There were too many photos to fit into yesterday’s entry about my visit to Bellingrath Gardens, so I’ll finish up today. I was asked to identify a few plants yesterday, and unfortunately the garden does not provide labels, so I’ll identify those that I can, and the others will remain anonymous.
First, a photo of the main path (above) that borders the Great Lawn, planted with coleus, alamanda, lantana, liriope, and other annuals. Shy butterflies (below) darted to and fro, feasting on nectar of the lantanas and pentas tucked in the flowering border. One remained still enough for a moment to capture its photo.
Seemingly wild plantings of bamboo, bananas, gingers, and rice paper plant (Tetrapanax, below) border the dark ponds of the Japanese garden, yet the fast spreading plants have been tamed to maintain clear vistas of the ponds and structures, and the arched bridge.
Live oaks and evergreen magnolias line the paths through the gardens, and hedges of spring blooming azaleas and camellias are surely a magnificent sight in the early spring, but through the summer annual and perennial flowers provide a riot of color.