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What’s Hot on a Cool Maine Day?

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

What could be better on a cool, rainy Maine day than a bright, bushy Echinacea ‘Hot Papaya’ Cone-fections Coneflower? This double-flowered, blazing red-orange bloom is a hybrid of Echinacea, a North American genus in the Daisy family, bred in the Netherlands. What a warming sight in our rugged coastal Maine climate. As you can imagine, it’s very attractive to butterflies. Plant Coneflower in the Fall for a summer display, one that will bloom steadily from June until frost.

What's Blooming

What’s in Bloom this Week

Monday, July 14th, 2014

Entry Walk:
Beta vulgaris ssp. vulgaris ‘Bright Lights’
Osteospermum ‘Zion Copper Amethyst’
Cleome ‘Senorita Rosalita’
Asclepias curassavica ‘Silky Deep Red’ – Milkweed
Begonia boliviensis ‘Santa Cruz Sunset’

Lerner Garden of the Five Senses and Great Lawn:
Hemerocallis – Day Lilies
Platycodon – Balloon Flower
Echinacea – Coneflower
Heliopsis – False Sunflower
Campanula – Bell Flower

Bibby & Harold Alfond Childrens’ Garden:
Cuphea micropetala – Candy-corn plant
Iris ensata ‘Lion King’ Japanese Iris
Helenium ‘Moerheim Beauty’ – Sneezeweed
Hosta ‘Blue Mouse Ears’ – Plantain Lily
Bergenia pacumbis

Rose and Perennial Garden:
Echinacea ‘Hot Papaya’ Cone-fections Coneflower
Liatris spica ‘Kolbold’ – Gay feather
Ligularia ‘Bottle Rocket’
Delphinium elation ‘Blue Lace’ – Larkspur
Agastache ‘ Black Adder’ – Hyssop

Cleaver Event Lawn:
Hemerocallis – Daylilies
Oriental lilies
Cornus Kousa – Dogwood
Astilbes
Arisaema candidissimum Pink-flowered (aka Pink-striped Cobra lily)

Kitchen Garden:
Helianthus – Sunflowers
Leonotis nepetifolia ‘Naivasha Apricot’
Garlic Scapes
Dill
Papaver somnifera – Bread Seed Poppy

Bosarge Family Education Center:
Cotinus coggygria – Smokebush
Gillenia stipulata – American Ipecac
Monarda – Bee Balm
Asclepias incarnata – Milkweed

Pure White and Fragrant: Astilbe ‘Avalanche’

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Fragrant, pure white Astilbe ‘Avalanche’ is tall and sweetly fragrant in the Cleaver Event Lawn gardens this week. Graceful, feathery flowers atop glossy green frond-like foliage are content in part to deep shade and damp to wet conditions. We love how this herbaceous perennial attracts pollinators, like butterflies. Fortunately, Astilbe is not a favorite of deer. Native to ravines and woodlands in Asia and North America, Astilbe is an easy, satisfying plant for a home garden that’s most commonly known as ‘False Spirea’. You’ll find Astilbe offered in a variety of colors when you visit your local greenhouse. Come enjoy it here if you can!

Kalmia cultivars - Mountain Laurel

What’s in Bloom this Week?

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Entry Walk:
Phygelius (cape fuchsia)
Cleome ‘Senorita Rosalita’
Digiplexis ‘Illumination Flame’
Cestrum
The Begonia are looking outstanding (‘Whopper Red Bronze Leaf’ and B. boliviensis)

Great Lawn:
Coneflowers
Phygelius x rectus ‘Devil’s Tears’
Coreopsis cultivars
Salvia cultivars (sage)

Bibby & Harold Alfond Childrens’ Garden:
Hosta
Delphinium (larkspur)
Azaleas
Irises
Leucanthemum x superbum ‘Becky’ (shasta daisies)

Lerner Garden of the Five Senses:
Roses
Shasta daisies
Japanese iris
Echinacea cultivars (coneflowers)
Salvia cultivars (sage)

Kitchen Garden:
Eschscholzia californica – California Poppy
Papaver somniferum – Bread Seed Poppy
Nasturtium
Salvia officinalis
Physalis – purple Tomatillo
Amaranthus

Cleaver Event Lawn:
Astilbe ‘Avalanche’
Benthamidia japonica (kousa dogwood)
Echinacea ‘Passion Flute’

Bosarge Family Education Center:
Sambucus canadensis ‘Aurea’
Penstemon digitalis ‘Husker Red’
Kalmia ‘Nipmuck’ & ‘Olympic Fire’ (mountain laurel)

Haney Hillside:
Kalmia cultivars (mountain laurel)
Penstemon species and cultivars

Rhododendron Garden:
Astilbe ‘Touch of Pink’

Plant Sale

Bring a plant home with you today

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Remember to check out the Spring plant sale at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens during your visit. All remaining plants are now 30% off and you will find a lovely selection of shrubs and perennials from our gardens. We have grown most of the plants here on site including perennials from divisions and those grown from seed. You will also find an assortment of Van Berkum plants left over from our Memorial Day plant sale. You’ll find them in the kitchen garden area. Bring something home with you today!

What’s in Bloom this week?

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Just in from our Horticulture crew, a compiled list of what’s blooming in our gardens this week of June 23rd, many of which can be located using FloraFind. Enjoy!

Rose and Perennial Garden:
Indigofera kirilowii
Eremerus stenophyllus
Hydrangea anomala spp. petiolaris
Rosa ‘Lillian Gibson’
Sempervivum arachnoideum

Children’s Garden:
Gillenia trifoliate ‘Pink Profusion’
Astillbe ‘Key West’
Paeonia lactiflora ‘Hot Chocolate’
Nepeta subsessilis
Cosmos astrosanguines

Cleaver Event Lawn:
Kousa Dogwoods
Foxgloves
Geraniums
Fringe Trees
Water lilies

Lerner and Great Lawn:
Peonies
Filipendula
Weigela
Geraniums
Water Lilies

Bosarge Family Education Center:
Baptisia ‘Moonlight’

Kitchen Gardens and environs:
Nepeta
Baptisia ‘Screaming Yellow’
Golden Pea
‘Chocolate’ Cosmos
Dianthus ‘Green Ball’

Look who’s nesting in the Gardens

Saturday, June 21st, 2014

A Hermit Thrush’s bright, blue-green eggs were spotted in a nest of moss, leaves and small roots last week on the ground in the southern part of the Garden. The Hermit Thrush lives in coniferous and mixed forests; deciduous woodlands and thickets on migration and in winter. You can learn more about the Hermit Thrush at Audubon.org

Lerner Garden of the Five Senses

Come find Fred in the Lerner Garden of the Five Senses

Sunday, June 15th, 2014

The Lerner Garden of the Five Senses opened in June of 2009 and was an immediate favorite with Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens visitors. While there is an abundance of plants and features in areas designed to appeal to each sense, the entire garden is a sensational experience. The pond is teeming with life this spring, including 100s of tadpoles and an elusive Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina) referred to by Horticulturist, Will Bridges as “Fred”.

Hanging Upside Down: Another Perspective

Friday, May 9th, 2014

by Jen Dunlap

As I write this, the rain pours down outside. It is a warm, slightly scented, spring rain that gleans the faintest hint of Magnolia x loebneri. There are a few not far from here and I am grateful. For this smell, this rain, and for this day, I am grateful. Our connection to nature sustains us. Just before the rain began we finished a planting of Hosta, Pulmonaria, and Astillbe around the Horse Chestnut in our yard. I can’t stop gardening! The sticky buds of the Aesculus plump and ripe, hang in a protective embrace around the new transplants. The heroic Anne Frank wrote about the Horse Chestnut in her diary from February 23, 1944, the following:

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Spring Forward – a Horticulturist’s Metamorphosis

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Greetings all! As we spring forward into this season of new beginnings, change is certainly afoot at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. The snow cannot melt fast enough as we all, here at CMBG, patiently await the first signs of plant life to emerge from the thawing tundra below. Anticipation over the forthcoming bulb display is thick and we remember well those grueling planting days of fall with our calloused hands and sore knees. We planted more than 23,000 bulbs last fall, and this spring looks to provide another jaw-dropping color extravaganza.

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