Its the time of the year that you see chrysanthemums popping up all over gardens in the Northeast. In some zones, all mums are hardy perennials. In Pittsburgh you will see two types and hardy ones will be marked as winter hardy in nurseries.
With global warming though our winters are becoming milder and even non hardy mums may winter over. So we will leave ours in the ground until spring and see which ones survive. The colors are very vibrant for weeks.
We always considered Gerbera daisies to be annuals. However the U.S. Department of Agriculture says the plant is hardy in zones 8 to 11. Although Pittsburgh is a Zone 6 we have had very mild winters due to global warning and our daisies now seem to be perennials. I hope it is another mild winter so I can see this flower again next summer.
Dahlias have always been one of my favorite summer flowers. They are perennial plants native to Mexico and related to sunflower, daisy, chrysanthemum, and zinnia. I always thought they were only one color but these are a beautiful multicolored variety.
Gladiolus is a genus of perennial flowering plants in the iris family. It is sometimes called the sword lily and is a beautiful addition to any summer garden. If you plant them in the Spring they will bloom in Summer. Plant them again in the summer and they will adorn your fall garden.
This summer is special at the Phipps Conservatory because there is a special exhibition of the fine art glass sculptures of Jason Gamrath.There are always a few glass sculptures in the eight rooms of the conservatory but this year the exhibition adds over 80 works from the brilliant young artist. Each room is dramatically changed by the addition of his artwork. The show is not to be missed and runs throughout the summer. This is my last post on this great exhibit, if you miss it, you can’t say you weren’t warned.