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What’s in Bloom – June 30, 2016

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

Staff Picks

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Don’t miss the different varieties of milkweed blooming out front of the Bosarge Family Education Center – it’s crawling with happy pollinators, like these honey bees! – Erin, CFO (and Master Beekeeper)

Thick Stemmed Wood Fern
This Dryopteris crassirhizoma (Thick-stemmed Wood Fern) is very cool and ancient looking in the Lerner Garden. It’s interesting to think that some form of fern existed in the Cretaceous Period some 360 million years ago, even if it wasn’t this variety. – Tina, IT coordinator
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What’s in Bloom June 22, 2016

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

Staff Picks

Clematis ochroleuca 'Curlyheads'
I love the gold seed heads on Clematis ochroleuca ‘Curlyheads’ in the Event Lawn. – Anna, horticulturist

Cistus 'Bicolor Pink' small flowered rock rose
I’m so excited about this little gem of a plant, Cistus ‘Bicolor Pink!’ It is in full bloom, tucked carefully away in the Overlook section of the Rose and Perennial Garden. I added these Mediterranean natives to our collection in 2014 and am enamored with the fact that they over wintered! Check them out because they may not be here forever. – Jen, horticulturist

Monarda bradburiana
This beautiful bee balm (Monarda bradburiana) is low maintenance and uniquely beautiful, making it my personal favorite. Its leaves can be made into tea, and it also attracts many pollinators, including bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Found around the Burpee Kitchen Garden Terrace. – Sarah, social media marketing intern
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What’s in Bloom – June 2, 2016

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

Staff Picks


Allium ‘Purple Sensation’ is a sensation in the Kitchen Garden! – Diane, horticulturist

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The Rheum ‘Ace of Hearts’ (ornamental rhubarb) is looking quite fine in the Lerner Garden. There are several other species and cultivars throughout the gardens that will be in bloom as well. – Will, horticulturist
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What’s in Bloom This Week – May 25, 2016

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

Staff Picks

Redbuds
These small trees (Cercis canadensis – Eastern Redbud) are at their peak right now! We’re at the very top of their range, meaning they are marginally hardy, but with this past year’s mild winter they are doing great. The leaves don’t start to emerge until the flowers are going, so their beauty is not obscured! They can be found in many parts of our gardens, but these shown are in the Children’s Garden. – Syretha, horticulturist

Spanish Bluebells (Hyacinthoides hispanoles) and 'Coerulea' Large Camas (Camassia leichtinii)
There are two great perennial bulbs blooming on the back side of the Event Lawn this week: a sweet mix of Spanish Bluebells (Hyacinthoides hispanoles) and ‘Coerulea’ Large Camas (Camassia leichtinii). Check them out! – Anna, horticulturist

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The Dodecatheon clevelandii ssp. insulare (Padre’s Shootingstar) is looking spectacular next to the bridge in the Lerner Garden. Will, horticulturist
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What’s in Bloom – May 19, 2016

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

Staff Picks

Narcissus 'Manly'
This Narcissus ‘Manly’ is outstanding. A creamy yellow double daffodil that stays in bloom for a long time. Perfect in the Norweb Entrance Garden! – Sharmon, horticulturist

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The Mertensia virginica (Virginia Bluebells) is a large swath of blue under the birches in the Lerner Garden. – Will, horticulturist

Cercis canadensis redbuds
Don’t miss the Redbuds (Cercis canadensis) popping all over the gardens this week. They look especially nice heading towards the Rainbow Terrace in the Children’s Garden with the stunning purple, pink and yellow tulips behind them. – Anna, horticulturist
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What’s in Bloom – May 5, 2016

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

Staff Picks

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Don’t miss the Lysichiton camtschatcencis (Asian skunk cabbage) in the Lerner Garden this week. The white blossoms are stunning. – Will, horticulturist

5-5 Narcissus 'Kokopelli' Jonquilla daffodils
These Narcissus ‘Kokopelli’ Jonquilla Daffodils along the Event Lawn have the cutest little flowers and they smell amazing! – Anna, horticulturist

5-5 Crave the Wave Hyacinth
They’ve been rocking for a bit, so be sure not to miss the stunning and fragrant sweep of Crave The Wave Hyacinth Mix in the Perennial and Rose Garden! – Syretha, horticulturist
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What’s in Bloom This Week

Monday, September 28th, 2015

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Norweb Entrance Garden:
Chamaepericlymenum canadense — Bunchberry
Clematis terniflora – Sweet Autumn Clematis
Cuphea micropetala – Bat-faced Cuphea (In Containers)
Fuchsia ‘Autumnale’ – (In Containers)
Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’ – Panicle Hydrangea
Zantedeschia ‘Edge of Night’ – Calla Lily ( A few left in containers)

Visitor Center Entrance Walk:
Canna ‘Striata’ – Bengal Tiger canna lily
Cestrum ‘Orange Peel’
Fuchsia ‘Swanley Yellow’
Hibiscus acetosella ‘Jungle Red’

Great Lawn Beds:
Hylotelephium (Sedum) ‘Autumn Joy’
Hibiscus ‘Midnight Marvel’
Canna ‘Striata’
Grasses looking beautiful throughout, particularly Muhlenbergia ‘Muhlarbor,’ Schizachyrium scoparium ‘The Blues,’ ‘Miscanthus sinensis ssp. purpurascens,’ and Calamagrastis x acutifolia ‘Stricta’
Aster ericoides ‘Schneegitter’
Rudbeckia subtomentosa ‘Henry Eilers’
Aster novae-angliae ‘Andenken an Alma Potschke’
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What’s in Bloom This Week

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

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Norweb Entrance Garden:
Chamaepericlymenum canadense — Bunchberry
Cuphea micropetala – Bat-faced Cuphea (In Containers)
Fuchsia ‘Autumnale’ – (In Containers)
Hemerocallis – Daylily
Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’ – Panicle Hydrangea
Zantedeschia ‘Edge of Night’ – Calla Lily (In Containers)

Entry Walk:
Plectranthus argentatus
Anigozanthos ‘Burgundy Jumper’
Agastache ‘Blue Fortune’
Plectranthus ‘Zap Knarley’
Cuphea llavea
Phygelius ‘Devil’s Tears’
Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight ‘

Woodland Garden:
Angelonia ‘Dangeloni4’ – Alonia White Angelonia
Geranium ‘Sue Crug’ — Cranesbill
Hellebores
Hosta ‘Lakeside Shore Master’
Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’ and ‘Kyushu’ – Panicle Hydrangea
Nemesia ‘Fleurame’ –Opal Innocence Nemesia
Tricyrtis formosana ‘Seiryu’ – Toad Lily
Veratrum formosanum
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What’s in Bloom This Week

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

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Alfond Children’s Garden:
Lavendula angustifolia ‘Hidcote’ — English Lavender
Hydrangea arborescens ‘NCHA1’ — Invincibelle Spirit Smooth Hydrangea at the entrance surrounding the whales
Leucanthemum X superbum ‘Becky’ — Shasta Daisy
Veronica ‘Purpleicious’ — Spiked Speedwell
Salvia nemorosa ‘Cardonna’ — Meadow Sage
Helenium ‘Moerheim Beauty’ — Sneezeweed
Salvia verticillata ‘Endless Love’ — Lilac Sage
Iris ensata ‘Lion King’ — Japanese Iris
Calendula, Yarrow, Echinacea and Chamomile still blooming in the physic garden
Monarda ‘Jacob Cline’ — Bee Balm now blooming in the physic garden!
Clematis ‘Nelly Moser’
Lowbush blueberries are just starting to ripen on Blueberry Island! (Yum!)

Lerner Garden and Forest Pond:
Achillia ‘Moonshine’ — Yarrow
Philadelphus ‘Snowflake’ — Mock Orange
Rogersia pinnata ‘Chocolate Wings’ — Rodger’s Flower
Rosa ‘Nearly Wild’
Rosa ‘Rainbow Knockout’

Haney Hillside:
Penstemon digitalis ‘Husker’s Red’ — Beard-tongue
Penstemon calycosus — Long-sepaled Beard-tongue
Penstemon smalli — Small Beard-tongue

Woodland Garden:
Arisaema candidissimum Pink-flowered Form — White-striped Cobra Lily
Benthamidia japonica ‘Madison’ – Crown Jewel Dogwood
Benthamidia japonica ‘Square Dance’ — Dogwood
Geranium ‘Sue Crug’ — Cranesbill
Tiarella ‘Candy Striper’
Angelonia ‘Dangeloni4’ – Alonia White Angelonia
Hellebores

Norweb Entrance Garden:
Zantedeschia ‘Edge of Night’ – Calla Lily (In Containers)
Benthamida japonica – Japanese Dogwood
Clematis ‘Zorero’ — I am a Red Robin Clematis
Iris sibirica ‘Harpswell Happiness’ — Siberian Iris
Phedimus floriferus ‘Weihenstephaner Gold’ – Orange Stonecrop
Lupinus ‘Noble Maiden’ – Lupine
Hemerocallis – Daylily

Perennial and Rose Garden:
Hydrangea arborescens ‘A.G. Annabelle’
Rosa ‘BAIset’
Astilbe ‘Peaches and Cream’
Rhododendron ‘Golden Showers’
Hemerocallis ‘Chicago Knockout’ (above 5 all located in the bed between the Children’s Garden and the Perennial and Rose Garden)
Echinaceas are beginning to bloom! In this garden, that includes: purpurea ‘Virgin,’ purpurea ‘Magnus,’ and paradoxa
Last week to catch the Kniphofia uvaria ‘First Sunrise,’ Eremurus stenophyllus, and some roses
Rosa ‘Robusta’
Ligularia ‘Bottle Rocket’
Sempervivum ‘Red Beauty’
Liatris spicata ‘Kobold’
Spirea japonica ‘Anthony Waterer’
Delphinium elatum ‘Blue Lace’

Great Lawn:
Echinaceas, including: ‘Evan Saul,’ x hybrida ‘Balsomcor,’ ‘Balsomselo,’ ‘Pica Bella,’ purpurea ‘Kim’s Knee High,’ and ‘Hot Papaya’
Anthemis ‘Susanna Mitchell’
Salvias blooming include verticillata ‘Purple Rain,’ spendens ‘Ablazin Purple,’ ‘Rose Queen,’ and x sylvestris ‘Blauhugel
Heliopsis helianthoides var. scabra ‘Sommersonne’
Filipendula rubra ‘Venusta’
Callirhoe involucrata
Yucca filamentosa ‘Color Guard’

Giles Rhododendron Garden:
Hosta all coming into bloom!
Anemone coronaria ‘Mr Fokker’
Rhododendron ‘Weston Sparkler’
Benthamidia japonica – ‘Satomi’ and ‘Summer Games’
Geranium Gerwat aka ‘Rozanne’
Kalmia latifolia, and cv. ‘Sarah’
Kalmia ‘Kaleidoscope’
Deutzia gracilis ‘Nikko’
Astilbe ‘Deutchland’

Education Center:
Gillenia trifoliata
Asclepias incarnata ‘Ice Ballet’
Penstemon digitalis ‘Husker Red’
Lilium canadense
Kalmia latifolia
Various Coreopsis hybrids ( E.g., Cha Cha)
Eryngium ‘Big Blue’
Rudbeckia hirta
Rosa caroliniana

Visitor Center Entrance Walk:
Phygelius x rectus ‘Devil’s Tears’
Begonia cvs.
Solanum pyracanthum — porcupine tomato
Calycanthus x raulstonii ‘Hartlage Wine’
Digitalis — foxgloves

Burpee Kitchen Garden:
Allium ‘Hair’
Allium sphaerocephalon
Helianthus ‘Buttercream’
Helianthus ‘Italian White’
Agastache cvs.
Calendula cvs.

Cleaver Event Lawn:
Echinacea paradoxa
Astilbe ‘Rock and Roll’
Morina longifolia
Thalictrum rochebrunianum
Verbascum ‘Christo’s Yellow Lightning’
Astilbe cvs.
Petunia ‘African Sunset’

What’s in Bloom This Week

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

Calendula in ACG
Lerner Garden and Forest Pond:
Primula x bullesiana — Primrose
Achillia ‘Moonshine’ — Yarrow
Syringa reticulata — Japanese Tree Lilac
Philadelphus ‘Snowflake’ — Mock Orange
Paeonia ‘Bartrzella’ — Yellow Itoh Hybrid Peony
Rogersia pinnata ‘Chocolate Wings’ — Rodger’s Flower
Salvia nermosa ‘Caradonna’
Rosa ‘Nearly Wild’
Rosa ‘Rainbow Knockout’
Digitalis grandiflora — Perennial Fox Glove

Giles Rhododendron Garden:
Rhododendron ‘Weston Sparkler’
Benthamidia japonica ‘Satomi’ and ‘Summer Games’
Geranium Gerwat aka ‘Rozanne’
Kalmia latifolia, and cv. ‘Sarah’
Kalmia ‘Kaleidoscope’
Deutzia gracilis ‘Nikko’
Astilbe ‘Deutchland’

Education Center:
Penstemon digitalis ‘Husker Red’
Lilium canadense
Kalmia latifolia
Various Coreopsis hybrids
Eryngium ‘Big Blue’
Rudbeckia hirta

Alfond Children’s Garden:
Achillea ‘Coronation Gold’ — Yarrow
Iris virginica ‘Carl Amason’ — Blur Flag Iris
Nepeta ‘Joanna Reed’ Catmint
Delphinium grandiflorum ‘Dwarf Blue Butterfly’ — Siberian Larkspur
Geranium ‘Tiny Monster’
Gailardia aristata ‘Arizona Apricot’ — Blanket Flower
Veronica ‘Purpleicious’ — Spiked Speedwell
In the physic garden:
– Achillea millefolium ‘Pomegranate’ — Tutti Frutti Series Yarrow
– Calendula officinalis ‘Bon Bon Orange’ Pot-marigold and ‘Resina’ Pot-marigold
– Echinacea purpurea — Eastern Purple Coneflower
– Matricaria recutita – German chamomile

Cleaver Event Lawn:
Morinia longifolia
Echinacea paradoxa
Astilbe ‘Avalanche’
Geranium ‘Rozanne’

Burpee Kitchen Garden:
Papaver somniferum
Eschscholzia californica
BKG containers:
– Emilia javanica
– Brassica juncea cvs
– Pisum sativum ‘Dwarf Grey’
– Calendula cvs

Great Lawn Beds:
Callirhoe involucrata
Salvias x sylvestris ‘Blauhuegel,’ ‘Rose Queen,’ and verticillata ‘Purple Rain’
Anthemis ‘Susanna Mitchell’
Echinacea ‘Hot Papaya’ is beginning
Coreopsis ‘Jethro Tull’
Astilbe x arendsii ‘Bressingham Beauty’
Spirea japonica ‘Alpina’

Perennial and Rose Garden:
Oenothera tetragona
Calycanthus ‘Aphrodite’
Agapanthus ‘Lapis Lazuli’
Astilbe ‘Deutschland’
Many roses still look beautiful, including ‘Kent,’ ‘Radtko,’ ‘Belinda’s Dream,’ ‘Lillian Gibson,’ ‘Prarie Joy,’ ‘John Cabot,’ and ‘BALmas’ among others
Clematis ‘Hagley Hybrid’ and ‘Multi Blue’
Spirea japonica ‘Anthony Waterer’ is just starting
Kniphofia icarian ‘First Sunrise’

Meditation Garden:
Sedum stefco — Stonecrop
Arisaema candidissimun — Pink-striped Cobra Lily

Haney Hillisde:
Kalmia latifolia — Mountain Laurel
Penstemom digitalis ‘Huskers Red’ — Beard-tongue
Penstemon smallii — Small Beard-tongue
Penstemon calycosus — Long-sepaled Beard-tongue
Gillenia trifoliata — Bowman’s Root

VC Entrance Walkway:
Cuphea micropetala — candy corn plant
Phygelius rectus ‘Devil’s Tears’ — cape fuchsia
Cestrum ‘Orange Peel’
Begonia ‘Bepared’ — Dragon Wing red begonia
Anigozanthus ‘Burgundy Jumper’ — kangaroo paw

Woodland Garden:
Arisaema candidissimum Pink-flowered Form – White-striped Cobra Lily
Benthamidia japonica ‘Madison’ – Crown Jewel Dogwood
Benthamidia japonica ‘Square Dance’ Dogwood
Geranium ‘Sue Crug’ – Cranesbill
Tiarella ‘Candy Striper’
Hellebores

Norweb Entrance Garden:
Benthamida japonica – Japanese Dogwood
Clematis ‘Matka Urszula Ledóchowska’
Clematis ‘Zorero’ – I am a Red Robin Clematis
Iris sibirica ‘Harpswell Happiness’ – Siberian Iris
Phedimus floriferus ‘Weihenstephaner Gold’ – Orange Stonecrop
Lupinus ‘Noble Maiden’ – Lupine