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What’s in Bloom – May 14, 2019

Tuesday, May 14th, 2019

A note from Andy Brand, curator of living collections: Tulips are starting to open and should be looking good if we get some warm weather this week. Narcissus (daffodils) are adding their bright, colorful blooms throughout the Gardens. Hellebores are still putting on a show. Additional bulbs such as Hyacinthus, Muscari, and Chionodoxa are also painting the ground with shades of pink, blue, yellow, and white. Be sure to check out the soft yellow flowers of Corylopsis glabrescens ‘Longwood Chimes’ in the Alfond Children’s Garden; they smell really yummy! And many small leaved rhododendrons are in bloom in the Giles Rhododendron and Perennial Garden.

Entrance Walk:
Epimedium x rubrum – barrenwort
Hyacinthus orientalis ‘Gypsy Queen’ – hyacinth
Narcissus ‘Sunny Girlfriend’ – daffodil
Saruma henryi – upright wild ginger

Lerner Garden of the Five Senses:
Caltha palustris – marsh marigold
Chionodoxa luciliae – glory-of-the-snow
Dicentra cucullaria (pink form) – dutchman’s breeches
Epimedium grandiflorum var. higoense ‘Bandit’ – barrenwort
Glaucidium palmatum – Japanese wood poppy
Helleborus multifidus ssp. hercegovinus – hellebore
Jeffersonia dubia – twin-leaf
Mertensia virginica – Virginia bluebells
Narcissus ‘Double Smiles’ – daffodil
Pieris floribunda – mountain fetterbush
Pulmonaria ‘Raspberry Splash’ – lungwort Read More

What’s in Bloom – May 6, 2019

Tuesday, May 7th, 2019

Hellebores look amazing! Narcissus or daffodils are adding their bright, colorful blooms throughout the Gardens. Additional bulbs such as Hyacinthus, Muscari, and Chionodoxa are also painting the ground with shades of pink, blue, yellow, and white as we all eagerly await the tulip bonanza. And the early blooming magnolias are peaking!

Entrance Walk:
Cornus mas – cornelian cherry
Epimedium x rubrum – barrenwort
Hyacinthus orientalis ‘Gypsy Queen’ – hyacinth

Founders’ Grove:
Muscari latifolium – two-toned grape hyacinth

Lerner Garden of the Five Senses:
Caltha palustris – marsh marigold
Chionodoxa luciliae – glory-of-the-snow
Cornus mas ‘Golden Glory’ – cornelian cherry
Dicentra cucullaria – dutchman’s breeches
Eranthis hymenalis – winter aconite
Hamamelis vernalis ‘Amethyst’ – vernal witch hazel Read More

What’s in Bloom – April 23, 2019

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019

Early spring bulbs are showing nice color and hellebores are beginning to put on a show. Be sure to look for the bright yellow flowers of the cornelian cherry and the tiny, unusual flowers of Dirca palustris or leatherwood. This will also be the week to see the beautiful white flowers of the woodland native, Sanguinaria canadensis or bloodroot.

Entrance Walk:
Cornus mas – cornelian cherry
Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Pallida’ – witch hazel

Founder’s Grove:
Iris ‘Katharine Hodgkin’ – reticulated iris
Hamamelis vernalis – vernal witch hazel


Iris ‘Katharine Hodgkin’

Lerner garden of the Five Senses:
Cornus mas ‘Golden Glory’ – cornelian cherry
Eranthis hymenalis – winter aconite
Hamamelis vernalis and H. v. ‘Amethyst’ – vernal witch hazel
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What’s in Bloom – September 13, 2018

Thursday, September 13th, 2018

Hibiscus are amazing and putting on quite a show! Lovers of black-eyed-Susan will not be disappointed this week. And be sure to check out the incredible blue flowers on the various types of gentains. And the very unusual flowers of Tricyrtis or toad lilies are sure to impress. Ornamental grasses are looking good and the asters are starting to open. Read More

What’s in Bloom – August 23, 2018

Thursday, August 23rd, 2018

Lobelia cardinalis, cardinal flower is spectacular! Be sure to check out the cool orb-like flowers of Cephalanthus occidentalis (buttonbush). The flowers of Clethra alnifolia (summersweet) are filling the gardens with their lovely fragrance. Phlox are putting on quite a show too. Both the solidago (goldenrod) and coreopsis (tickseed) are in full bloom. The big white flowers of Hydrangea paniculata or peegee (panicle) hydrangea are very showy! Lovers of black-eyed-Susan and Joe-pye-weed will not be disappointed this week.

Entrance Walk:
Agastache ‘Blue Fortune’ – giant hyssop
Aesculus parviflora – bottlebrush buckeye
Calycanthus ‘Aphrodite’ – sweetshrub
Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’ – panicle hydrangea

Founders’ Grove:
Clethra alnifolia ‘Sixteen Candles’ – summersweet
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What’s in Bloom – July 31, 2018

Tuesday, July 31st, 2018

The echinacea are looking great. Be sure to search out the Monarda (beebalm) and watch for hummingbirds at the bright colored flowers. Lilium selections look and smell amazing! The bottlebrush buckeye, a butterfly magnet, is in full flower. Phlox are starting to put on quite a show, too. Hydrangea paniculata (peegee or panicle hydrangea) are showy too!

Entrance Walk:
Agastache ‘Blue Fortune’ – giant hyssop
Aesculus parviflora – bottlebrush buckeye
Calycanthus ‘Aphrodite’ – sweetshrub
Calycanthus x raulstonii ‘Hartlage Wine’ – sweetshrub
Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’ – panicle hydrangea
Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Pee Wee’ – oakleaf hydrangea
Ligularia japonica – Japanese ligularia Read More

What’s in Bloom – June 20, 2018

Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

Entrance Walk:
Aesculus x carnea ‘Ft. McNair’ – red horse chestnut
Benthamidia japonica var. chinensis ‘Samzam’ – Japanese dogwood
Calycanthus ‘Aphrodite’ – sweetshrub
Calycanthus x raulstonii ‘Hartlage Wine’ – sweetshrub
Chionanthus virginicus – fringetree
Hydrangea anomala ssp. petiolaris – climbing hydrangea
Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Diabolo’ – ninebark

Founders’ Grove:
Heuchera ‘Fandango’ – coralbells
Iris ‘Spartan’ – iris

Lerner garden of the Five Senses:
Achillea ‘Moonshine’ – yarrow
Allium ‘Globemaster’ – ornamental onion
Amsonia ‘Blue Ice’ – blue star
Calycanthus floridus ‘Michael Lindsey’ – sweetshrub
Clematis addisonii – Addison’s leather flower
Dianthus gratianopolitanus ‘Feuerhexe’ – cheddar pinks
Iris laevigata ‘Variegata’ – variegated iris
Nymphaea ‘Fire Crest’ – pink waterlily
Paeonia lactiflora ‘Do Tell’ – peony
Paeonia ‘Bartzella’ – Itoh peony
Paeonia ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ – Itoh peony
Paeonia ‘Sanoma Amethyst’ – peony
Primula japonica – primrose
Rosa ‘Nearly Wild’ – rose
Salvia argentea ‘Hobbit’s Foot’ – sage
Salvia nemerosa ‘Caradonna’ – meadow sage
Salvia x sylvestris ‘Mainacht’ – sage
Symphytum x uplandicum ‘Axminster Gold’ – comfrey
Syringa komarowii – lilac
Syringa pubescens ssp. patula ‘Miss Kim’ – lilac
Weigela ‘Alexandra’ – weigela
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What’s in Bloom – June 7, 2018

Thursday, June 7th, 2018

Entrance Walk:
Aesculus x carnea ‘Ft. McNair’ – red horse chestnut
Amsonia ciliata ‘Spring Sky’ – blue star
Calycanthus x raulstonii ‘Hartlage Wine’ – sweetshrub
Syringa x prestoniae ‘Donald Wyman’ – lilac
Viburnum plicatum forma tomentosum ‘Shasta’ – doublefile viburnum

Founders’ Grove:
Enkianthus campanulatus ‘Albiflorus’ – white redvein enkianthus
Iris ‘Spartan’ – iris


‘Fernwood’s Golden Slipper’ and ‘Cream da Mint’ lily of the valley (Convallaria majalis) outside of the Lerner Garden.

Lerner garden of the Five Senses:
Allium ‘Globemaster’ – ornamental onion
Calycanthus floridus ‘Michael Lindsey’ – sweetshrub
Clematis addisonii – Addison’s leather flower
Convallaria majalis ‘Fernwood’s Golden Slipper’ and ‘Cream da Mint’ – lily of the valley
Daphne x burkwoodii ‘Carol Mackie’ – daphne
Dianthus gratianopolitanus ‘Feuerhexe’ – cheddar pinks
Diphylleia cymosa – umbrella leaf
Dodocatheon clevelandii ssp. insulare – Padre’s shooting star
Epimedium ‘Amber Queen’, ‘Lemon Zest’, ‘Yokihi’ – barrenwort
Iris laevigata ‘Variegata’ – variegated iris
Lamprocapnos spectabile ‘Valentine’ – bleeding heart
Paeonia rockii – peony
Phlox stolonifera ‘Sherwood Purple’ – creeping phlox
Primula japonica – primrose
Salvia nemerosa ‘Caradonna’ – meadow sage
Salvia x sylvestris ‘Mainacht’ – sage
Thymus serpyllum ‘Pink Chuntz’ – thyme
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What’s in Bloom – August 24, 2017

Friday, August 25th, 2017


Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’ is spectacular! These are at the Norweb Entrance Garden. – Sharmon, director of horticulture


Pennisteum ‘Fireworks’ certainly is putting on a show this time of year! This annual grass makes a great foliage contrast all season. Come see it at the entrance to the Arbor Garden. – Amy, writer/editor


I look forward to this gorgeous Rose of Sharon blooming every summer. Lavender, shades of blue, and dusky red make this an eye catching shrub that pollinators and humans alike simply cannot resist. Three cheers for the Hibiscus ‘Notwood Three.’ – Jen, horticulturist Read More

What’s in Bloom – August 14, 2017

Monday, August 14th, 2017


I love this ‘American Dawn’ Dahlia! Find it on the steps leading up to and scattered around the Cleaver Event Lawn. – Anna, horticulturist


Sagittarius latifolia (Common Arrowhead) is beautiful in the Slater Forest Pond. – Will, horticulturist


Rudbeckia fulgida, ‘Goldsturm’ Black-eyed Susan. This cheerful native perennial is actually an herb—Native Americans valued this plant for its variety of uses for centuries. Recent studies indicate it may even have a more stimulating effect on the immune system than Echinacea! Just don’t eat the seeds—they’re poisonous. – Amy, writer/editor Read More