We visited Duke Gardens late Sunday morning. The light was bright for taking pictures, but I did anyway. The terrace gardens were packed with interesting plants, some flowering, some not, and the Colocasia (elephant ear) were especially wonderful.
These Caladium were lovely as well.
There were lots of zinnias interplanted with foliage plants for contrast, a fancy Echinacea ‘Southern Belle’ and a beautiful purple Clematis(?) for which I could not find a label.
Off to one side a hedge of Aucuba had lovely patterns in the leaves.
(I think I have an answer to this question now. See below) Does anyone know what this plant is on the left? I like the cool pods and can imagine using them in an arrangement.
Update: The pod source is Datura metel ‘ Double Purple’ – Devil’s Trumpet. Christina’s comment made me take a second look at a photo of the planting placard from that border. This one was in bloom in a different border (so may not be ‘Double Purple’), but matches the plant in question.
Passing through the rose garden as we were leaving I was taken with the color and fragrance of this rose. Each flower had subtle color variations, some more subdued than others.
Oh, and we finally found the bird shelter. Before entering the terraced garden we had made a point to search for it and to stop there awhile. Cardinals, nuthatches and chickadees flitted in and out while we sat high in the trees. We also saw a pair of woodpeckers and possibly a brown thrasher.
The garden covers many acres and we saw just a small fraction this day. It is always a delightful place to spend some time.