, perennial spreading herb. Its bright golden color is ornamental, but edible. Grows best in full sun.

Italian Oregano enhances classic Italian cooking. It thrives in lower humidity and well drained soil. The flavor is most intense just before flower forms. Can be used as an edging plant.

Golden Tipped Marjoram grows in mounds of gold tipped green foliage. The flowers are light pink, and the plant can be used as an ornamental or for cooking. Its taste blends well with beef, poultry, or in soups.

These herbs are found in the Herb Garden. (2015)

Hydrangeas - Twist n Shout and Vanilla Strawberry

Twist n Shout Hydrangea with a blue flower head
Twist n Shout Hydrangea with a pink flower head

Like all plants in the Endless Summer Collection, Twist-n-Shout produces abundant blooms on both old and new wood all summer long. Lacy deep-pink centers are surrounded by gorgeous blossoms of pink or periwinkle blue, depending on soil type. Sturdy red stems and glossy deep green leaves turn red-burgundy in fall to offer year-round interest in the garden.

Easy to care for and hardy to zone 4, Twist-n-Shout is an elegant stand-along specimen, dramatic in combination with other plants, and compact enough for containers.

Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea

Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea is a hybrid of an easy-growing, sun-loving hydrangea species. The unusual colors in the blooms of Vanilla Strawberry hydrangea distinguish this showy summer-flowering shrub.

Buds bloom out in incredibly dense white flowers with pinkish centers. As they age, blooms subtly take on a deeper and richer blush, ending in a fantastic, deep strawberry-red color and large cone-shape blooms that form continuously all summer long. The unique red color lasts for three to four weeks.

You can find these beautiful hydrangeas welcoming you in the Entry Garden.(2015)


Angelonia Angelface Pink

Angelface Pink Angelonia

Angelonia Serena Purple

Serena Purple Angelonia

Angelface Pink Angelonia is part of a great new series for Proven Winners. This annual is bred for flower performance as well as a great upright branching growth habit. Serena Purple was chosen as the Spring 2011 Louisiana Super Plant.

Angelonias in containers make full blooming specimen plants that are great for the patio and yard. Planted in the landscape, Angelface will WOW gardeners.

They will flower well into the fall season. The flower stems are great for making vase arrangements providing enjoyment for 10 days or more.

Serena Purple is a standout in our Fountain Garden.(2015)

Last Updated 7/12/2015