WellesleyWeston Magazine

SUMMER 2012

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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gardening in bloom greenhouse flower beds the green scene Vertical Virtues flora horticulture shrubbery RUTH FURMAN writer summertime, the season of glorious blooms, the surround sound of nature, and children playing outdoors—it's your garden in full swing. Flowers spilling along pathways and running riot in beds and borders are truly the picture of summer. But while you may have the picture, where's the poetry? A gently undu- lating border may look wonderful, but incorpo- rating vertical interest will give your outdoor space some additional oomph. If you think you have filled in all of the available space in your garden, think again. A vertical feature doesn't need a big footprint, a bonus for the smaller suburban gardens of today. If you're uncertain as to what kind of climb- ing plant or vertical architectural feature you want to commit to, think about using annual climbers that can be simply supported with a bamboo stake or two. An old-time favorite, the sweet pea, Lathyrus odoratus, flowers all sum- mer until frost in a broad range of colors from pastels to intense rich purples and reds. With its wonderfully spicy scent no summer bouquet should be without this beauty. The cultivar 'Cupani' is considered the oldest and still one of the best, being in cultivation since 1699. A favorite of hummingbirds is the cardinal climber, Ipomoea quamoclit, a species of morning glory with small, star-shaped red flowers offset by feathery foliage. It takes sun to part sun and, like all morning glories, it self sows freely. An unusual climber is the canary creeper, Tropaeolum peregrinum, with fringed yellow flowers that stand out from the light green deeply cut foliage, and it will take partial shade. All of these annual climbers are easily started from seed. 12 Sweet Pea Lathyrus odoratus WellesleyWeston Magazine | summer 2012 AMINEIMO / DREAMSTIME . COM

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