Archive for July 30th, 2009


By the middle of July, dayliles are reaching peak bloom. I recently visited Whitehouse Perennials, located between Carleton Place and Almonte, where Bloomfest was underway. The nursery features an American Hemerocallis Society Display Garden, where you can see hundreds of daylilies in a wide range of colours and forms. As the daylily season moves into top gear, the nursery hosts Bloomfest to show off the flowers.


One of the most pleasant ways to learn more about garden plants and design is to visit other gardens. You are sure to pick up an idea or two on plant combinations or new flowers you would like to try or a special feature that catches your eye.


Daylilies star in the Whitehouse beds and borders. But many other lovely perennials also shine.


Red hot pokers (kniphofia) and salvia, daylilies and monarda provide eye-catching displays.


A screen of trees gives way to a walkway along a pond and waterfall.


A shade garden features heuchera, snakeroot (cimicifuga) and hostas. I especially liked this sculptural feature.


After strolling through the garden areas, you can continue to the back of the nursery, where the daylily fields are located. In addition to potted plants, the nursery offered clumps of daylilies, dug from the field while you wait, for sale to garden visitors.

It was a beautiful sunny day, perfect for finding inspiration in the impressive gardens.


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