While in California, we stayed at Disneyland, at the Grand Californian Hotel, and went into the park three or four days. I remember many of the plantings at DisneyWorld, having once done their garden tour while visiting, and was curious to see how different things would be. That was in the days long before digital cameras, so I'm going to have to rely on my memories. What I remember best about DisneyWorld is lots and lots of bedding annuals. Disneyland is smaller and there is more dependence on tropical and drought-tolerant perennials, although they do have drip irrigation, and there were roses and other flowers that require it.
We didn't go on a lot of rides. I had fun wandering with my camera taking pictures of the plants. In fact, I nearly walked into people and lamp-posts and tripped over curbs and strollers full of screaming toddlers, looking probably a lot like a zombie hungry for PLAAAANNNTTSSS (instead of BRAAAIIINNNSS).
So, I'll more or less shut up now and show you some of those photos.
|They had a surprising number of large Agaves|
|Pretty sure those are Furcraeas behind the Agapanthus|
|Yellow daylily trying to escape|
|Intellectually I knew I was in USDA zone 10, but still -- Strelitzia reginae/Bird of Paradise. In. The. Ground.|
|Probably a Mexican fan palm|
|Pelargoniums that I'm sure stay out in that window box year-round|
|A beautiful Bougainvillea|
|We smelled this Brugmansia long before we actually saw it|
|Nigel asked me what the red-leafed plant was|
|Nope. No idea.|
|I know that's a Hibiscus|
|Hey look! It's a Bromeliad tree, dripping with Spanish moss.|
|They had huge Bromeliads in the ground too.|
|Begonias, including one with enormous leaves|
|Bamboo, palms and possibly giant Bird of paradise/Strelitzia nicolai|
|In Bug's Land, all the enormous plantings were designed to make both adults and children feel small|
|Not plants, but an excellent sentiment|