This plant has many names. Flowering Maple, Indian Mallow, Chinese Lantern. The leaves resemble the leaves of the Maple Tree. Indian Mallow is because it is part of the Mallow family. Chinese Lantern because of the shape of the flowers that are long lasting. Here in the northern hemisphere it needs to be brought indoors before the first frost and can be put outdoors after the last frost. It is pretty to look at! It would add colour to any garden.
American Wisteria. This vigorous grower is far less rampant than non-native Wisteria but just as showy. In late May, long racemes of lavender-blue flowers appear and repeat during the summer months. Flowers are showy, fragrant and attract butterflies while providing great nesting and cover for native birds. Information from American Beauties, Native Plants
This was discovered one morning in early August, not long before I was going to leave to go home! There had not been a double flower in one pod before, so it was a real treat for me to capture this and also for the homeowner to have this happen on her bush! In fact there was a second double flower pod a few days later! This bush is about 20 years old.
Crown Imperial is an impressive, spring flowering bulb that has been cultivated since the 16th century. It grows very quickly to a height of 3-4 feet and adorns itself with a crown of nodding, bell shaped flowers topped with a pineapple-like tuft of bright, glossy green leaves. The flower clusters last about 2-3 weeks. One downside to these exotic looking plants is that the bulbs have the fragrance of Eau D’pew. The upside is that the skunky aroma tends to repel moles and other rodents away from your bulb garden. This information is from, http://www.thegardenhelper.com I captured this flower in the Perennial Border at the Toronto Botanical Gardens on Mother’s Day! The flowers do not have a scent.