The gardener's eye

The Gardener's Eye

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Putnam Park in Early May

Planter garden in Bloom

Tulipa 'Black Hero'

Mass Planting of Fothergilla major 'Mt. Airy' at Putnam Park Entrance

The fothergilla planting at the entrance to Putnam Park is in full bloom. We used it to replace a hedge of the invasive burning bush, Euonymus alatus about 5 or 6 years ago. Fothergilla major 'Mt Airy' boasts fragrant bottle brush flowers in May and claret-red fall foliage which competes admirably with the fall foliage of the burning bush. We selected the 'Black Hero' tulip this year because it would contrast well against the light grey granite planter.


  1. Love those colors (tulipa, granite, boxwood). Unrelated question: Where do you overwinter all those tender plants in your garden? Do you have a greenhouse?

  2. Thanks James,
    I keep some the succulents and begonias etc. in the living room or our south-facing walkout basement. The dahlias and tender crocosmias are kept dormant in the cool dark part of the basement. One of the volunteers has a 3 season room and overwinters a tender yucca that is the centerpiece of the granite planter. Some indispensable annuals like Browallia americana and Verbena bonariensis we get in 6 packs each year. Alice and Brian McGowan's book Bulbs in the Basement and Geraniums on the Windowsill and Hot Plants for Cool Climates by Susan Roth and Dennis Schrader are 2 good sources of information about overwintering tender plants.

  3. I happened upon your lovely blog- researching on Joanna Reed.
    Next time you visit NY, you must see "Kykuit"- located near Tarrytown.
    You will love the gardens.

  4. pve,
    I'm happy you found my blog. Joanna was a wonderful and generous mentor to me. Kykuit is on my list of gardens to visit. Thanks for the reminder.

  5. Michael,
    There is a lovely shop called "squint" in Irvington NY for wonderful spectacles and a lovely park at the bottom which I would be happy to show you. Not many people know about it. A secret garden of sorts.



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