Today Eric Sternfels is taking us to visit a beautiful community-created garden in Philadelphia called Ned Wolf Park. He introduced us to this lovely garden before (A Garden Made by a Community ), and I’m excited to take a trip back.
A few years ago you featured an ornamental community garden in Northwest Philadelphia, in a neighborhood called Mt. Airy. As the spring has progressed, I’ve taken more photos of new features. Ned Wolf Park is just 50 feet by 150 feet, but it manages to pack lots of rich planting combinations in successional planting strategies. Because of the pandemic, the park’s gardens have become a more special destination for the community to meet and to practice tai chi or yoga.
This is a tulip that definitely steps out of the ordinary. The pink petals of ‘China Town’ are each painted with a flame of green, and the foliage is outlined with white variegation. Here is an elegant standout paired with the silver-and-green leaves of Brunnera macrophylla (Zones 3–8).
In front of this bench is a low mass of lavender-pink flowers from Cardamine quinquefolia (Zones 6–8), an unusual spring ephemeral that goes dormant and disappears after it finishes flowering.
Another unusual tulip, this is the variety ‘Green Star’.
Another view of the beautiful flowers of ‘Green Star’.
A bleeding heart (Dicentra eximia, Zones 3–9), with its nodding pink flowers and ferny foliage.
Japanese maples (Acer palmatum, Zones 5–9) may never be as beautiful as when their leaves are just opening in the spring.
Grape hyacinths (Muscari armeniacum, Zones 3–9) make a wonderful purple-blue backdrop to these melon-colored tulips.
I love this view. There is something so peaceful and beautiful about this space, and the row of purple tulips is just the perfect complement to the art on the wall.
The flower color of this tulip is perfectly echoed by the foliage of the heuchera (Heuchera hybrid, Zones 4–9) planted around it.
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