One of my favorite things to do when I have some spare time is to visit Raleigh Botanical Gardens.  I love the new perennial and annual plants that I learn about and it just de-stresses me like nothing else seems to do.

Garden Tour - Raleigh Botanical GardensRaleigh has a great Botanical Garden called JC Raulston Arboretum. The beauty of these botanical gardens is that plants displayed there are all suitable for growing in the south east USA.

Since I live in Raleigh, it gives me great ideas for new plants to try to procure with no worry that they won’t be suitable to our climate.

I made a visit to the gardens late last summer when the flowers were abundant.    Here is the result – a slide show of plants all suitable to North Carolina.  Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy!

Dragon display at the entry to the Raleigh Botanical gardensThe show starts with my favorite. This gorgeous display of dragons which seem to be swimming in the lawn are at the entry of the Botanical Gardens.  Very popular with all the visitors and so colorful!

Eusomis autumnalis - pineapple lilyThis lily is a Eucomis autumnalis – more commonly called a pineapple lily.  I love the white flower stalk rising above those bright green leaves.  It looks almost like lily of the valley!

Lillum "Kissproof"

Wouldn’t you love this show of lilies in your yard?  The name of it is Lillum “Kissproof.”  This lily is hardy in zones 4-8 and can tolerate full sun to part shade.  I love the whimsical name too!

Hibiscus SUMMERIFIC variety. 'Cranberry CrushA zone 7 hardy Hibiscus!  At last.  All of the hibiscus plants that I have purchased here in Raleigh have been semi tropical and will not over winter.  This variety is Hibiscus SUMMERIFIC var. ‘Cranberry Crush’.  I’ll be on the look out for it this year. It is hardy in zones 4 to 9, so it can be grown a bit further north too!

Two varieties of HydrangeasHydrangeas are a plant that I have in several spots in my garden. These two have gorgeous flowers.   The white one is Hydrangea Paniculate – ‘Limelight” and the pink variety is Hydrangea macrophylla – “Forever and ever.” (gotta love the name that makes you think you will have an endless supply of flowers!)

Angel's Trumpet - Brugmansia

This beauty is an Angel’s trumpet – Brugmansia.  I love the pink and white candy cane striped flowers and they were huge!  Can’t wait to find these.

Echinacea Quills N ThrillsWhat perennial garden would be complete without a cone flower?  This variety is called Echinacea “Quills N Thrills” and the seedpod tells why the name has quills in it.  It is almost like a hedgehog!  Hardy in zones 3-8.

Agapanthus Orientalis white - White Lily of the NileMy final photo (for today) is a showy Agapanthus from the White Gardens at the Arboretum.  It’s a Acanthus Orientalis and is also called White Lily of the Nile.

Stay tuned for more photos in another post.  I could not stop taking photos while I was there!

If you enjoy touring Botanical gardens, be sure to put Beech Creek Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve in Ohio on your list to visit, too.


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