June 11 - July 22, 2012
Late-flowering hydrangeas make the courtyard a cool retreat in the summer. Beginning with large, spectacular mopheads and ending with the tall H. paniculata 'Grandifolia', known in America as PeeGees, these fragrant hydrangeas fill the courtyard with their sweet scent. In July, the statuesque Agapanthus appears in the courtyard with its large umbels of inky blue flowers.
Hydrangeas are plants that love water; hence they were named hydr + angeion, the Greek word for vessel. The plants are native to Japan, where they have been grown as ornamental plants for centuries. Western travelers brought them to their gardens in the late eighteenth century. Agapanthus, also known as Lily of the Nile, originates in the southern part of Africa.