Summer has finally arrived in Alberta and the new plants in the perennial trial gardens are starting to take off. We have had lots of visitors to the garden at the Calgary Zoo. It is great to talk to people about gardening in Alberta and all around the world.  One couple this week were visiting from Glasgow, Scotland. They were amazed that we can grow many of the same plants. They were also amazed at our sun and warm temperatures. I didn’t tell them that we were amazed as well.  

Geranium ‘Rozanne’ was the Perennial Plant Association’s perennial of the year for 2008.   

 

Geranium 'Rozanne'

Geranium 'Rozanne'

 

   

Geranium ‘Jolly Bee’  is similar to G. ‘Rozanne’, but is reported to be a bit more blue in colour and more compact in shape.  Both are reblooming geraniums and should flower from early summer into the fall. They have been blooming at the Calgary site for a couple of weeks now.  

Geranium 'Jolly Bee'

Geranium 'Jolly Bee'

 

 Sedum ‘Autumn Charm’ and Sedum ‘Maestro’ are well-worth growing for their striking foliage alone. Here they are with Papaver orientale ‘Double Pleasure’ in the background.  

Sedum 'Autumn Charm' (front) and Sedum 'Maestro' (back)

Sedum 'Autumn Charm' (front) and Sedum 'Maestro' (back)

 

If you are visiting the Calgary Zoo and looking for the Alberta Perennial Trial Garden site, look for the gazebo in the Dorothy Harvie Gardens. The trial garden is behind the gazebo to the left.

Gazebo in the Dorothy Harvie Gardens at the Calgary Zoo

Gazebo in the Dorothy Harvie Gardens at the Calgary Zoo

 

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