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What’s in Bloom – June 23, 2017

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

Staff Picks


This week, be sure to make your way up under the Rose Arbor in the Arbor Garden. There you’ll find Clematis ‘Multi Blue’ blooming it’s little head off! The color is simply out of this world! – Syretha, horticulturist


Phyteuma scheuzeri, the horned rampion. You just have to see this awesome little perennial in the Children’s Garden. – Jen D., horticulturist


This lovely lilac is blooming in the front of the Lerner Garden. Syringa komarowii hails from southwest China, and is very rare in this area. The seed for this plant was collected by Dan Hinckly on one of his plant expeditions several years ago. – Will, horticulturist


Be sure to stop and smell the roses… the ‘Alexandra’ Wine and Roses Weigela, that is! This low maintenance deciduous shrub looks beautiful overlooking the pond in the Lerner Garden of the Five Senses. – Sarah M., marketing and events intern


The mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia) on the Haney Hillside is blooming now! – Patty, horticulturist


Finally, this beautiful biennial, Dianthus barbarous ‘Sooty’ is so worth the wait. There is so much to love about this plant from foliage to bloom. See it flowering in the Bibby and Harold Alfond Children’s Garden. – Jen D., horticulturist
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Use for Ajuga reptans

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

If you’ve been dropping by our blog regularly, you’ll know that Syretha, one of our horticulturists, recently posted about her fondness for Ajuga varieties (currently in bloom here at the Gardens), and I have to second that fondness.
Though I have to say, as an herbalist, I’m definitely biased; any plant regularly dismissed as an invader or a common weed, well, I’m bound and determined to discover a use for, herbal or otherwise.

It just so happens that Ajuga (Ajuga reptans) has long secured a place in the herbal tradition. Among the common names for Ajuga, “Bugle” might be the most well-known, though perhaps “Carpenter’s Herb” gives you the best idea as to its traditional use. Although rarely used these days, Ajuga was a common choice, externally applied, to stop bleeding (what we herbalists call an astringent, styptic herb).
In my practice, I have used it this way with quite a bit of success. Usually, I harvest the entire plant as it comes into flower (though I’m always careful to leave plenty for the pollinators), then dry it, and include it in wound-relieving salves and oils.

While Ajuga has historically been used both to arrest internal bleeding and as a heart tonic, it’s too dangerous an herb to experiment with internally. Externally, though, it’s quite safe. In fact, Nicholas Culpeper, a 17th-Century English botanist, herbalist, and physician, had this to say about our common Ajuga: “…if the leaves, bruised and applied, or their juice be used to wash and bathe [the skin], [Ajuga can] cureth the worse sores. [O]utwardly applied, it helpeth those that have broken any bone or have any…out of joint. [A salve made with Ajuga as an ingredient] is so efficacious for all sorts of hurts in the body that none should be without it.”
Intrigued? Stop by the Gardens to identify (though not to harvest…) Ajuga reptans.
– Amy Jirsa, writer/editor

What’s In Bloom – June 15, 2017

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

Staff Picks


The fringe trees (Chionanthus virginicus) on the Cleaver Event Lawn are covered in delicate white flowers! June is one of the best months to come up to the Event Lawn because of all of the flowering trees. The dogwoods are just starting to bloom too, so the next few weeks will be spectacular! – Anna L., Horticulturist


Can’t get enough of this early blooming alpine aster (Aster alpinus ‘Goliath’). Don’t let the name fool you. This pleasing perennial only grows about a foot tall and wide. You can discover it’s beauty in the Little Leaf Garden of the Bibby and Harold Alfond Children’s Garden. And if that weren’t enough, it is also a butterfly and hummingbird magnet. – Jen D., Horticulturist


It’s peony time of year! Peonies have got to be one of my all time favorite plants for their blooms, and we have some exceptional varieties at the gardens. This week I want to give a shout out to all the awesome varieties, from the Lerner Garden to the Children’s Garden and beyond! Here’s a photo of just one of our amazing specimens to lure you in to check them out for yourself – Paeonia ‘Sonoma Welcome’ in the Great Lawn bed across from the Burpee Kitchen Garden. Come and see them all! – Syretha B., Horticulturist
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What’s in Bloom – June 9, 2017

Friday, June 9th, 2017

Staff Picks


The Camassia leichtlinii ‘Coerulea’ is a gorgeous color in the back end of the Cleaver Event Lawn. – Anna L., horticulturist


Paeonia rockii ‘Xue Lian’ and Paeonia rockii (Tree Peonies) are both in bloom just to the left of the Lerner Garden. They don’t last long, so get in here quick to see them. – Will, horticulturist


This ‘Russel Red’ lupine is the first Lupine up in the great lawn area and brings a great splash of red to the landscape! – Sarah S., horticulturist


This week I just have to give a shout out to the Weigela florida ‘White Knight’ at the back of the Arbor Garden. While my secret room is still awaiting new chairs, it’s still a delightful destination for looking over the Haney Hillside. Plus now you get to walk through this! AND the hummingbirds love it! – Syretha, horticulturist


The fragrance from this cut-leaf lilac (Syringa X laciniata) on the Great Lawn is amazing and the pale purple color is beautiful. – Sarah S., horticulturist


This fiery little biennial Dianthus ‘Sooty’ has been worth the wait! The blooms are just getting started in this photo and have not yet opened so check back next week, or better yet, stop by to see them in person by the Coloring Cottage in the Children’s Garden. – Jen D., horticulturist


The chives (Allium schenoprasum) are just starting to open up fully in the Lerner Garden! – Sarah S., horticulturist

Full List

Bibby and Harold Alfond Children’s Garden
Abies numidica – Algerian Fir
Acer japonicum ‘Aconitifolium’ – Fern-leaf Full Moon Maple
Acer tegmentosum ‘Joe Witt’ – Manchurian Snakebark Maple
Amsonia rigida – Stiff Blue Star
Arisaema triphyllum Mrs. French’s Veined Form (#2) – Jack-in-the-pulpit (Mrs. French’s Veined Form)
Aronia arbutifolia ‘Brilliantissima’ – Red Chokeberry
Asimina triloba ‘Sunflower’ – Pawpaw
Brunnera macrophylla ‘Hadspen Cream’ – Siberian Bugloss
Brunnera macrophylla ‘Looking Glass’ – Siberian Bugloss
Brunnera macrophylla ‘Silver Wings’ – Siberian Bugloss
Chamaepericlymenum canadense – Bunchberry
Disporum megalanthum – Fairy-bells
Epimedium ‘Pink Champagne’ – Barrenwort
Epimedium ‘Spritzer’ – Barrenwort
Epimedium stellulatum Long-leaf Form – Barrenwort (Long-leaf Form)
Euphorbia myrsinites – Myrtle Spurge; Broad-leaves Glaucous Spurge; Donkey-tail Spurge; Blue Spurge; Myrtle Euphorbia
Euphorbia palustris ‘Walenburg’s Glorie’ – Swamp Spurge
Fragaria x ananassa ‘Seascape’ – Strawberry
Geranium maculatum ‘Espresso’ – Cranesbill
Geum triflorum – Old-man’s-whiskers; Prairie Smoke; Purple Avens
Halesia carolina – Carolina Silverbell
Helleborus foetidus – Stinking Hellebore
Helleborus x hybridus [Anna’s Red] = ‘ABCRD02’ Frostkiss Series – Frostkiss Series Anna’s Red Lenten Rose
Helleborus x hybridus ‘Blue Metallic Lady’ – Lenten Rose
Helleborus x hybridus ‘Double Lady Mix’ – Lenten Rose
Lamprocapnos spectabilis – Bleediing-heart
Leucothoe fontanesiana ‘Rainbow’ – Dog-hobble
Paeonia obovata ssp. willmottiae – Chinese Woodland Peony
Paeonia ostii – Tree Peony
Paeonia tenuifolia ssp. lithophila – Fern Leaf Peony
Podophyllum pleianthum Marbled Leaves, Red-flowered – Chinese Mayapple
Polygonatum humile Case Form – Dwarf Solomon’s-seal (Case Form)
Polygonatum verticillatum – Whorled Solomon’s-seal
Primula kisoana – Primrose
Rheum officinale Large Leaf Form – Chinese Rhubarb (Large Leaf Form)
Rhododendron ‘Blue Baron’
Rhododendron degronianum ssp. yakushimanum ‘Koichiro Wada’ – Yakushima Rhododendron
Rhododendron ‘Lemon Dream’
Rhododendron ‘Mary Belle’
Sarracenia purpurea – Common Pitcher Plant
Sarracenia x chelsonii – Chelson’s Pitcher Plant
Speirantha convallarioides – False Lily-of-the-valley
Syringa [Bloomerang Purple] = ‘Penda’ – Bloomerang Purple Lilac
Syringa [Tinkerbelle] = ‘Bailbelle’ – Tinkerbelle Dwarf Lilac
Trillium flexipes – Nodding Wakerobin
Trillium stamineum – Twisted Trillium
Trillium sulcatum – Southern Red Trillium
Vaccinium angustifolium – Lowbush Blueberry
Vaccinium corymbosum ‘Chandler’ – Highbush Blueberry
Vaccinium ‘Northsky’ – Half-high Blueberry

Birch Allee
Helleborus niger [Ivory Prince] = ‘Walhelivor’ – Ivory Prince Lenten Rose
Pulmonaria ‘British Sterling’ – Lungwort

Arbor Garden
Ajuga reptans ‘Pink Lightning’ – Bugleweed
Allium Giant Mixed – Ornamental Onion Mix
Allium Giant Mixed – Ornamental Onion Mix
Allium ‘Purple Caila’ – Ornamental Allium
Arctostaphylos uva-ursi ‘Massachusetts’ – Bearberry
Aurinia saxatalis ‘Compacta’ – Basket-of-gold
Bellevalia paradoxa
Benthamidia japonica var. chinensis ‘Milky Way’ – Chinese Dogwood
Cerastium tomentosum ‘Yo Yo’ – Snow-in-summer
Cercis canadensis [Lavender Twist] = ‘Covey’ – Eastern Redbud
Chaenomeles speciosa ‘Scarlet Storm’ Double Take Series – Double Take Series Flowering Quince
Eryngium planum ‘Blue Hobbit’ – Sea Holly
Fritillaria imperialis ‘Maxima Lutea’ – Crown Imperial
Geum rivale ‘Flames of Passion’ – Avens
Geum triflorum – Old-man’s-whiskers; Prairie Smoke; Purple Avens
Narcissus [Holland Mixture] – Holland Mixture Daffodils
Nepeta ‘Early Bird’ – Catmint
Paris quadrifolia – Herb-Paris
Pulmonaria ‘Majeste’ – Lungwort
Rodgersia sambucifolia – Rodger’s Flower
Spiraea x vanhouttei ‘Renaissance’ – Bridal-wreath
Syringa [Tinkerbelle] = ‘Bailbelle’ – Tinkerbelle Dwarf Lilac
Weigela florida ‘White Knight’

Bosarge Family Education Center
Anemone canadensis – Canada Anemone
Aronia melanocarpa ‘Autumn Magic’ – Black Chokeberry
Aronia melanocarpa ‘Autumn Magic’ – Black Chokeberry
Geranium maculatum – Spotted Cranesbill
Iris cristata ‘Dick Redfield’ – Dwarf Crested Iris
Polygonatum commutatum 3W.MASS/3 NC – (3W.MASS/3 NC Form) Solomon’s-seal
Rhododendron ‘Klondyke’ – Azalea
Rhododendron periclymenoides ‘Deep Pink’ – Pinxterbloom Azalea
Uvularia grandiflora – Bellwort

Cleaver Event Lawn & Garden
Amsonia tabernaemontana ‘Montana’ – Blue Star
Baptisia perfoliata – Catbells
Baptisia x bicolor [Starlite Prairieblues] = ‘Starlite’ – Prairieblues False Indigo
Benthamidia [Stellar Pink] = ‘Rutgan’ Stellar SeriesStellar Pink Dogwood
Benthamidia japonica [Heart Throb] = ‘Schmred’ – Heart Throb Dogwood
Camassia leichtlinii ‘Coerulea’ – Large Camas
Clematis ochroleuca – Curlyheads
Hyacinthoides hispanica – Spanish Bluebell
Paeonia ostii – Tree Peony
Pulmonaria ‘Silver Shimmers’ – Lungwort
Rheum australe – Himalayan Rhubarb
Rheum palmatum var. tanguticum ‘Red Selection’ – Ornamental Rhubarb
Rhododendron ‘Scintillation’
Salvia x sylvestris ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ – Wood Sage
Vaccinium angustifolium – Lowbush Blueberry

Entrance Walk
Aesculus x carnea ‘Ft. McNair’ – Red Horse Chestnut
Calycanthus x raulstonii ‘Hartlage Wine’ – Sweetshrub
Chaenomeles speciosa ‘Cameo’ – Flowering Quince
Fothergilla x intermedia ‘Mt. Airy’
Geranium macrorrhizum ‘Czakor’
Malus ‘Harvest Gold’ – Crabapple
Pinus parviflora – Japanese White Pine
Polygonatum odoratum ‘Variegatum’ – Variegated Fragrant Solomon’s-seal
Rhododendron ‘Nova Zembla’
Tiarella cordifolia var. cordifolia – Foamflower

Giles Rhododendron Garden
Benthamidia japonica ‘Beni Fuji’ – Dogwood
Benthamidia japonica ‘Gold Cup’ – Dogwood
Benthamidia japonica ‘Satomi’ – Dogwood
Cercis canadensis ‘Tennessee Pink’ – Eastern Redbud
Enkianthus campanulatus – Redvein Enkianthus
Epimedium grandiflorum ‘Lilafee’ – Barrenwort
Epimedium x youngianum ‘Niveum’ – Barrenwort
Geranium macrorrhizum ‘Variegatum’ – Bigroot Geranium
Helleborus orientalis ‘Pink Lady’ – Lenten Rose
Helleborus x hybridus ‘Winter Dreams Cassis Red’ Red Clone Form – Lenten Rose (Red Clone Form)
Hyacinthoides hispanica ‘Excelsior’ – Spanish Bluebell
Hyacinthoides hispanica ‘White City’ – Spanish Bluebell
Lamprocapnos spectabilis ex ‘Valentine’ – Bleeding-heart (‘Valentine’ Seedling)
Lindera angustifolia – Narrow-leaved Spicebush
Narcissus ‘Sunny Girlfriend’ Split-cupped Collar Group – Split-cupped Collar Daffodil
Omphalodes verna – Creeping Forget-me-not
Primula japonica – Japanese Primrose
Rhododendron (PJM Group) ‘Checkmate’ –
Rhododendron ‘Bali’
Rhododendron ‘Big Deal’
Rhododendron ‘Black Satin’
Rhododendron ‘Blewbury’
Rhododendron ‘Boule de Neige’
Rhododendron ‘Buzzer Beater’ Raise the Roof Series
Rhododendron ‘Calsap’
Rhododendron ‘Caroline’
Rhododendron ‘Casanova’ x Rhododendron ‘Clara Raustein’
Rhododendron ‘Catawbiense Boursault’
Rhododendron ‘Cheer’
Rhododendron ‘Cherry Cheesecake’
Rhododendron ‘Crete’
Rhododendron ‘Dexter’s Appleblossom’
Rhododendron ‘Dora Amateis’
Rhododendron ‘Dreamland’
Rhododendron ‘Fantastica’
Rhododendron ‘Fastuosum Flore Pleno’
Rhododendron ‘Frank Abbott’ – Azalea
Rhododendron ‘Gold Fort’
Rhododendron ‘Golden Star’
Rhododendron ‘Hachmann’s Charmant’
Rhododendron ‘Hal Bruce’
Rhododendron ‘Hardy Giant’
Rhododendron ‘Henry’s Red’
Rhododendron ‘Hong Kong’
Rhododendron ‘Ingrid Mehlquist’
Rhododendron ‘Janet Blair’
Rhododendron ‘Kalinka’
Rhododendron kiusianum – Azalea
Rhododendron kiusianum ‘Alba’ – Azalea
Rhododendron kiusianum – Pink Dwarf Azalea
Rhododendron ‘Lemon Dream’
Rhododendron ‘Lodestar’
Rhododendron ‘Lollipop’Azalea
Rhododendron ‘Mardi Gras’
Rhododendron ‘Mary Kittel’
Rhododendron metternichii var. metternichii – Leatherleaf Rhododendron
Rhododendron ‘Mikkeli’
Rhododendron ‘Narcissiflora’ – Azalea
Rhododendron ‘Nestucca’
Rhododendron ‘Party Pink’
Rhododendron ‘Pearce’s Golden Jubilee’
Rhododendron ‘Percy Wiseman’
Rhododendron ‘Peter Tigerstedt’
Rhododendron ‘Pohjola’s Daughter’
Rhododendron ‘Polarnacht’
Rhododendron ‘Purple Gem’
Rhododendron ‘Purple Passion’ HighlandÖ Series – Highland Series
Rhododendron ‘Rangoon’
Rhododendron ‘Rosebud’ – Azalea
Rhododendron ‘Rosy Lights’ Northern Lights Series – Northern Lights Series Azalea
Rhododendron ‘Scintillation’
Rhododendron ‘Skookum’
Rhododendron ‘Solidarity’
Rhododendron ‘Tottenham’
Rhododendron ‘Tow Head’
Rhododendron trichostomum
Rhododendron ‘Tripoli’
Rhododendron vaseyi ‘White Find’ – Pinkshell Azalea
Rhododendron ‘Windbeam’
Rhododendron ‘Wintonbury’
Rhododendron ‘Yaku Jock’
Rhododendron yedoense var. poukhanense ‘Compacta’ – Compact Korean Azalea
Rhododendron ‘Zoe Graves’
Viburnum plicatum var. tomentosum ‘Mariesii’ – Doublefile Viburnum
Viburnum plicatum var. tomentosum ‘Summer Snowflake’ – Doublefile Viburnum
Viburnum x burkwoodii – Burkwood’s Viburnum

Great Lawn and Ledge Gardens
Amsonia hubrichtii – Blue Star Amsonia
Fritillaria persica – Persian Fritillary
Geum ‘Mai Tai’ Cocktail Series – Cocktail Series Avens
Phlox stolonifera ‘Blue Ridge’ – Creeping Phlox
Rhus aromatica ‘Gro-low’ – Fragrant Sumac
Syringa x laciniata – Cut-leaf Lilac
Viburnum prunifolium – Black Haw

Haney Hillside Garden
Amsonia hubrichtii – Blue Star Amsonia
Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’ – Siberian Bugloss
Corydalis lutea – Fumewort
Dicentra eximia – Bleeding-heart
Dicentra ‘King of Hearts’ – Bleeding-heart
Fothergilla x intermedia ‘Mt. Airy’
Magnolia ‘Yellow Lantern’
Mertensia virginica – Virginia Bluebells
Pieris floribunda – Mountain Fetterbush
Rhododendron prinophyllum – Roseshell Azalea
Sassafras albidum – Sassafras
Vaccinium corymbosum ‘Rubel’ – Highbush Blueberry

Lerner Garden of the Five Senses
Actaea rubra – Red Baneberry
Allium ‘Globemaster’ – Ornamental Onion
Allium schoenoprasum – Chives
Calycanthus floridus ‘Michael Lindsey’ – Carolina Allspice
Chamaepericlymenum canadense – Bunchberry
Convallaria majalis ‘Cream da Mint’ – Lily-of-the-valley
Convallaria majalis ‘Fernwood’s Golden Slippers’ – Lily-of-the-valley
Daphne x burkwoodii ‘Carol Mackie’ – Variegated Daphne
Dianthus gratianopolitanus ‘Feuerhexe’ – Firewitch Cheddar Pinks
Diphylleia cymosa – Umbrella-leaf
Dodecatheon clevelandii ssp. insulare – Padre’s Shootingstar
Epimedium ‘Amber Queen’ – Barrenwort
Epimedium ‘Domino’ – Barrenwort
Epimedium grandiflorum var. higoense ‘Bandit’ – Barrenwort
Epimedium ‘Lemon Zest’ – Barrenwort
Epimedium ‘Yokihi’ – Barrenwort
Fothergilla x intermedia ‘Blue Shadow’
Fragaria vesca ‘Improved Rugen’ – Woodland Strawberry
Helleborus multifidus ssp. hercegovinus – Hellebore
Iris cristata ‘Tennessee White’ – Dwarf Crested Iris
Lamprocapnos spectabilis ‘Valentine’ – Bleeding-heart
Magnolia ‘Sunburst’
Mertensia virginica – Virginia Bluebells
Nymphaea ‘Fire Crest’ – Water Lily
Paeonia mlokosewitschii ‘Red Form’ – Caucasian Peony
Paeonia mollis – Downy-leaved Peony
Paeonia rockii – Tree Peony
Polygonatum biflorum ‘Prince Charming’ – Small Solomon’s-seal
Polygonatum falcatum Dwarf Form – Solomon’s-seal (Dwarf Form)
Polygonatum odoratum Dwarf Form – Fragrant Solomon’s-seal (Dwarf Form)
Pulmonaria ‘Raspberry Splash’ – Lungwort
Pulmonaria ‘Raspberry Splash’ – Lungwort
Pulsatilla rubra – Red Pasque Flower
Pulsatilla vulgaris ‘Rote Glocke’ – Pasque Flower
Rheum palmatum var. tanguticum ‘Red Selection’ – Ornamental Rhubarb
Rhododendron ‘Landmark’
Rhododendron vaseyi ‘White Find’ – Pinkshell Azalea
Salvia x sylvestris [May Night] = ‘Mainacht’ – May Night Sage
Sorbus alnifolia – Korean Mountain Ash
Thymus serpyllum ‘Pink Chintz’ – Wild Thyme
Thymus serpyllum ‘Pink Chintz’ – Wild Thyme
Veronicastrum virginicum ‘Roseum’ – Blackroot
Viburnum carlesii – Korean Spice Viburnum

Slater Forest Pond and Stream
Aronia melanocarpa ‘Viking’ – Black Chokeberry
Caltha palustris – Marsh Marigold
Fothergilla x intermedia ‘Mt. Airy’
Narcissus ‘Sun Disc’ Jonquilla Group – Jonquilla Daffodil
Polygonatum odoratum ‘Variegatum’ – Variegated Fragrant Solomon’s-seal
Trillium sulcatum – Southern Red Trillium
Vaccinium angustifolium – Lowbush Blueberry
Euphorbia epithymoides – Cushion Spurge
Leucojum aestivum ‘Gravetye Giant’ – Summer Snowflake
Veronica whitleyi – Whitley’s Speedwell

Burpee Kitchen Garden and Terrace
Aurinia saxatalis ‘Sulphurea’ – Basket-of-gold
Geranium maculatum ‘Espresso’ – Cranesbill
Laburnum x watereri ‘Vossii’ – Golden-chain Tree
Malus ‘Prairiefire’ – Flowering Crabapple
Paeonia anomala ex Altai Mountains – Peony (Altai Mountains Seedling)
Paeonia rockii [Cup of Shining Night] = ‘Ye Guang Bei’ – Cup of Shining Night Tree Peony
Potentilla fruticosa ‘Katherine Dykes’ – Shrubby Cinquefoil
Potentilla fruticosa ‘Primrose Beauty’ – Shrubby Cinquefoil
Pulmonaria ‘Majeste’ – Lungwort
Rhododendron ‘Emerald Ice’
Rhododendron ‘Lavender Princess’
Syringa vulgaris ‘Charles Joly’- French Lilac

Vayo Meditation Garden
Ajuga reptans [Chocolate Chip] = ‘Alfredda’ – Chocolate Chip Bugleweed
Chamaepericlymenum canadense – Bunchberry
Enkianthus campanulatus – Redvein Enkianthus
Enkianthus cernuus forma rubens
Helleborus Heronswood Double Dark – Heronswood Double Dark Lenten Rose
Helleborus Heronswood Double Pink – Heronswood Double Pink
Helleborus Heronswood Pink – Heronswood Pink
Helleborus x hybridus ‘Pine Knot’s Southern Belles Double Darks’ – Hellebore
Mukdenia rossii [Crimson Fans] = ‘Karasabu’ – Crimson Fans Mukdenia
Enkianthus campanulatus ‘Albiflorus’ – White Flowering Redvein Enkianthus

Woodland Garden
Anemone sylvestris – Snowdrop Windflower
Aquilegia buergeriana ‘Calimero’ – Columbine
Aquilegia ‘Origami White’ Origami Series – Origami Series Columbine
Clematis viticaulis – Grape Clematis
Convallaria majalis var. rosea – Lily-of-the-valley
Cypripedium parviflorum var. pubescens – Large Yellow Lady’s Slipper
Epimedium ‘Raspberry Rhapsody’ – Barrenwort
Fothergilla x intermedia ‘Blue Shadow’
Helleborus Honeymoon Series – Honeymoon Series Lenten Rose (Mixed)
Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’ – Panicle Hydrangea
Mertensia virginica – Virginia Bluebells
Tiarella ‘Candy Striper’ – Foamflower
Disporum uniflorum – Fairy-bells
Polygonatum filipes – Slender Stalk Solomon’s-seal
Polygonatum odoratum ‘Spiral Staircase’ – Solomon’s-seal

What’s in Bloom – June 2, 2017

Friday, June 2nd, 2017

Staff Picks


This dwarf bearded Iris is known as ‘Cat’s Eye’. Check out that tongue! These colors are everything right now. See them for yourselves in the Children’s Garden. – Jen, horticulturist


Many people dismiss Ajuga as being a lawn-invading, common garden plant. I, on the other hand, adore many Ajuga varieties as wonderful foliage accent plants and amazing edgers. I now have four varieties I’ve planted here in my gardens at CMBG, but by far the happiest, and currently most stunning, is Ajuga reptans ‘Pink Lighting.’ Planted right along a path in the Arbor Garden, this beauty is in flower right now but has gorgeous variegated pink and green foliage throughout the entire season. It’s drought tolerant nature makes it perfect for edging on our bluestone paths, and helps keep little (and big) feet out of the garden bed. – Syretha, horticulturist


Our bees are loving this White Tree Peony (Paeonia suffruticosa) by the steps leading up the Cleaver Event Lawn. – Anna, horticulturist


It’s so exciting to see the very first (of many) blooms on the floriferous Clematis montana. It is being trained to climb the tool arbor in the Bibby and Harold Alfond Children’s Garden. A sweet scent fills the air with this one. – Jen, horticulturist

Malus ‘Prairie Fire’ (Prairie Fire Flowering Crabapple) is a delight just off the Café Terrace seating area. The color of its blooms are a suffused deep watermelon-raspberry, with a glowing pink/soft red. – Diane, horticulturist

Full List

Bibby and Harold Alfond Children’s Garden
Abies numidica – Algerian Fir
Acer japonicum ‘Aconitifolium’ – Fern-leaf Full Moon Maple
Acer tegmentosum ‘Joe Witt’ – Manchurian Snakebark Maple
Amsonia rigida – Stiff Blue Star
Arisaema triphyllum Mrs. French’s Veined Form (#2) – Jack-in-the-pulpit (Mrs. French’s Veined Form)
Aronia arbutifolia ‘Brilliantissima’ – Red Chokeberry
Asimina triloba ‘Sunflower’ – Pawpaw
Brunnera macrophylla ‘Hadspen Cream’ – Siberian Bugloss
Brunnera macrophylla ‘Looking Glass’ – Siberian Bugloss
Brunnera macrophylla ‘Silver Wings’ – Siberian Bugloss
Chamaepericlymenum canadense – Bunchberry
Disporum megalanthum – Fairy-bells
Epimedium ‘Pink Champagne’ – Barrenwort
Epimedium ‘Spritzer’ – Barrenwort
Epimedium stellulatum Long-leaf Form – Barrenwort (Long-leaf Form)
Euphorbia myrsinites – Myrtle Spurge; Broad-leaves Glaucous Spurge; Donkey-tail Spurge; Blue Spurge; Myrtle Euphorbia
Euphorbia palustris ‘Walenburg’s Glorie’ – Swamp Spurge
Fragaria x ananassa ‘Seascape’ – Strawberry
Geranium maculatum ‘Espresso’ – Cranesbill
Geum triflorum – Old-man’s-whiskers; Prairie Smoke; Purple Avens
Halesia carolina – Carolina Silverbell
Helleborus foetidus – Stinking Hellebore
Helleborus x hybridus [Anna’s Red] = ‘ABCRD02’ Frostkiss Series – Frostkiss Series Anna’s Red Lenten Rose
Helleborus x hybridus ‘Blue Metallic Lady’ – Lenten Rose
Helleborus x hybridus ‘Double Lady Mix’ – Lenten Rose
Lamprocapnos spectabilis – Bleediing-heart
Leucothoe fontanesiana ‘Rainbow’ – Dog-hobble
Paeonia obovata ssp. willmottiae – Chinese Woodland Peony
Paeonia ostii – Tree Peony
Paeonia tenuifolia ssp. lithophila – Fern Leaf Peony
Podophyllum pleianthum Marbled Leaves, Red-flowered – Chinese Mayapple
Polygonatum humile Case Form – Dwarf Solomon’s-seal (Case Form)
Polygonatum verticillatum – Whorled Solomon’s-seal
Primula kisoana – Primrose
Rheum officinale Large Leaf Form – Chinese Rhubarb (Large Leaf Form)
Rhododendron ‘Blue Baron’
Rhododendron degronianum ssp. yakushimanum ‘Koichiro Wada’ – Yakushima Rhododendron
Rhododendron ‘Lemon Dream’
Rhododendron ‘Mary Belle’
Sarracenia purpurea – Common Pitcher Plant
Sarracenia x chelsonii – Chelson’s Pitcher Plant
Speirantha convallarioides – False Lily-of-the-valley
Syringa [Bloomerang Purple] = ‘Penda’ – Bloomerang Purple Lilac
Syringa [Tinkerbelle] = ‘Bailbelle’ – Tinkerbelle Dwarf Lilac
Trillium flexipes – Nodding Wakerobin
Trillium stamineum – Twisted Trillium
Trillium sulcatum – Southern Red Trillium
Vaccinium angustifolium – Lowbush Blueberry
Vaccinium corymbosum ‘Chandler’ – Highbush Blueberry
Vaccinium ‘Northsky’ – Half-high Blueberry

Birch Allee
Helleborus niger [Ivory Prince] = ‘Walhelivor’ – Ivory Prince Lenten Rose
Pulmonaria ‘British Sterling’ – Lungwort

Arbor Garden
Ajuga reptans ‘Pink Lightning’ – Bugleweed
Allium Giant Mixed – Ornamental Onion Mix
Allium Giant Mixed – Ornamental Onion Mix
Allium ‘Purple Caila’ – Ornamental Allium
Arctostaphylos uva-ursi ‘Massachusetts’ – Bearberry
Aurinia saxatalis ‘Compacta’ – Basket-of-gold
Bellevalia paradoxa
Benthamidia japonica var. chinensis ‘Milky Way’ – Chinese Dogwood
Cerastium tomentosum ‘Yo Yo’ – Snow-in-summer
Cercis canadensis [Lavender Twist] = ‘Covey’ – Eastern Redbud
Chaenomeles speciosa ‘Scarlet Storm’ Double Take Series – Double Take Series Flowering Quince
Eryngium planum ‘Blue Hobbit’ – Sea Holly
Fritillaria imperialis ‘Maxima Lutea’ – Crown Imperial
Geum rivale ‘Flames of Passion’ – Avens
Geum triflorum – Old-man’s-whiskers; Prairie Smoke; Purple Avens
Narcissus [Holland Mixture] – Holland Mixture Daffodils
Nepeta ‘Early Bird’ – Catmint
Paris quadrifolia – Herb-Paris
Pulmonaria ‘Majeste’ – Lungwort
Rodgersia sambucifolia – Rodger’s Flower
Spiraea x vanhouttei ‘Renaissance’ – Bridal-wreath
Syringa [Tinkerbelle] = ‘Bailbelle’ – Tinkerbelle Dwarf Lilac
Weigela florida ‘White Knight’

Bosarge Family Education Center
Anemone canadensis – Canada Anemone
Aronia melanocarpa ‘Autumn Magic’ – Black Chokeberry
Aronia melanocarpa ‘Autumn Magic’ – Black Chokeberry
Geranium maculatum – Spotted Cranesbill
Iris cristata ‘Dick Redfield’ – Dwarf Crested Iris
Polygonatum commutatum 3W.MASS/3 NC – (3W.MASS/3 NC Form) Solomon’s-seal
Rhododendron ‘Klondyke’ – Azalea
Rhododendron periclymenoides ‘Deep Pink’ – Pinxterbloom Azalea
Uvularia grandiflora – Bellwort

Cleaver Event Lawn & Garden
Amsonia tabernaemontana ‘Montana’ – Blue Star
Baptisia perfoliata – Catbells
Baptisia x bicolor [Starlite Prairieblues] = ‘Starlite’ – Prairieblues False Indigo
Benthamidia [Stellar Pink] = ‘Rutgan’ Stellar SeriesStellar Pink Dogwood
Benthamidia japonica [Heart Throb] = ‘Schmred’ – Heart Throb Dogwood
Camassia leichtlinii ‘Coerulea’ – Large Camas
Clematis ochroleuca – Curlyheads
Hyacinthoides hispanica – Spanish Bluebell
Paeonia ostii – Tree Peony
Pulmonaria ‘Silver Shimmers’ – Lungwort
Rheum australe – Himalayan Rhubarb
Rheum palmatum var. tanguticum ‘Red Selection’ – Ornamental Rhubarb
Rhododendron ‘Scintillation’
Salvia x sylvestris ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ – Wood Sage
Vaccinium angustifolium – Lowbush Blueberry

Entrance Walk
Aesculus x carnea ‘Ft. McNair’ – Red Horse Chestnut
Calycanthus x raulstonii ‘Hartlage Wine’ – Sweetshrub
Chaenomeles speciosa ‘Cameo’ – Flowering Quince
Fothergilla x intermedia ‘Mt. Airy’
Geranium macrorrhizum ‘Czakor’
Malus ‘Harvest Gold’ – Crabapple
Pinus parviflora – Japanese White Pine
Polygonatum odoratum ‘Variegatum’ – Variegated Fragrant Solomon’s-seal
Rhododendron ‘Nova Zembla’
Tiarella cordifolia var. cordifolia – Foamflower

Giles Rhododendron Garden
Benthamidia japonica ‘Beni Fuji’ – Dogwood
Benthamidia japonica ‘Gold Cup’ – Dogwood
Benthamidia japonica ‘Satomi’ – Dogwood
Cercis canadensis ‘Tennessee Pink’ – Eastern Redbud
Enkianthus campanulatus – Redvein Enkianthus
Epimedium grandiflorum ‘Lilafee’ – Barrenwort
Epimedium x youngianum ‘Niveum’ – Barrenwort
Geranium macrorrhizum ‘Variegatum’ – Bigroot Geranium
Helleborus orientalis ‘Pink Lady’ – Lenten Rose
Helleborus x hybridus ‘Winter Dreams Cassis Red’ Red Clone Form – Lenten Rose (Red Clone Form)
Hyacinthoides hispanica ‘Excelsior’ – Spanish Bluebell
Hyacinthoides hispanica ‘White City’ – Spanish Bluebell
Lamprocapnos spectabilis ex ‘Valentine’ – Bleeding-heart (‘Valentine’ Seedling)
Lindera angustifolia – Narrow-leaved Spicebush
Narcissus ‘Sunny Girlfriend’ Split-cupped Collar Group – Split-cupped Collar Daffodil
Omphalodes verna – Creeping Forget-me-not
Primula japonica – Japanese Primrose
Rhododendron (PJM Group) ‘Checkmate’ –
Rhododendron ‘Bali’
Rhododendron ‘Big Deal’
Rhododendron ‘Black Satin’
Rhododendron ‘Blewbury’
Rhododendron ‘Boule de Neige’
Rhododendron ‘Buzzer Beater’ Raise the Roof Series
Rhododendron ‘Calsap’
Rhododendron ‘Caroline’
Rhododendron ‘Casanova’ x Rhododendron ‘Clara Raustein’
Rhododendron ‘Catawbiense Boursault’
Rhododendron ‘Cheer’
Rhododendron ‘Cherry Cheesecake’
Rhododendron ‘Crete’
Rhododendron ‘Dexter’s Appleblossom’
Rhododendron ‘Dora Amateis’
Rhododendron ‘Dreamland’
Rhododendron ‘Fantastica’
Rhododendron ‘Fastuosum Flore Pleno’
Rhododendron ‘Frank Abbott’ – Azalea
Rhododendron ‘Gold Fort’
Rhododendron ‘Golden Star’
Rhododendron ‘Hachmann’s Charmant’
Rhododendron ‘Hal Bruce’
Rhododendron ‘Hardy Giant’
Rhododendron ‘Henry’s Red’
Rhododendron ‘Hong Kong’
Rhododendron ‘Ingrid Mehlquist’
Rhododendron ‘Janet Blair’
Rhododendron ‘Kalinka’
Rhododendron kiusianum – Azalea
Rhododendron kiusianum ‘Alba’ – Azalea
Rhododendron kiusianum – Pink Dwarf Azalea
Rhododendron ‘Lemon Dream’
Rhododendron ‘Lodestar’
Rhododendron ‘Lollipop’Azalea
Rhododendron ‘Mardi Gras’
Rhododendron ‘Mary Kittel’
Rhododendron metternichii var. metternichii – Leatherleaf Rhododendron
Rhododendron ‘Mikkeli’
Rhododendron ‘Narcissiflora’ – Azalea
Rhododendron ‘Nestucca’
Rhododendron ‘Party Pink’
Rhododendron ‘Pearce’s Golden Jubilee’
Rhododendron ‘Percy Wiseman’
Rhododendron ‘Peter Tigerstedt’
Rhododendron ‘Pohjola’s Daughter’
Rhododendron ‘Polarnacht’
Rhododendron ‘Purple Gem’
Rhododendron ‘Purple Passion’ HighlandÖ Series – Highland Series
Rhododendron ‘Rangoon’
Rhododendron ‘Rosebud’ – Azalea
Rhododendron ‘Rosy Lights’ Northern Lights Series – Northern Lights Series Azalea
Rhododendron ‘Scintillation’
Rhododendron ‘Skookum’
Rhododendron ‘Solidarity’
Rhododendron ‘Tottenham’
Rhododendron ‘Tow Head’
Rhododendron trichostomum
Rhododendron ‘Tripoli’
Rhododendron vaseyi ‘White Find’ – Pinkshell Azalea
Rhododendron ‘Windbeam’
Rhododendron ‘Wintonbury’
Rhododendron ‘Yaku Jock’
Rhododendron yedoense var. poukhanense ‘Compacta’ – Compact Korean Azalea
Rhododendron ‘Zoe Graves’
Viburnum plicatum var. tomentosum ‘Mariesii’ – Doublefile Viburnum
Viburnum plicatum var. tomentosum ‘Summer Snowflake’ – Doublefile Viburnum
Viburnum x burkwoodii – Burkwood’s Viburnum

Great Lawn and Ledge Gardens
Amsonia hubrichtii – Blue Star Amsonia
Fritillaria persica – Persian Fritillary
Geum ‘Mai Tai’ Cocktail Series – Cocktail Series Avens
Phlox stolonifera ‘Blue Ridge’ – Creeping Phlox
Rhus aromatica ‘Gro-low’ – Fragrant Sumac
Syringa x laciniata – Cut-leaf Lilac
Viburnum prunifolium – Black Haw

Haney Hillside Garden
Amsonia hubrichtii – Blue Star Amsonia
Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’ – Siberian Bugloss
Corydalis lutea – Fumewort
Dicentra eximia – Bleeding-heart
Dicentra ‘King of Hearts’ – Bleeding-heart
Fothergilla x intermedia ‘Mt. Airy’
Magnolia ‘Yellow Lantern’
Mertensia virginica – Virginia Bluebells
Pieris floribunda – Mountain Fetterbush
Rhododendron prinophyllum – Roseshell Azalea
Sassafras albidum – Sassafras
Vaccinium corymbosum ‘Rubel’ – Highbush Blueberry

Lerner Garden of the Five Senses
Actaea rubra – Red Baneberry
Allium ‘Globemaster’ – Ornamental Onion
Allium schoenoprasum – Chives
Calycanthus floridus ‘Michael Lindsey’ – Carolina Allspice
Chamaepericlymenum canadense – Bunchberry
Convallaria majalis ‘Cream da Mint’ – Lily-of-the-valley
Convallaria majalis ‘Fernwood’s Golden Slippers’ – Lily-of-the-valley
Daphne x burkwoodii ‘Carol Mackie’ – Variegated Daphne
Dianthus gratianopolitanus ‘Feuerhexe’ – Firewitch Cheddar Pinks
Diphylleia cymosa – Umbrella-leaf
Dodecatheon clevelandii ssp. insulare – Padre’s Shootingstar
Epimedium ‘Amber Queen’ – Barrenwort
Epimedium ‘Domino’ – Barrenwort
Epimedium grandiflorum var. higoense ‘Bandit’ – Barrenwort
Epimedium ‘Lemon Zest’ – Barrenwort
Epimedium ‘Yokihi’ – Barrenwort
Fothergilla x intermedia ‘Blue Shadow’
Fragaria vesca ‘Improved Rugen’ – Woodland Strawberry
Helleborus multifidus ssp. hercegovinus – Hellebore
Iris cristata ‘Tennessee White’ – Dwarf Crested Iris
Lamprocapnos spectabilis ‘Valentine’ – Bleeding-heart
Magnolia ‘Sunburst’
Mertensia virginica – Virginia Bluebells
Nymphaea ‘Fire Crest’ – Water Lily
Paeonia mlokosewitschii ‘Red Form’ – Caucasian Peony
Paeonia mollis – Downy-leaved Peony
Paeonia rockii – Tree Peony
Polygonatum biflorum ‘Prince Charming’ – Small Solomon’s-seal
Polygonatum falcatum Dwarf Form – Solomon’s-seal (Dwarf Form)
Polygonatum odoratum Dwarf Form – Fragrant Solomon’s-seal (Dwarf Form)
Pulmonaria ‘Raspberry Splash’ – Lungwort
Pulmonaria ‘Raspberry Splash’ – Lungwort
Pulsatilla rubra – Red Pasque Flower
Pulsatilla vulgaris ‘Rote Glocke’ – Pasque Flower
Rheum palmatum var. tanguticum ‘Red Selection’ – Ornamental Rhubarb
Rhododendron ‘Landmark’
Rhododendron vaseyi ‘White Find’ – Pinkshell Azalea
Salvia x sylvestris [May Night] = ‘Mainacht’ – May Night Sage
Sorbus alnifolia – Korean Mountain Ash
Thymus serpyllum ‘Pink Chintz’ – Wild Thyme
Thymus serpyllum ‘Pink Chintz’ – Wild Thyme
Veronicastrum virginicum ‘Roseum’ – Blackroot
Viburnum carlesii – Korean Spice Viburnum

Slater Forest Pond and Stream
Aronia melanocarpa ‘Viking’ – Black Chokeberry
Caltha palustris – Marsh Marigold
Fothergilla x intermedia ‘Mt. Airy’
Narcissus ‘Sun Disc’ Jonquilla Group – Jonquilla Daffodil
Polygonatum odoratum ‘Variegatum’ – Variegated Fragrant Solomon’s-seal
Trillium sulcatum – Southern Red Trillium
Vaccinium angustifolium – Lowbush Blueberry
Euphorbia epithymoides – Cushion Spurge
Leucojum aestivum ‘Gravetye Giant’ – Summer Snowflake
Veronica whitleyi – Whitley’s Speedwell

Burpee Kitchen Garden and Terrace
Aurinia saxatalis ‘Sulphurea’ – Basket-of-gold
Geranium maculatum ‘Espresso’ – Cranesbill
Laburnum x watereri ‘Vossii’ – Golden-chain Tree
Malus ‘Prairiefire’ – Flowering Crabapple
Paeonia anomala ex Altai Mountains – Peony (Altai Mountains Seedling)
Paeonia rockii [Cup of Shining Night] = ‘Ye Guang Bei’ – Cup of Shining Night Tree Peony
Potentilla fruticosa ‘Katherine Dykes’ – Shrubby Cinquefoil
Potentilla fruticosa ‘Primrose Beauty’ – Shrubby Cinquefoil
Pulmonaria ‘Majeste’ – Lungwort
Rhododendron ‘Emerald Ice’
Rhododendron ‘Lavender Princess’
Syringa vulgaris ‘Charles Joly’- French Lilac

Vayo Meditation Garden
Ajuga reptans [Chocolate Chip] = ‘Alfredda’ – Chocolate Chip Bugleweed
Chamaepericlymenum canadense – Bunchberry
Enkianthus campanulatus – Redvein Enkianthus
Enkianthus cernuus forma rubens
Helleborus Heronswood Double Dark – Heronswood Double Dark Lenten Rose
Helleborus Heronswood Double Pink – Heronswood Double Pink
Helleborus Heronswood Pink – Heronswood Pink
Helleborus x hybridus ‘Pine Knot’s Southern Belles Double Darks’ – Hellebore
Mukdenia rossii [Crimson Fans] = ‘Karasabu’ – Crimson Fans Mukdenia
Enkianthus campanulatus ‘Albiflorus’ – White Flowering Redvein Enkianthus

Woodland Garden
Anemone sylvestris – Snowdrop Windflower
Aquilegia buergeriana ‘Calimero’ – Columbine
Aquilegia ‘Origami White’ Origami Series – Origami Series Columbine
Clematis viticaulis – Grape Clematis
Convallaria majalis var. rosea – Lily-of-the-valley
Cypripedium parviflorum var. pubescens – Large Yellow Lady’s Slipper
Epimedium ‘Raspberry Rhapsody’ – Barrenwort
Fothergilla x intermedia ‘Blue Shadow’
Helleborus Honeymoon Series – Honeymoon Series Lenten Rose (Mixed)
Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’ – Panicle Hydrangea
Mertensia virginica – Virginia Bluebells
Tiarella ‘Candy Striper’ – Foamflower
Disporum uniflorum – Fairy-bells
Polygonatum filipes – Slender Stalk Solomon’s-seal
Polygonatum odoratum ‘Spiral Staircase’ – Solomon’s-seal

What’s in Bloom – May 26, 2017

Friday, May 26th, 2017

Staff Picks


Right now the plant that I get asked about the most is Fritillaria persica. This tall, perennial bulb can be found in a number of locations around the gardens, including around the Great Lawn and in the Burpee Kitchen Garden. The deep purple, almost black blossoms are pendulous and numerous, and this ephemeral plant makes a great addition to any garden! – Syretha, horticulturist


Dodecatheon clevelandii (Padre’s Shootinstar) of the primrose family is native to California, but happy grows by the bridge in the Lerner Garden of the Five Senses. – Anna L., horticulturist


Jack in the pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum ssp. stewardsonii ‘Wide Whale Corduroy’) is one of the shade loving plants in the Children’s Garden. Going back centuries as a mysterious and poisonous flower, Native Americans actually found ways to dry and eat the root! Don’t try at home though, as the roots have millions of calcium oxalate crystals that can cause severe blistering when touched. Keep an eye out for the beautiful berries, but do not eat! – Tobi, public horticulture intern


A native to Eastern Asia, this early season woodland peony (Paeonia obovata ssp.) offers a beautiful detailed white flower in the Lerner Garden! – Sarah S., horticulturist


Stewartsonian azalea in the Giles Rhododendron Garden next to the waterfall is a crazy scarlet red color! – Courtney, horticulturist


This large beauty is Rhododendron ‘Hal Bruce,’ found to the right of the lower entrance to the Giles Rhododendron Garden. The gorgeous peach-colored blossoms are coming out, and are not to be missed! – Leah, public horticulture intern


‘Mood Indigo’ tulips are still looking wonderful in the Lerner Garden. – Will, horticulturist


Hellebore Heronswood Double Dark Lenton Rose is beautiful in the Vayo Mediation Garden – Patty, horticulturist


A true perennial from the rocky dry alpine regions of central Asia, Tuplia tarda is tolerant of our continental climate (hot summer, cold winter). These are located in the Giles Rhododendron Garden. – Dan, horticulturist


This Himalayan Mayapple (Podophyllum hexandrum ‘Majus’) adds an exotic touch to the garden. I love the umbrella shaped leaves which have a glossy appearance and add textual variety to the garden. The large white flowers pop in contrast to the foliage. I just have to stop and admire this bloom in the Children’s Garden! – Siubhan, public horticulture intern


Rhododendron Solidarity in Giles Rhododendron Garden to the left of waterfall has beautiful fuchsia buds and softer pink flowers. – Courtney, horticulturist


This Paeonia mlokosewitschii ‘Red Form’ peony offers a splash of red color as you move about the Lerner Garden that really catches the eye! – Sarah S., horticulturist

Full List

Bibby and Harold Alfond Children’s Garden
Rhododendron ‘Mary Belle’
Acer japonicum ‘Aconitifolium’ – Fern-leaf Full Moon Maple
Amsonia rigida Stiff Blue Star
Benthamidia florida ‘Appalachian Spring’ – Flowering Dogwood
Brunnera macrophylla ‘Looking Glass’ – Siberian Bugloss
Brunnera macrophylla ‘Silver Wings’ – Siberian Bugloss
Clethra barbinervis – Japanese Clethra
Dicentra ‘Burning Hearts’ – Bleeding-heart
Disporum megalanthum – Fairy-bells
Enkianthus perulatus – White Enkianthus
Epimedium ‘Pink Champagne’ – Barrenwort
Epimedium stellulatum – Barrenwort (Long-leaf Form)
Euphorbia palustris ‘Walenburg’s Glorie’ – Swamp Spurge
Fragaria x ananassa ‘Earliglow’ – Strawberry
Geranium maculatum ‘Espresso’ – Cranesbill
Geum triflorum – Old-man’s-whiskers; Prairie Smoke; Purple Avens
Halesia carolina – Carolina Silverbell
Helleborus x hybridus Penny’s Pink ‘ABCRD01’ – Frostkiss Series Penny’s Pink Lenten Rose
Helleborus x hybridus ‘Blue Metallic Lady’ – Lenten Rose
Lamprocapnos spectabilis – Bleeding-heart
Malus ‘Northern Spy’ – Apple
Malus ‘Wolf River’ – Apple
Paeonia veitchii – Chinese Peony
Platycodon grandiflorus – Balloon-flower (Hybrid Pink)
Podophyllum delavayi var. – Chinese Mayapple
Primula kisoana – Primrose
Pulmonaria ‘Raspberry Splash’ – Lungwort
Rhododendron ‘Blue Baron’
Rhododendron degronianum ssp. yakushimanum ‘Koichiro Wada’ – Yakushima Rhododendron
Rhododendron ‘Lemon Dream’
Syringa Bloomerang Purple ‘Penda’ – Bloomerang Purple Lilac
Trillium cuneatum – Little Sweet Betsy
Trillium flexipes – Nodding Wakerobin
Trillium stamineum – Twisted Trillium
Trillium sulcatum – Southern Red Trillium
Vaccinium angustifolium – Lowbush Blueberry
Vaccinium corymbosum ‘Chandler’ – Highbush Blueberry
Vaccinium ‘Northsky’ – Half-high Blueberry
Vaccinium ‘Polaris’ – Half-high Blueberry

Arbor Garden
Ajuga reptans ‘Pink Lightning’ – Bugleweed
Allium Giant Mixed – Ornamental Onion Mix
Allium ‘Purple Caila’ – Ornamental Allium
Anemone blanda ‘Blue Shades’ – Windflower; Grecian Windflower; Balkan Anemone; Winter Windflower; Lily-of-the-field; Sapphire Windflower
Arctostaphylos uva-ursi ‘Massachusetts’ – Bearberry
Aurinia saxatalis ‘Compacta’ – Basket-of-gold
Bellevalia paradoxa
Bergenia cordifolia Winter Glow ‘Winterglut’ – Winter Glow Heart-leaved Bergenia; Elephant-ears; Piqsqueak
Cerastium tomentosum ‘Yo Yo’ – Snow-in-summer
Cercis canadensis Lavender Twist ‘Covey’ – Eastern Redbud
Chaenomeles speciosa ‘Scarlet Storm’ – Double Take Series Flowering Quince
Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘Filifera’ – Greenthread False Cypress
Convallaria majalis var. rosea – Lily-of-the-valley
Fritillaria imperialis ‘Maxima Lutea’ – Crown Imperial
Geum rivale ‘Flames of Passion’ – Avens
Geum triflorum – Old-man’s-whiskers; Prairie Smoke; Purple Avens
Morella pensylvanica – Northern Bayberry
Narcissus – Holland Mixture Daffodils
Narcissus ‘Delibes’ – Large-cupped Daffodil
Narcissus ‘Thalia’ – Triandrus Daffodil
Polemonium ‘Heaven Scent’ – Jacob’s Ladder
Pulsatilla vulgaris – Pasque Flower
Spiraea thunbergii Mellow Yellow ‘Ogon’ – Mellow Yellow Spiraea
Spiraea x vanhouttei ‘Renaissance’ – Bridal-wreath
Syringa Tinkerbelle ‘Bailbelle’ – Tinkerbelle Dwarf Lilac
Weigela florida ‘White Knight’

Bosarge Family Education Center
Aronia melanocarpa ‘Autumn Magic’ – Black Chokeberry
Aronia melanocarpa ‘Autumn Magic’ – Black Chokeberry
Cercis canadensis Minnesota Strain – Redbud (Minnesota Strain)
Cymophyllus fraserianus – Fraser’s Sedge
Geranium maculatum – Spotted Cranesbill
Halesia carolina ‘Jersey Belle’ – Carolina Silverbell
Uvularia grandiflora – Bellwort

Burpee Kitchen Garden
Allium ‘Purple Rain’ – Ornamental Onion
Aurinia saxatalis ‘Sulphurea’ – Basket-of-gold
Euphorbia epithymoides – Cushion Spurge
Laburnum x watereri ‘Vossii’ – Golden-chain Tree
Potentilla fruticosa ‘Katherine Dykes’ – Shrubby Cinquefoil
Pulmonaria ‘Majeste’ – Lungwort
Rhododendron ‘Lavender Princess’
Syringa vulgaris ‘Charles Joly’ – French Lilac

Founder’s Grove
Vaccinium angustifolium – Lowbush Blueberry

The Giles Rhododendron Garden
Astilbe x arendsii ‘Erica’
Cercis canadensis ‘Tennessee Pink’ – Eastern Redbud
Enkianthus campanulatus – Redvein Enkianthus
Epimedium ‘Amber Queen’ – Barrenwort
Epimedium grandiflorum ‘Lilafee’ – Barrenwort
Epimedium x youngianum ‘Niveum’ – Barrenwort
Geranium macrorrhizum ‘Bevan’s Variety’ – Bigroot Geranium
Helleborus orientalis ‘Pink Lady’ – Lenten Rose
Helleborus x hybridus ‘Gold Finch’ – Lenten Rose
Helleborus x hybridus ‘Winter Dreams Cassis Red’– Lenten Rose (Red Clone Form)
Hyacinthoides hispanica ‘Excelsior’ – Spanish Bluebell
Lamprocapnos spectabilis ex ‘Valentine’ – Bleeding-heart (‘Valentine’ Seedling)
Narcissus ‘Altruist’ – Small-cupped Daffodil
Narcissus ‘Jetfire’ – Cyclamineus Daffodil
Narcissus ‘Sunny Girlfriend’ – Split-cupped Collar Daffodil
Omphalodes verna – Creeping Forget-me-not
Polygonatum odoratum ‘Variegatum’ – Variegated Fragrant Solomon’s-seal
Rhododendron ‘Bali’
Rhododendron ‘Balta’
Rhododendron ‘Bashful’
Rhododendron ‘Big Deal’
Rhododendron ‘Black Satin’
Rhododendron ‘Blewbury’
Rhododendron ‘Blue Baron’
Rhododendron ‘Blue Tit’ Magor Form
Rhododendron ‘Boule de Neige’
Rhododendron ‘Buzzer Beater’ – Raise the Roof Series
Rhododendron ‘Cherry Cheesecake’
Rhododendron ‘Cinquero’
Rhododendron ‘Crete’
Rhododendron ‘Cunningham’s White’
Rhododendron ‘Dolly Madison’
Rhododendron ‘Dora Amateis’
Rhododendron ‘Dreamland’
Rhododendron ‘Fantastica’
Rhododendron ‘Fastuosum Flore Pleno’
Rhododendron ‘Frank Abbott’ – Azalea
Rhododendron ‘Ginny Gee’
Rhododendron ‘Gold Fort’
Rhododendron ‘Hal Bruce’
Rhododendron ‘Hardy Giant’
Rhododendron ‘Henry’s Red’
Rhododendron ‘Ingrid Mehlquist’
Rhododendron ‘Jericho’
Rhododendron ‘Kalinka’
Rhododendron ‘Ken Janeck’
Rhododendron kiusianum – Azalea
Rhododendron ‘Mary Kittel’
Rhododendron metternichii var. metternichii – Leatherleaf Rhododendron
Rhododendron ‘Nestucca’
Rhododendron ‘Olga Mezitt’
Rhododendron ‘Party Pink’
Rhododendron ‘Percy Wiseman’
Rhododendron ‘PJM’
Rhododendron ‘Pohjola’s Daughter’
Rhododendron ‘Princess Anne’
Rhododendron ‘Purple Gem’
Rhododendron ‘Rangoon’
Rhododendron ‘Rosebud’ – Azalea
Rhododendron ‘Scintillation’
Rhododendron ‘Skookum’
Rhododendron ‘Solidarity’
Rhododendron ‘Stewartstonian’ – Azalea
Rhododendron ‘Tottenham’
Rhododendron ‘Tow Head’
Rhododendron trichostomum
Rhododendron ‘Tripoli’
Rhododendron vaseyi ‘White Find’ – Pinkshell Azalea
Rhododendron ‘White Swan’
Rhododendron ‘Windbeam’
Rhododendron ‘Wintonbury’
Rhododendron ‘Yaku Jock’
Rhododendron yedoense var. poukhanense – Yodogawa Azalea
Rhododendron yedoense var. poukhanense ‘Compacta’ – Compact Korean Azalea
Rhododendron ‘Zoe Graves’
Tulipa saxatilis (Bakeri Group) ‘Lilac Wonder’ – Tulip
Vaccinium angustifolium – Lowbush Blueberry
Viburnum plicatum var. tomentosum ‘Mariesii’ – Doublefile Viburnum
Viburnum x burkwoodii – Burkwood’s Viburnum

The Great Lawn
Magnolia ‘Sunspire’
Narcissus – Perennializing Premium Daffodil Mix
Amsonia hubrichtii – Blue Star Amsonia
Leucojum aestivum ‘Gravetye Giant’ – Summer Snowflake
Narcissus ‘Actaea’ – Poeticus Daffodil
Narcissus – Perennializing Premium Daffodil Mix
Phlox stolonifera ‘Blue Ridge’ – Creeping Phlox
Viburnum prunifolium – Black Haw
Fritillaria persica – Persian Fritillary
Geum ‘Mai Tai’ – Cocktail Series Avens
Rhus aromatica ‘Gro-low’ – Fragrant Sumac
Syringa x laciniata – Cut-leaf Lilac

The Haney Hillside Garden
Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’ – Siberian Bugloss
Chamaedaphne calyculata ‘Tiny Tom’ – Leatherleaf
Chamaepericlymenum canadense – Bunchberry
Clethra alnifolia ‘Paniculata’ – Summersweet
Corydalis lutea – Fumewort
Dicentra eximia – Bleeding-heart
Dicentra ‘King of Hearts’ – Bleeding-heart
Dryopteris sp.
Fothergilla x intermedia ‘Mt. Airy’
Kalmia latifolia – Mountain Laurel
Magnolia ‘Yellow Lantern’
Mertensia virginica – Virginia Bluebells
Narcissus ‘Rijnveld’s Early Sensation’ Trumpet Group – Trumpet Daffodil
Phlox carolina var. angusta ‘Gypsy Love’ – Thickleaf Phlox
Pieris floribunda – Mountain Fetterbush
Rhododendron prinophyllum – Roseshell Azalea
Vaccinium angustifolium – Lowbush Blueberry
Vaccinium corymbosum ‘Jersey’ – Highbush Blueberry
Viburnum cassinoides – Withe-rod
Viburnum lantanoides – Hobblebush

The Lerner Garden of the Five Senses
Abies procera (Glauca Group) ‘Glauca Prostrata’ – Prostrate Noble Fir
Acer griseum – Paperbark Maple
Acer tataricum Hot Wings ‘GarAnn’ – Tatarian Maple
Actaea rubra – Red Baneberry
Allium ‘Globemaster’ – Ornamental Onion
Allium schoenoprasum – Chives
Betula platyphylla var. japonica ‘Whitespire’ – Japanese Birch
Carex appalachica – Appalachian Sedge
Carex elata ‘Aurea’ – Bowles’ Golden Sedge
Chamaepericlymenum canadense – Bunchberry
Clematis addisonii – Addison Leather-flower
Comptonia peregrine – Sweetfern
Convallaria majalis ‘Cream da Mint’ – Lily-of-the-valley
Convallaria majalis ‘Fernwood’s Golden Slippers’ – Lily-of-the-valley
Daphne x burkwoodii ‘Carol Mackie’ – Variegated Daphne
Darmera peltata – Umbrella Plant
Dodecatheon clevelandii ssp. insulare – Padre’s Shootingstar
Epimedium ‘Amber Queen’ – Barrenwort
Epimedium ‘Domino’ – Barrenwort
Epimedium grandiflorum var. higoense ‘Bandit’ – Barrenwort
Epimedium ‘Lemon Zest’ – Barrenwort
Epimedium x omeiense ‘Myriad Years’ – Barrenwort
Epimedium ‘Yokihi’ – Barrenwort
Eubotrys racemose – Swamp Sweetbells
Fothergilla x intermedia ‘Blue Shadow’
Fothergilla x intermedia ‘Mt. Airy’
Glaucidium palmatum – Japanese Wood Poppy
Helleborus x hybridus ‘White Lady Spotted’ – Lenten Rose
Heuchera americana ‘Dale’s Strain’ – American Alumroot
Iris cristata ‘Tennessee White’ – Dwarf Crested Iris
Lamprocapnos spectabilis ‘Valentine’ – Bleeding-heart
Larix decidua – European Larch
Leucojum aestivum ‘Gravetye Giant’ – Summer Snowflake
Lysichiton camtschatcensis – Asian Skunk Cabbage
Magnolia ‘Sunburst’
Mertensia virginica – Virginia Bluebells
Nymphaea ‘Fire Crest’ – Water Lily
Nymphaea ‘Indiana’ – Water Lily
Paeonia mlokosewitschii ‘Red Form’ – Caucasian Peony
Paeonia mollis – Downy-leaved Peony
Paeonia obovata ssp. obovata – Peony
Phlox stolonifera ‘Sherwood Purple’ – Creeping Phlox
Picea orientalis ‘Aureospicata’ – Variegated Oriental Spruce
Polygonatum biflorum ‘Prince Charming’ – Small Solomon’s-seal
Polygonatum odoratum Dwarf Form – Fragrant Solomon’s-seal (Dwarf Form)
Pulmonaria ‘Raspberry Splash’ – Lungwort
Pulsatilla rubra – Red Pasque Flower
Pulsatilla vulgaris ‘Rote Glocke’ – Pasque Flower
Quercus robur ‘Filicifolia’ – Cut-leaved English Oak
Rhododendron ‘Landmark’
Rhododendron vaseyi ‘White Find’ – Pinkshell Azalea
Sorbus alnifolia – Korean Mountain Ash
Thymus serpyllum ‘Pink Chintz’ – Wild Thyme
Vaccinium ‘Sunshine Blue’ – Highbush Blueberry
Viburnum carlesii – Korean Spice Viburnum
Viburnum ‘Emerald Triumph’

The Slater Forest Pond
Caltha palustris Marsh Marigold
Epimedium grandiflorum (White Selection) – Barrenwort
Epimedium grandiflorum ‘Saxton’s Purple’ – Barrenwort
Fothergilla x intermedia ‘Mt. Airy’
Narcissus ‘Sun Disc’ – Jonquilla Daffodil
Polygonatum odoratum ‘Variegatum’ – Variegated Fragrant Solomon’s-seal
Trillium sulcatum – Southern Red Trillium
Vaccinium angustifolium – Lowbush Blueberry
Euphorbia epithymoides – Cushion Spurge
Leucojum aestivum ‘Gravetye Giant’ – Summer Snowflake

The Vayo Meditation Garden
Ajuga reptans Chocolate Chip ‘Alfredda’ – Chocolate Chip Bugleweed
Chamaepericlymenum canadense – Bunchberry
Enkianthus cernuus forma rubens
Epimedium ‘Fire Dragon’ – Barrenwort
Helleborus Heronswood Double Dark – Lenten Rose
Helleborus Heronswood Pink – Heronswood Pink
Helleborus x hybridus ‘Pine Knot’s Southern Belles Double Darks’ – Hellebore
Hydrastis Canadensis – Goldenseal
Mukdenia rossii Crimson Fans ‘Karasabu’ – Crimson Fans Mukdenia

The Woodland Garden
Anemone sylvestris – Snowdrop Windflower
Aquilegia buergeriana ‘Calimero’ – Columbine
Aquilegia ‘Origami White’ – Origami Series Columbine
Chionodoxa luciliae – Glory-of-the-snow
Clematis viticaulis – Grape Clematis
Cypripedium parviflorum var. pubescens – Large Yellow Lady’s Slipper
Epimedium grandiflorum ‘Spring Wedding’ – Barrenwort
Epimedium ‘Raspberry Rhapsody’ – Barrenwort
Fothergilla x intermedia ‘Blue Shadow’
Helleborus Heronswood Double Pink – Heronswood Double Pink
Helleborus Honeymoon Series – Lenten Rose (Mixed)
Heuchera ‘Stainless Steel’ – Coral Bells
Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’ – Panicle Hydrangea
Orthodicranum flagellare

What’s in Bloom – May 19, 2017

Friday, May 19th, 2017

Staff Picks


This week I want to give a shout out to a lovely woodland specimen. While all our tulips are popping, don’t let them distract you from other more subtle blooms! Japanese Wood Poppy (Glaucidium palmatum) grows quietly under the larches in the Lerner Garden of the Five Senses. A delicate pale purple, these rare plants take years to get to maturity. Be sure to stop and admire them! – Syretha, horticulturist


The tulips are blooming! Find this lovely combo of Triumph Tulip ‘Negrita’ and Tulipa viridiflora ‘Spring Green’ on the Cleaver Event Lawn. – Anna L., horticulturist


Podophyllum hexandrum ‘Majus’ (Himalayan Mayapple) is beautiful in the Children’s Garden. – Jen, horticulturist


Mukdenia rossii ‘Karasabu’ (Crimson Fans Mudenia) is native to rocky slopes and ravines in China, Manchuria and Korea. It has very pretty small white flowers! Find it in the Vayo Meditation Garden. – Sarah S., horticulturist


Caltha pulustris (marsh marigold) is blooming all around the ponds in the Lerner Garden and Slater Forest Pond. – Will, horticulturist


Primula kisoana (Japanese primrose) adds a wonderful pop of color to the shady garden bed that its growing in in the Children’s Garden. It gives the area a whimsical appearance and atmosphere, and I love how beautiful flowers and foliage are spread like a ground cover and contrast the tall bushes around them. – Siubhan, horticulture intern


Cretaceous Tulips in the Tulip Trial Beds in the Children’s Garden are really spectacular. – Jen, horticulturist


The burgundy cones on the Algerian Firs (Abies numidica) took me by surprise as I walked into the Alfond Children’s Garden today! – Anna L., horticulturist


Viburnum lantanoides (hobblebush) offers a wonderful splash of white which catches the eye as you walk down the Haney Hillside. – Sarah S., horticulturist

What’s in Bloom

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Helleborus niger Ivory Prince ‘Walhelivor’ – Ivory Prince Lenten Rose

Harold and Bibby Alfond Children’s Garden
Acer japonicum ‘Aconitifolium’ – Fern-leaf Full Moon Maple
Acer tegmentosum ‘Joe Witt’ – Manchurian Snakebark Maple
Brunnera macrophylla ‘Hadspen Cream’ – Siberian Bugloss
Brunnera macrophylla ‘Silver Wings’ – Siberian Bugloss
Corylopsis glabrescens ‘Longwood Chimes’ – Fragrant Winter Hazel
Corylopsis pauciflora – Buttercup Winter Hazel
Delphinium exaltatum – Tall Larkspur; American Bee Larkspur
Enkianthus perulatus – White Enkianthus
Epimedium ‘Spritzer’ – Barrenwort
Epimedium stellulatum Long-leaf Form – Barrenwort (Long-leaf Form)
Erythronium ‘Pagoda’ – Trout Lily
Geum triflorum – Old-man’s-whiskers; Prairie Smoke; Purple Avens
Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Birgit’ – Witch Hazel
Helleborus foetidus – Stinking Hellebore
Helleborus x hybridus Anna’s Red ‘ABCRD02’ – Frostkiss Series Anna’s Red Lenten Rose
Helleborus x hybridus Penny’s Pink ‘ABCRD01’ – Frostkiss Series Penny’s Pink Lenten Rose
Helleborus x hybridus ‘Blue Metallic Lady’ – Lenten Rose
Helleborus x hybridus ‘Double Lady Mix’ – Lenten Rose
Helleborus x nigercors ‘Candy Love’ – Winter Magic Series Lenten Rose
Hyacinthus orientalis ‘Woodstock’ – Hyacinth
Ilex verticillata ‘Jim Dandy’ – Winterberry
Jeffersonia diphylla – Twin-leaf
Lamprocapnos spectabilis – Bleeding-heart
Larix decidua ‘Horstmann Recurved’ – Contorted European Larch
Lindera benzoin – Spicebush
Magnolia ‘Anticipation’
Magnolia ‘Big Dude’
Muscari latifolium – Grape Hyacinth
Narcissus ‘Falconet’ Tazetta Group – Tazetta Daffodil
Narcissus ‘Gigantic Star’ Large-cupped Group – Large-cupped Daffodil
Narcissus ‘Replete’ Double Group – Double Daffodil
Paxistima canbyi – Rat-stripper
Podophyllum hexandrum ‘Majus’ – Himalayan Mayapple
Primula kisoana – Primrose
Pulmonaria ‘Raspberry Splash’ – Lungwort
Rhododendron ‘Blue Baron’
Sibbaldiopsis tridentata – Three-toothed Cinquefoil
Trillium pusillum ‘Roadrunner’

Bosarge Education Center
Acer pensylvanicum ‘BAN Select’ – Striped Maple
Amelanchier x grandiflora ‘Autumn Brilliance’ – Apple Serviceberry
Asarum canadense – Wild Ginger
Betula nigra Heritage ‘Cully’ – Heritage River Birch
Carex pensylvanica – Pennsylvania Sedge
Carpinus caroliniana ssp. Virginiana – American Hornbeam
Comptonia peregrine – Sweetfern
Sanguinaria Canadensis – Bloodroot

Entry Walk
Chaenomeles speciosa ‘Cameo’ – Flowering Quince
Cornus mas – Cornelian Cherry Dogwood
Erica carnea ‘December Red’ – Scotch Heath
Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Jelena’ – Witch Hazel
Hyacinthus orientalis ‘Gypsy Queen’ – Hyacinth
Narcissus ‘Falconet’ Tazetta Group – Tazetta Daffodil
Saruma henryi – Upright Wild Ginger
Viburnum carlesii – Korean Spice Viburnum

The Cleaver Event Lawn
Jeffersonia diphylla – Twin-leaf
Magnolia x loebneri ‘Ballerina’
Narcissus ‘Kokopelli’ Jonquilla Group – Jonquilla Daffodil
Pulmonaria ‘Silver Shimmers’ – Lungwort
Vaccinium angustifolium – Lowbush Blueberry

The Slater Forest Pond
Caltha palustris – Marsh Marigold
Chionodoxa forbesii ‘Blue Giant’ – Glory-of-the-snow
Epimedium grandiflorum ‘Queen Esta’ – Barrenwort
Helleborus – Brandywine Lenten Rose
Lindera benzoin – Spicebush
Narcissus ‘Golden Harvest’ Trumpet Group – Trumpet Daffodil
Cornus mas ‘Golden Glory’ – Cornelian Cherry Dogwood
Euphorbia epithymoides – Cushion Spurge
Leucojum aestivum ‘Gravetye Giant’ – Summer Snowflake
Narcissus ‘Double Smiles’ – Double Group Double Daffodil

Founder’s Grove
Vaccinium angustifolium – Lowbush Blueberry

The Great Lawn
Narcissus Perennializing Premium Mix – Perennializing Premium Daffodil Mix
Leucojum aestivum ‘Gravetye Giant’ – Summer Snowflake
Phlox stolonifera ‘Blue Ridge’ – Creeping Phlox
Puschkinia scilloides var. libanotica – Striped Squill
Carpinus betulus ‘Frans Fontaine’ – European Hornbeam
Fritillaria persica – Persian Fritillary
Geum ‘Mai Tai’ Cocktail Series – Cocktail Series Avens
Fritillaria meleagris – Checkered-lily; Snake’s-head Fritillary; Guinea Hen Fritillary

Haney Hillside Garden
Amelanchier laevis – Allegheny Serviceberry
Dicentra eximia – Bleeding-heart
Lindera benzoin – Spicebush
Magnolia ‘Yellow Lantern’
Mertensia virginica – Virginia Bluebells
Narcissus ‘W.P. Milner’ Trumpet Group – Trumpet Daffodil
Pieris floribunda – Mountain Fetterbush
Carex appalachica – Appalachian Sedge
Dicentra ‘King of Hearts’ – Bleeding-heart
Magnolia ‘Butterflies’
Narcissus ‘Rijnveld’s Early Sensation’ Trumpet Group – Trumpet Daffodil
Paxistima canbyi – Rat-stripper
Sambucus racemosa ssp. Pubens – American Red Elder
Hamamelis virginiana – Common Witch Hazel
Viburnum lantanoides – Hobblebush

The Vayo Meditation Garden
Epimedium ‘Fire Dragon’ – Barrenwort
Epimedium grandiflorum ‘Pseudo-Larchmont’ – Barrenwort
Epimedium grandiflorum ‘Red Queen’ – Barrenwort
Epimedium sempervirens ‘Creamsickle’
Helleborus Heronswood Double Dark – Heronswood Double Dark Lenten Rose
Helleborus Heronswood Double Pink – Heronswood Double Pink
Helleborus Heronswood Pink – Heronswood Pink
Helleborus x hybridus ‘Pine Knot’s Southern Belles Double Darks’ – Hellebore
Helleborus x nigercors Helleborus Gold Collection Group HGC Ice Breaker Prelude ‘COSEH 830’ – Lenten Rose
Mukdenia rossii Crimson Fans ‘Karasabu’ – Crimson Fans Mukdenia

The Giles Rhododendron Garden
Cornus mas ‘Golden Glory’ – Cornelian Cherry Dogwood
Darmera peltata – Umbrella Plant
Dryopteris dilatata ‘Jimmy Dyce’ – Upright Broad Buckler Fern
Epimedium grandiflorum ‘Lilafee’ – Barrenwort
Helleborus – Brandywine Lenten Rose
Helleborus niger ‘Double Fantasy’ – Christmas Rose
Helleborus odorus – Hellebore
Helleborus orientalis ‘Pink Lady’ – Lenten Rose
Helleborus purpurascens Romanian Form – Hellebore (Romanian Form)
Helleborus torquatus x H. x hybridus – Hybrid
Helleborus x hybridus ‘Gold Finch’ – Lenten Rose
Helleborus x hybridus Seedlings Best Pink Doubles – Lenten Rose
Helleborus x hybridus ‘Winter Dreams Cassis Red’ Red Clone Form – Lenten Rose
Lamprocapnos spectabilis ex ‘Valentine’ – Bleeding-heart
Magnolia ‘Pink Royalty’
Magnolia stellata ‘Centennial’ – Star Magnolia
Magnolia x loebneri ‘Merrill’ – Dr. Merrill’s Magnolia
Muscari armeniacum – Armenian Grape Hyacinth
Muscari latifolium – Grape Hyacinth
Narcissus cyclamineus ‘Tete a Tete’ Miscellaneous Group – Cyclamen-flower Daffodil
Narcissus ‘Ice Follies’ Large-cupped Group – Large-cupped Daffodil
Narcissus ‘Pink Charm’ Large-cupped Group – Large-cupped Daffodil
Narcissus pseudonarcissus ‘Barrett Browning’ Small-cupped Group – Small-cupped Daffodil
Narcissus pseudonarcissus ‘Mount Hood’ Trumpet Group – Trumpet Daffodil
Narcissus ‘Replete’ Double Group – Double Daffodil
Narcissus ‘Sunny Girlfriend’ Split-cupped Collar Group – Split-cupped Collar Daffodil
Narcissus ‘Thalia’ Triandrus Group – Triandrus Daffodil
Narcissus x incomparabilis ‘Faith’ Large-cupped Group – Nonesuch Daffodil
Omphalodes verna – Creeping Forget-me-not
Prunus ‘Okame’ – Okame Cherry
Rhododendron ‘April Gem’
Rhododendron ‘April Snow’
Rhododendron balfourianum
Rhododendron ‘Balta’
Rhododendron ‘Blewbury’
Rhododendron ‘Cinquero’
Rhododendron ‘Cunningham’s White’
Rhododendron dauricum ‘Album’
Rhododendron ‘Hardy Giant’
Rhododendron ‘Mary Fleming’
Rhododendron ‘Northern Starburst’
Rhododendron ‘Olga Mezitt’
Rhododendron ‘Patty Bee’
Rhododendron ‘PJM’
Rhododendron ‘Purple Gem’
Rhododendron ‘Weston’s Pink Diamond’
Rhododendron yedoense var. poukhanense – Yodogawa Azalea
Rhododendron yedoense var. poukhanense ‘Compacta’ – Compact Korean Azalea
Spiraea japonica ‘Little Princess’ – Japanese Spiraea
Tulipa saxatilis (Bakeri Group) ‘Lilac Wonder’ Species Group – Tulip

The Arbor Garden
Acer rubrum ‘Autumn Spire’ – Red Maple
Anemone blanda ‘Blue Shades’ – Windflower; Grecian Windflower; Balkan Anemone; Winter Windflower; Lily-of-the-field; Sapphire Windflower
Arctostaphylos uva-ursi ‘Massachusetts’ – Bearberry
Aurinia saxatalis ‘Compacta’ – Basket-of-gold
Bergenia cordifolia Winter Glow ‘Winterglut’ – Winter Glow Heart-leaved Bergenia; Elephant-ears; Piqsqueak
Cerastium tomentosum ‘Yo Yo’ – Snow-in-summer
Chaenomeles speciosa ‘Scarlet Storm’ – Double Take Series Flowering Quince
Euphorbia epithymoides ‘First Blush’ – Cushion Spurge
Fritillaria imperialis ‘Maxima Lutea’ – Crown Imperial
Geum triflorum – Old-man’s-whiskers; Prairie Smoke; Purple Avens
Hyacinthus – Crave the Waves Hyancinth Mix
Hypericum cerastoides – Alpine St. John’s Wort
Mukdenia rossii Crimson Fans ‘Karasabu’ – Crimson Fans Mukdenia
Narcissus – Holland Mixture Daffodils
Narcissus ‘Delibes’ – Large-cupped Daffodil
Nepeta ‘Early Bird’ – Catmint
Pulmonaria ‘Majeste’ – Lungwort
Pulsatilla rubra – Red Pasque Flower
Pulsatilla vulgaris – Pasque Flower
Sanguinaria canadensis – Bloodroot
Spiraea thunbergii Mellow Yellow ‘Ogon’ – Mellow Yellow Spiraea

The Lerner Garden of the Five Senses
Acer tataricum Hot Wings ‘GarAnn’ – Hot Wings Tatarian Maple
Acer triflorum – Three-flower Maple
Cardamine pentaphylla – Showy Toothwort
Chionodoxa luciliae – Glory-of-the-snow
Convallaria majalis ‘Cream da Mint’ – Lily-of-the-valley
Darmera peltata – Umbrella Plant
Dicentra cucullaria – Dutchman’s-breeches
Dodecatheon clevelandii ssp. Insulare – Padre’s Shootingstar
Epimedium ‘Domino’ – Barrenwort
Epimedium grandiflorum var. higoense ‘Bandit’ – Barrenwort
Epimedium ‘Lemon Zest’ – Barrenwort
Eranthis hyemalis Cilicia Group (Cilicia Group) – Winter-aconite
Eubotrys racemose – Swamp Sweetbells
Fritillaria meleagris – Checkered-lily; Snake’s-head Fritillary; Guinea Hen Fritillary
Glaucidium palmatum – Japanese Wood Poppy
Hamamelis ‘Amethyst’ – Witch Hazel
Hamamelis virginiana ‘Mohonk Red’ – Witch Hazel
Helleborus multifidus ssp. hercegovinus – Hellebore
Helleborus x hybridus ‘White Lady Spotted’ – Lenten Rose
Iris ensata ‘Sessyu’ – Ancient Painter Japanese Iris
Jeffersonia diphylla – Twin-leaf
Jeffersonia dubia – Twin-leaf
Larix decidua – European Larch
Lysichiton camtschatcensis – Asian Skunk Cabbage
Mertensia virginica – Virginia Bluebells
Pulmonaria ‘Raspberry Splash’ – Lungwort
Pulsatilla rubra – Red Pasque Flower
Pulsatilla vulgaris ‘Rote Glocke’ – Pasque Flower
Vaccinium ‘Sunshine Blue’ – Highbush Blueberry

The Kitchen Garden Terrace
Aurinia saxatalis ‘Sulphurea’ – Basket-of-gold
Cercidiphyllum japonicum – Katsura Tree
Corylopsis spicata – Spike Winter Hazel
Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Arnold Promise’ – Witch Hazel
Malus domestica ‘McIntosh’ – Apple
Malus ‘Prairiefire’ – Flowering Crabapple
Narcissus [Rotterdam Mixture] – Rotterdam Mixture Daffodils
Potentilla fruticosa ‘Katherine Dykes’ – Shrubby Cinquefoil
Prunus ‘Snow Fountains’ – Weeping Cherry
Prunus ‘Toka’ – Plum
Pulmonaria ‘Majeste’ – Lungwort
Pyrus ‘Bartlett’ – Pear
Syringa vulgaris ‘Charles Joly’ – French Lilac

Woodland Garden
Epimedium franchetii
Epimedium grandiflorum ‘Sirius’ – Barrenwort
Epimedium grandiflorum ‘Spring Wedding’ – Barrenwort
Epimedium x warleyense ‘Orangek÷nigin’ – Orange Queen Bishop’s-cap
Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Aurora’ – Witch Hazel
Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Bernstein’ – Witch Hazel
Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Feuerzauber’ – Magic Fire Witch Hazel
Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Limelight’ – Witch Hazel
Helleborus Heronswood Double Pink – Heronswood Double Pink
Helleborus Honeymoon Series – Honeymoon Series Lenten Rose (Mixed)
Helleborus niger Ivory Prince ‘Walhelivor’ – Ivory Prince Lenten Rose
Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’ – Panicle Hydrangea
Mertensia virginica – Virginia Bluebells
Rhododendron ‘April Snow’

What’s in Bloom – October 6, 2016

Friday, October 7th, 2016

Staff Picks

muhlenbergia-muhlarbor
In the Great Lawn East and Ledge beds Muhlenbergia ‘Muhlarbor’ (also known as Muhly Grass) is at its peak. The ethereal seed heads almost make one want to crawl into the bed and curl upon on its softness! – Syretha, horticulturist

verbena
Verbena bonariensis illuminated in the fall garden! These volunteers seeded themselves around the Bibby and Harold Alfond Children’s Garden. – Jen, horticulturist


Symphyotrichum novae-angliae ‘Vibrant Dome’ New England Aster: This beauty has a purple flower that when the sun hits it just right, it looks light blue which adds great color to the fall landscape! – Sarah, public horticulture intern

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Shout out this week to the fabulous Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Fox Trot’ along the outer edge of the Cleaver Event Lawn – the seed heads are very reminiscent of fox tails, hence the cultivar name. – Syretha, horticulturist

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Symphyotrichum novae-angliae ‘Chilly Winds’ (New England Aster) is blooming near the bridge in the Lerner Garden. – Will, horticulturist


The gentian (Gentiana scabra var. buergeri) in the Children’s Garden provides gorgeous late season color with this vibrant shade of blue. – Tory, marketing content coordinator

miscanthus-sinensis-dixieland
It’s that time of the year for grasses! Along the outer border of the Perennial and Rose Garden it’s hard to miss the very statuesque Miscanthus sinensis ‘Dixieland,’ a variegated Japanese Silver Grass that easily grows over 10 feet (including seed heads). This time of year the heads have fully opened and turned a wonderful silver-red. Plus this grass is a wonderful winter interest plant that, if left standing, can add structure to a garden all the way until spring. – Syretha, horticulturist

What’s in Bloom – Sept. 16, 2016

Friday, September 16th, 2016

Staff Picks

dunce-caps
Orostachys iwarenge, better known as Dunce Caps, is beginning to bloom on the Rainbow Terrace in the Bibby and Harold Alfond Children’s Garden. – Jen, horticulturist

chrysanthemum-matchsticks
In the Great Lawn North Bed (closest to the Burpee Kitchen Garden), be sure to walk on the lawn to check out a new addition to our permanent collection, Chrysanthemum ‘Matchsticks,’ a hardy perennial mum. It boasts a plethora of flowers and funky, spoon-like petals. A very fun cultivar indeed! – Syretha, horticulturist

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Check out the Cardoons (Cynara cardunculus), reaching over 5’ tall and just beginning to bloom at the edge of the Cleaver Event Lawn. This relative of the globe artichoke has edible leave stalks versus meaty flower heads. – Anna, horticulturist

lobelia-siphilitica
In both the Lerner Garden of the Five Senses and its neighbor Slater Forest Pond, the Lobelia siphilitica (Great Blue Lobelia) is looking beautiful! One of our Rare and Extraordinary Plants this year, it has not been found growing wild in the state for many years. Considered critically imperiled in much of New England, it couldn’t be happier here at CMBG! Come see this beauty for yourself! – Syretha, horticulturist

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Chelone lyonii ‘Hot Lips’ (Turtlehead) is one of my favorite late season flowering plants. With a name like ‘Hot Lips’, what’s not to love? Check it out in the Slater Forest Pond Garden. – Will, horticulturist

showy-mountain-ash
The Showy Mountain Ash (Sorbus decora) is a native to Maine that produces berries, which change to a red-orange color as fall begins. Located by the Bosarge Family Education Center. – Sarah, public horticulture intern

buddleja
In the Great Lawn Ledge Bed, be sure to check out the Butterfly Bushes in full bloom! Beloved by honey bees as well as butterflies, these plants make a great late summer bloom addition to any sun garden. Here you see Buddleja davidii ‘Attraction’ on the left and Buddleja davidii ‘Potter’s Purple’ on the right. – Syretha, horticulturist

What’s in Bloom – September 2, 2016

Friday, September 2nd, 2016

Staff Picks

Euphorbia marginata 'Mt. Snow'
This is the lovely Euphorbia marginata ‘Mt. Snow.’ We grew this attractive annual from seed this year that was purchased through Johnny’s Selected Seed of Maine. The pure white variegation is a wonderful accent in the garden and it makes a long-lasting cut flower. Find it growing around the Bibby and Harold Alfond Children’s Garden. – Jen, horticulturist

Hibiscus 'Midnight Marvel'
One can’t do a plant pick right now without mentioning the spectacular Hibiscus ‘Midnight Marvel.’ Yes, it is perennial! No, it does not need to be dug up and stored over the winter! And yes, it dies fully back to the ground every winter! A true visual marvel indeed, right out through the Visitor Center doors on the Great Lawn. – Syretha, horticulturist

double click cosmo
Cosmos bipinnatus ‘Double Click Cranberry’ is gorgeous in the Burpee Kitchen Garden. – Diane, horticulturist
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