Right around the time that I can’t stand snow anymore, the Philadelphia Flower Show calls me to bask in her spectacular flower displays. I was surrounded by lush landscape, new plants, and wonderful vendors with the promise that spring is just around the corner. I could feel and touch grass, smell the aroma of plants, and wonder why I live in New Jersey, which is blanketed with snow. So, if you are as tired as I am of winter,enjoy my wonderful floral tour of the show.
Picturesque Landscapes at the Philadelphia Flower Show:
Doesn’t this look like Spring has arrived?
Beautiful staircase–fit for a princess.
Who wouldn’t want a Cinderella type wedding?
Unique Flowers that I loved:
The Philadelphia Flower show always surprises me with different flowers or plants that I have never seen. Here are some of the ones I adore:
But I must caution you. As much as I was captivated by the flowers, their beauty needs to be balanced by their care.
Of course I would be remiss if I didn’t tell you about the flower in the picture at the top of this article. It is a delphinium elatum. Isn’t it magnificent?
It is a perennial flower in zones 3 through 7 and can grow from 3 to 5 feet with a spread up to 3 feet. According to Cornell University, this plant can be difficult to maintain. It requires staking, protection from the wind, and high fertility. In addition, it is prone to pests and diseases.
I think she is worth planting.
In case, you don’t want to stake your delphiniums, Annie’s Heirlooms Seeds carried a 3 foot delphinium variety.
Doesn’t this look like Swiss chard? Nope. It is Red Veined Dock. According to Fine Gardening, it grows up from one to three feet tall in clumps of one foot, and is prone to damage from slugs, snails, and rust. (It grows as a perennial and needs full sun in zones 5 to 8.)
What a spectacular low growing plant for the front of your beds.
Note, there is a similar plant called Red Vein Sorrel which is edible. ( You can buy at Johnny’s Selected Seeds.)
This flower is a False Queen Anne Lace. Often times, they are referred to as Bishop flowers.
As beautiful as this flower is, it is toxic to dogs, cats, and horses. In addition, its sap can be irritating to your skin. However, it is a great plant to attract beneficial bugs to the garden.
Garden HQ states that it is a “half hardy annual, and half hardy biennial Ammi .” It should not be confused with Queen Anne Lace which is a different plant.
It grows to 12 to 36 inches in height in zones 3 through 10 in full sunlight to partial shade.
Isn’t this flower so delicate and graceful?
Want to grow this plant? Get seeds HERE. (This company wasn’t listed as part of the Safe Seed Resource list. Ask them if they sell only non-GMO seeds before purchasing from them.) Alternatively, Johnny’s Selected Seeds has these seeds and are part of the above resource list.
Some of my favorite potted plants at the show are as follows:
1. The top left picture is a “Crispy Wave” Fern. It grows best in low light and is touted as an air purifier plant.
2. The top right picture is a Clivia Miniata, which is a member of the Lilly family. It can be grown outside in zones 9 thorough 11 in dappled sunlight or in the house. This plant grows from 1 to 1 1/2 feet with a spread of 2 to 3 feet. (You can buy one HERE. Be sure to read how to care for this plant.)
Rita Taylor notes in her article about this plant,
“Of interest, too, is that the wild-collected plants have smooth exteriors, but the cultivated plants tend to be covered in spines, as is mine.The mature plant is irregularly lobed with short, tapered branches that divide near the tips to form a coral-like crown.”
If you want to grow the plant inside, it needs a few hours of direct sunlight and minimum temperature of 55 degrees.
4. The bottom one is an Asparagus Densiflora. I am in love with this evergreen plant. It grows in zones 9 through 11 in part shade with a height of 2 to 3 feet and width of 3 to 4 feet. It is a serious show stopper.
It can be grown inside and doesn’t require humidity. In addition, you can bring it outside to decorate your patio in the summer.
Missouri Botanical Garden warns to watch for slugs, mites, mealybug and aphids. Plus, leaf spot as well as rots may occur.
Birds like to eat this plants seeds so they can be mildly invasive in a tropical area.
Join the Conversation:
- Did you visit the Philadelphia Flower Show and if so, which plants did you like?
- Would you consider growing any of the above plants.
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