Sunset Road Triangle

This once bare traffic island was transformed by the garden club in 2000. At center stands a Sargent cherry tree, surrounded by hardy, old-fashioned perennial favorites.

History of the Garden

In 2000, neighbors near the corner of Sunset Road and Boston Post Road noted that the grassy triangle at that intersection could benefit from some landscaping.

Members of the garden club worked with the Department of Public Works to have a Sargent cherry tree planted in the center. Around the tree they added a collection of daylilies and other old favorites, such as thread leaf coreopsis, sedum ‘Autumn Joy,’ amsonia, Siberian iris, rudbeckia, columbine, and lamb’s ears. Drought tolerant plants were chosen as the site has no water source.

By 2015, the garden transformed into a partial shade/sun garden as the cherry tree grew, and thriving perennials were crowding out less vigorous neighbors. Older plants were thinned out and new favorites added including daffodils for an early splash of color, daylilies, Asiatic lilies, geranium, various hostas, salvia, chrysogonum, bleeding heart, astilbe, hibiscus, daisies, coneflowers, and foxglove.

And in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, the gardens will be aglow with the colors of the women’s suffrage movement: purple, yellow/gold, and white.
Therefore, for the 2020 gardens, the Garden Club has introduced a colorful display of annuals: Canna lilies, ‘Prince Tut’ foliage plant, calibrachoa SuperBells ‘Lemon Slice’, Supertunia ‘Priscilla’, sweet alyssum ‘Dark Knight’, and alternanthera ‘Plum Dandy’.