The Jill Griesse Historic Garden at the Robbins Hunter Museum continues to grow with this spring's installation of the "Thoroughly Modern Shrub Border" along the east side.
The existing taxus has been limbed up to reveal its beautiful architectural structure. It was then under planted with shrubs to create enclosure in the garden and perennials for color texture and form. The shrubs chosen were the newer cultivars of long use garden shrubs. Clethra 'Sugartina Crystalina', Viburnum 'All That Glows', Hydrangea macrophylla 'Bloomstruck', Rhododendron 'Bloom A Thon' series and more. These newer shrub cultivars represent the current trend in plant breeding to increase bloom size, lengthen bloom period, and to create compact plants more suitable to the modern garden. The herbaceous plants (perennials) are shade tolerant plants selected for foliage color or pattern and textural interest.
Currently this new planting may not look completely filled in due to the spacing given to allow each plant its full potential. In a few years time, however, this area will develop into a lush and beautiful border. In the fall we will plant more daffodils adding to the collection in honor of Jill and her love of the cheerful spring bloomers.
Installation of this portion of the garden was made possible with a generous gift from The Little Garden Club of Columbus. The garden continues to develop because of the generous support and efforts of many people. We invite you to stop by to see our progress as a garden continues to grow.