Lewisia (Lewisii spp.) isn’t a plant I’ve come across very often here in Calgary, so I was absolutely delighted last week when I spotted a couple of specimens in bloom in the William Reader Rock Garden. If my own rock garden ever happens, there will be more than a couple of these beauties tucked in. Do you grow them?
Apart from the staff bustling away at the tea house, the whole of the William Reader Rock Garden was mine one morning last week. It was utterly blissful. Especially when you contemplated scenes like this, which were pretty much everywhere. It’s a wonder I didn’t trip over my jaw and stumble on the rocks.
And this is the garden past its peak, sliding into autumn.
Drought tolerant plant selections may not be on the top of the lists of Alberta gardeners right now, given the extremely wet weather we’ve been experiencing, but we all know the rain can’t last forever (one more day and I’ll go nutty, I swear!). Perennial creeping phlox(Phlox subulata) ‘Candy Stripe’ is a lovely rockery plant that would fit in nicely with a xeriscaping design. This sun lover is a great choice to attract bees and butterflies to the garden – and don’t you think the flowers are just so cute and cheery? You couldn’t walk past without smiling! Are you growing any types of phlox (creeping or otherwise) in your garden? What are your favourite rockery plants?