Rose lovers head to Elizabeth Park in Hartford, CT to view the 2.5 acre rose garden filled with 15,000 rose bushes.
The arches and surrounding beds are a wonder to wander through, even on a rainy weekend morning in early June just before the roses hit their peak.
But Elizabeth Park’s 102 acres offers more than roses. Visitors can stroll through other gardens to observe many different plant combinations. Some of the combinations may only spark interest, others may inspire plantings useable at home. Below find a handful of interesting plant combinations you can find at Elizabeth Park.
I was drawn to the herb garden and this fantastic use of thyme as a ground cover.
The perennial garden displays the eye-catching nature of plant groups. Lady’s Mantle (foreground) and the pink astilbe in the far end of this bed are so much more striking in large masses.
The shade garden shows foliage combinations – no flowers needed – featuring brunnera in the foreground and hakonechloa to the rear.
The annual garden is a series of different planting beds. Many were still in the state of planting during my visit but two combinations caught my camera. Whether or not you would plant … or like … this bed of just Japanese blood grass edged by artemisia, it will certainly say ‘wow’ when it fills out.
And, this mass planting of coleus already screams for attention.
A flagpole in front of one of the park’s buildings was adorned by a mass planting of globe allium.
Next to a driving path rests a garden-variety Old Glory.
As with most public gardens, Elizabeth Park is ever-changing. A visit today, just two weeks since these photos, would look very different. It’s creatively stimulating to stroll through gardens planted by others … my curiosity may just draw me back to see how these plantings mature.