Dahlia ‘Lauren Michele’

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Waterlily dahlia that is a lavender purple on the top of the petals and a darker purple on the underside of the petal.

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Dahlia is a genus of bushy, tuberous, herbaceous perennial plants native to Mexico. A member of the Asteraceae [or Compositae], dicotyledonous plants, related species include the sunflower, daisy, chrysanthemum and zinnia. There are 42 species of dahlia, with hybrids commonly grown as garden plants. Flower forms are variable, with one head per stem; these can be as small as 2 in [5.1 cm] diameter or up to 1 ft [30 cm] or “dinner plate”.

Photos: Flower DomeGardens by the BaySingapore [20160211]

Source: Wikipedia

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Dahlia ‘Jacqueline’

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Dahlia is a genus of bushy, tuberous, herbaceous perennial plants native to Mexico. A member of the Asteraceae [or Compositae], dicotyledonous plants, related species include the sunflower, daisy, chrysanthemum and zinnia. There are 42 species of dahlia, with hybrids commonly grown as garden plants. Flower forms are variable, with one head per stem; these can be as small as 2 in [5.1 cm] diameter or up to 1 ft [30 cm] or “dinner plate”.

Photo: Flower DomeGardens by the BaySingapore [20150131]

Source: Wikipedia

Dahlia ‘Rural Leah’

Dahlia is a genus of bushy, tuberous, herbaceous perennial plants native to Mexico. A member of the Asteraceae [or Compositae], dicotyledonous plants, related species include the sunflower, daisy, chrysanthemum and zinnia. There are 42 species of dahlia, with hybrids commonly grown as garden plants. Flower forms are variable, with one head per stem; these can be as small as 2 in [5.1 cm] diameter or up to 1 ft [30 cm] or “dinner plate”.

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Photos: Flower DomeGardens by the BaySingapore [20150125, 20150131]

Source: Wikipedia

Lavandula dentata: Serenity Lavender

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Lavandula dentata is a species of flowering plant in the Lamiaceae family, native to the Mediterranean, the Atlantic islands and the Arabian peninsula. Growing to 60 cm tall, it has gray-green, linear or lance-shaped leaves with toothed edges and a lightly woolly texture. The long-lasting, narrow spikes of purple flowers, topped with pale violet bracts, first appear in late spring. The whole plant is strongly aromatic with the typical lavender fragrance.

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Its native habitat includes low hills with limestone substrates amidst other shrubs. It is commonly grown as an ornamental plant and its essential oil is used in perfumes.

Photos: Flower DomeGardens by the BaySingapore [20140509]

Source: Wikipedia

Lavandula stoechas: Topped lavender

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Lavandula stoechas [French lavender, Spanish lavender, or topped lavender] is a species of flowering plant in the family Lamiaceae, occurring naturally in Mediterranean countries.

An evergreen shrub, it usually grows to 30–100 cm [12–39 in] tall and wide, occasionally up to 2 m [7 ft] high in the subspecies luisieri. The leaves are 1–4 cm long, greyish and tomentose.

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The flowers are pink to purple, produced on spikes at the top of slender, leafless stems 10–30 cm [4–12 in] long; each flower is subtended by a bract 4–8 mm long. At the top of the spike are a number of much larger, sterile bracts [no flowers between them], 10–50 mm long.

Photos: Flower DomeGardens by the BaySingapore [20140509]

Source: Wikipedia

Lavandula angustifolia: English lavender

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Lavandula angustifolia [lavender or English lavender, though not native to England; also common lavender, true lavender, narrow-leaved lavender], formerly Lavandula officinalis, is a flowering plant in the family Lamiaceae, native to the western Mediterranean, primarily the Pyrenees and other mountains in northern Spain.

It is a strongly aromatic shrub growing as high as 1 to 2 metres [3.3 to 6.6 ft] tall. The leaves are evergreen, 2–6 centimetres [0.79–2.36 in] long, and 4–6 millimetres [0.16–0.24 in] broad. The flowers are pinkish-purple [lavender-coloured], produced on spikes 2–8 cm [0.79–3.15 in] long at the top of slender, leafless stems 10–30 cm [3.9–11.8 in] long.

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English lavender is commonly grown as an ornamental plant. It is popular for its colourful flowers, its fragrance and its ability to survive with low water consumption.

The following cultivars have gained the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit:  ‘Alba’ [large white], ‘Beechwood Blue’, ‘Hidcote’, ‘Imperial Gem’, ‘Miss Katherine’, ‘Nana Alba’ [dwarf white], ‘Richard Gray’, ‘Sawyers’, ‘Sussex’.

Photos: Flower DomeGardens by the BaySingapore [20140509]

Source: Wikipedia

Salvia greggii: Autumn Sage

Salvia greggii [Autumn sage] is a herbaceous perennial native to a long, narrow area from southwest Texas, through the Chihuahuan Desert and into the Mexican state of San Luis Potosi, typically growing in rocky soils at elevations from 5,000 to 9,000 ft [1,500 to 2,700 m]. It was named and described in 1870 by botanist Asa Gray after Josiah Gregg [1806 – 1850], a merchant, explorer, naturalist, and author of the American Southwest and Northern Mexico who found and collected the plant in Texas.

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^ Salvia greggii ‘Coronado Pink’

It is closely related to and frequently hybridizes with Salvia microphylla. Contrary to its common name, it blooms throughout the summer and autumn.

Salvia greggii is a highly variable plant, with numerous named cultivars, reaching anywhere from 1 to 4 ft [0.30 to 1.2 m] in height and less in width. It can be either upright or mounding. The leaves are typically mid-green and glabrous, tending to be less than 1 in [2.5 cm] long, and with a spicy fragrance. Flower size and color are extremely variable. Flowers reach from .25 to 1 in [0.64 to 2.5 cm] in length, and include many shades of scarlet and red [most common in the wild], along with rose, white, pink, lavender, apricot, and violet.

Photo: AtlantaGA. [20130803]

Source: Wikipedia