The View From Halcyon Farm: The Gardens

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One of the most well-known features of Halcyon Farm is its beautiful gardens. From a lush cutting garden to a bountiful vegetable garden, to formal gardens with elaborate planted urns, this is a garden that takes every advantage of our long hot summers.

This year, the garden featured a wide variety of purple flowers and plants. As you walk through the gardens, you see this common note and while it’s not garish or showy, it does catch your eye and draw your attention.

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Let’s take a look.

This hyacinth bean (Lablab purpureus) climbs up through the trellis and over the other side. Its lilac colored flowers and deep purple seed pods, which resemble beans, make this fast grower a great plant to use for coverage.

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This beauty is a wavy datura or jimsonweed (Datura stramonium). Every single part of this plant is quite poisonous, but it’s also gorgeous. The flowers open at night and can be up to seven or eight inches across.

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The central urn is surrounded by a variety of coleus (Solenostemon scutellarioides) plants, some of which are green with purple, and others which are purple with green. The urn holds a banana plant, which has deep purple sword shaped leaves. The cascading bright green plant is a sweet potato vine. The hedging, a barberis, (Barberis thunbergii) is a deep green and the new growth on the top is a dark purple.

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The dahlias (Dahlia hortensis) are one of the marvels of this garden. They are a tuberous plant, so each fall, the tubers are dug up and overwintered. Then they are replanted in the spring, after the last frost. They grow to more than five feet high! Halcyon’s dahlias range from a deep burgundy, to purple and white striped varieties. 

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The verbena is getting ready to go to seed, but the blossom heads are still so beautiful, and when you see them close up, they are really masses of flowers. 

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When you step back a bit, you can really see how purple figures prominently into the garden scheme!

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Read The View from Halcyon Farm Saturdays in Baltimore Fishbowl Weekend.  The View from Halcyon Farm is a sponsored post from Halcyon House Antiques, a fine home boutique in Lutherville. To learn more about Halcyon House Antiques, read our story here, or visit the Halcyon House website. 

 

Meg Fielding

Meg Fielding writes the local interior design and lifestyle blog Pigtown Design. She enjoys dual citizenship with the US and the UK.


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