The annual beds at the Arboretum were quite far behind for this time of year. I guess all the rain delayed planting. They had quite a few orange flowers so that was different.
The geranium was a really eye-popping red. They also had some very bright orange ones.I like the nice markings on the red geranium leaves.
I believe the small trees are lantana which surprised me . They would certainly not be hardy and it would take quite a while to produce a plant of this size. Were they perhaps grafted on to something else? Interesting. As I said, the plantings are very new but it is possible to imagine what it would look like if the plants were fuller: purple salvia, purple millet, pink and orange geraniums, silver artemisia and silvery blue African daisies, and the orange lantana trees.
This is actually mostly small perennials in a shady sunken garden. It was restful and peaceful.
The red leaved celosia in this bed brighten it up. In the centre are castor bean plants which have a great form but they are poisonous.
I like the dotty effect of this planting broken up by the fan-shaped plants (some kind of grass?)
On the home front, my annuals have suffered a lot of slug damage . The nasturtiums and nicotiana are surviving better than the zinnias and cosmos. Maybe next year will be better.