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August Blooms-A Rainbow of Colors

August, and with good reason, is Jim Gibbs’ favorite month for summer color at the Gardens.  Undaunted by the heat, lush annuals and perennials spill over containers and weave together in planting beds, providing a continuous riot of color. It’s almost as if they have been waiting for just the right moment to take center… Read more

Hydrangeas for Your Garden

It is a banner year for hydrangeas at Gibbs Gardens.   Weather conditions have been favorable and the season is still going strong. There are over 1,000 blooms to see including both native and cultivated varieties. With the mild temperatures and spring rains, many hydrangeas are flowering about two weeks ahead of what is considered their… Read more

Daffodils for Every Garden

It’s early March at Gibbs Gardens and the daffodils are blooming !  This is a good time to set the record straight with a few facts about Daffodils. To begin, all daffodils belong to the genus Narcissus, the scientific name for daffodils. There are many different types including fragrant selections, miniatures and doubles. Some varieties… Read more

Gibbs Gardens in December

Sunday, December 13 is the last day of the 2015 season to visit Gibbs Gardens but winter doesn’t officially arrive until December 22nd.  Early in the month there are unexpected delights like the Chinese Fringe tree, Chionanthus retusus, pictured here in the Japanese Garden. Every year it is one of the last trees to show… Read more

Plant Portraits November

At Gibbs Gardens, November is a time when I appreciate the variety of trees, both evergreen and deciduous, that shine in the fall landscape. Among the ornamental trees, Japanese maples are the stars, especially when they display their autumn finery. Favorites of mine include the coral bark maple,also known as ‘Sango Kaku’ and ‘Ryusen,’ a… Read more

October in the Gardens

As I look around the Gardens in mid-October I appreciate the light and shadows of autumn and the reflections in the various ponds. I also note how the views change with the season as deciduous trees drop their leaves and evergreens seem to step forward. The burning bush, Euonymus alatus, offers some of the earliest… Read more

Hydrangea blooms

Summer Whites

I have always been attracted to white flowers.  There’s something soothing about them, especially during the hot summer months.   And, while I appreciate colorful annuals and perennials, white blooms make me feel cooler, even if the thermometer says it’s hot. Below is a list of some of my favorite summer whites growing at Gibbs Gardens,… Read more

roses

Roses, Hydrangeas, Ferns and more- late May and early June

May is a beautiful time at Gibbs Gardens.  This year, the selection of mock orange, Philadelphus ‘Natchez,’ was spectacular. The flowers are fragrant with a scent that reminds some of sweet orange.  This sturdy shrub has a fountain-shaped habit and can easily reach 8 to 10 feet or taller.   In late spring, it is covered… Read more

Rhododendrons and azaleas

  What a difference a year makes.  This spring in 2015, at the Gardens, April showers have brought lots of April flowers, including some large evergreen rhododendrons that didn’t bloom last year until May. Just to clarify, all azaleas are rhododendrons, but not all rhododendrons are azaleas. The genus Rhododendron includes many different types of… Read more

Daffodils and their companions

It is mid-March at Gibbs Gardens and the hills and valleys glow golden with millions of daffodil flowers.  I know I’m not alone when I say that these harbingers of spring are especially welcome this year after the long, cold winter we’ve experienced.  Whether you call them jonquils, daffodils or Narcissus, all belong to the… Read more