The new clock tower garden is built on the theme “As Time Goes By.” It has been dedicated to Anne Culpepper of Rome, Ga. This is a smart phone-friendly guide to the plants involved. Something will be in bloom every day of the year. The pictures for this article were taken on May 1, 2019.
From the parking lot, walk up the sidewalk that is parallel to E. 3rd Street. The garden will be on your right. Flower bed information and butterfly plants will be added at the end of the article. Entering you will have this view:
If you got this far you also passed a “butterfly garden” that qualifies this garden as a part of the Rosalynn Carter Butterfly Trail which starts in Plains, Georgia, and goes north. The butterfly garden plants include: Salvia “pink dawn;” Agastache “Kudos Mandarin;” Echinacea “crazy pink;” Achillea “moonshine;” Salvia guaranitica, “black and blue;” Asclepias incanarta, “butterfly weed;” Monarda, “sugar buzz;” Rudbeckia fulgida “Goldsturm;” Helenium, “Short and sassy;” red salvia; and parsley. I find it interesting that the swallowtail butterfly lays eggs on the parsley and the ensuing caterpillars come out and eat the leaves.
In the seasonal color beds, pansies are planted in October. About the first of May when the pansies are looking good but before they croak from the heat, we will take them out and plant summer flowers which will last until the first frost. The flowers for this year (2019) are Dragon wing begonias, Sunpatiens hybrids, Mexican heather, begonia “big,” angelonia, white cathedral salvia, and a few others. Come often and watch them as they enjoy the summer heat.
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John, Really enjoyed reading about the Clocktower Garden and seeing some of the plants you installed. That is one of my favorite spots in all of Rome. Out of curiosity, how do water everything? The last time I checked, there was no irrigation system on the hill….pretty ironic in that it used to be a water reservoir. Hopefully the City remedied the situation and provided much needed irrigation systems. Hope you’re doing well. Stop by and visit sometime, Layton
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On Tue, May 7, 2019 at 7:34 AM Johntheplantman’s stories, musings, and gardening. wrote:
> John P.Schulz posted: “The new clock tower garden is built on the theme > “As Time Goes By.” It has been dedicated to Anne Culpepper of Rome, Ga. > This is a smart phone-friendly guide to the plants involved. Something will > be in bloom every day of the year. The pictures for this a” >
Thanks for the worry, Layton. I would never plant something like this without irrigation. We put it in in the fall before we planted. The city people have been most cooperative.
We do not often see ‘new’ public gardens, especially in the East. (We have more space for them in the younger and more hastily developed towns of the West.) It must be nice to landscape with dogwoods. I grew them on the farm for years, and they do reasonably well near the coast, but they do not do well in the chaparral climates farther inland. We grew camellias too, as our third or fourth major crop. (I do not remember if we grew more pieris or camellias as the time.)
Where are dogwoods native? The abound in the north Georgia woods and we have planted and cultivated them as part of our culture. While doing a project in Atlanta this spring, I enjoyed watching the northern progression of the dogwood blooms as they followed the weather patterns. Atlanta was covered with blooms and our more northern area followed a week and a half later.
A few years ago a dogwood blight (or fungus) wiped out a lot of the trees in our area but the ones that survived seem to be doing fine.
Until recently, the only dogwoods that we could get in nurseries were the same that are native to that region. Modern cultivars are Asian, or hybrids of American and Asian species. Our most popular dogwood, and one that I just planted six of, is a hybrid of the common dogwoods with the native Western dogwood. It is not quite as spectacular, but is more tolerant of the chaparral climate here.