Olympic Park Europe Garden, July

In July, just like in a real hay meadow, the Europe Garden takes on a real sense of ripening and maturity, as the grasses flowers start to bleach.  Leucanthemum ‘T.E.Killin’ comes to the end of its flowering period, and the white daisies of the first part of the summer start to fade.

The grass Achnatherum calamagrostis takes over as the dominant visual grass species, with its graceful arching stems.  At this time, a whole new set of species starts to rise up through the layers.

Sanguisorba officinalis, with its wiry stems and collection of red thimble flowers erupts over the whole area.  Scattered Inula magnifica throw up their yellow flowers.

Strips of Allium sphaerocephalum, with intense purple flower heads, flower beside the naturalistic meadow plantings and blocks of dark Molinia caerulea.

Below is a gallery of images of the Europe Garden from July.  Click on an image to stop the slide show