During a recent trip to the Charlotte area, I visited Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden for the first time. I was greatly impressed by the garden’s plan and structure. It’s a relatively young public garden, first opening in 1999. The master plan includes additional gardens, so it will just get better and better. And although the plants are still “teenagers”, the garden looks full and lush, with an amazing variety of greenery and color. As you can see below, the garden includes everything from Abelia to Zenobia!
Colorful beds of annual flowers with whimsical "paint cans" spilling color welcome guests as they approach the main entrance of the visitor pavillion.
The Canal Garden, looking back towards the main building, provides formal structure, color from annual flowers, and the cooling effect of water.
The conservatory contains an impressive orchid collection, some of which are displayed here on a rock wall.
'Edward Goucher' glossy abelia blooms all summer with pink bell-shape flowers. It is hardy in Zones 6 through 9.
Dusty zenobia bears clusters of white bell-shape blooms on shrubs with silvery gray foliage. It is hardy in Zones 5 through 9.