JC Raulston Arboretum
The gardens were busy (it was Mother's Day) and there were way too many children running around. Despite that, it was a great start to our vacation. The gardens are composed of various rooms and areas including a large perennial border, rose garden, butterfly garden, xeric garden, Japanese garden, rooftop garden and that is just a sampling.
|This was just a small section of the Perennial Border.|
|Digitalis (Foxglove) with Asiatic lilies in the background|
|Cotinus coggyria "Golden Spirit' Smokebush|
|I loved this tree - Catalpa bignonioides 'Aurea'. This was such a beautiful combination.|
|Another plant we feel in love with was Abutilon megapotamicum 'Little Imp'|
(Flowering Maple). I've grown them in pots before but had never seen such large plants grown in the ground. I got one of these at Plant Delights!
|The Butterfly Garden|
|There were incredibly aged crape mrytles all over the gardens. This was was located in the Japanese Garden.|
|Pineapple Guava (Acca sellowiana 'NCSU Hardy') - I want this!|
|Bear's Breeches (Acanthus 'Summer Beauty')|
|Acer rubrum 'Snow Fire' - Isn't this beautiful?|