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What’s in Bloom – August 4, 2016

Staff Picks

Hosta 'Whirlwind'
Hosta ‘Whirlwind’ and other cultivars are in bloom now in the Rhododendron Garden. While generally considered foliage plants, delicate lavender and/or white flowers crown these stalwart, leafy mounds. – Dan, horticulturist

Malope trifida
There are so many great plants blooming in the gardens this time of year that it’s hard to choose only one. Since I must, let’s take a moment to appreciate the beautiful and unusual Malope trifida with its edible blossoms. Such a gorgeous shade of magenta! Find it in the Cottage Garden section of the Bibby and Harold Alfond Children’s Garden. – Jen, horticulturist

Echinacea 'Hot Papaya'
It’s that Echinacea time of year! Our many varieties are in full bloom at the moment and looking spectacular! A crowd favorite is Echinacea ‘Hot Papaya,’ found in both the Great Lawn and the outer edge of the Perennial and Rose Garden. Come see them for yourself! – Syretha, horticulturist

Lilium 'Muscadet'
Lilium ‘Muscadet’ Oriental Lily is spectacular in the Cleaver Event Lawn. – Anna, horticulturist

Geranium 'Gerwat' Roxanne
The glamorous Geranium ‘Gerwat’ Roxanne can be found in between the Burpee kitchen Garden and the Bibby and Harold Alfond Children’s Garden. It is in bloom May to July, showing its magnificent violet petals. It is also extremely heat tolerant, which is helpful in times of drought. – Wilson, gardener

hydrangea
The sweep of white pom-poms blooming on the edge of the Great Lawn in a sweep around the Café windows – the beautiful, traditional white hydrangea. To me, it is the flower that tells me “Hey, you! Summer is truly – fully – really here!” It is a hardy shrub with those large flowers each comprised of those dainty little white petals. Such a romantic bloom… especially when it starts to “blush” in the late summer! Just a reminder of years gone by, they are, to me, just simply stunning and classic Maine beyond a doubt! – Alicia, gift shop manager

Profussion Double Deep
Profussion Double Deep Salmon creates a beautiful bed of color along the Visitor Center entrance walk. – Patty, horticulturist


Cardiocrinum cordatum var. glehnii is a Japanese native lily, and a most impressive plant! From what looks like a clump of skunk cabbage rises a scape with tubular, chartreuse flowers. See it in bloom in the ridge above the waterfall in the Giles Rhododendron Garden. – Dan, horticulturist

Full List

Bibby and Harold Alfond Children’s Garden
Acanthus hungaricus – Bear’s Breeches
Agastache ‘Blue Fortune’ – Giant Hyssop
Agastache foeniculum – Anise-hyssop
Allium ‘Pink Planet’ – Ornamental Onion
Allium sphaerocephalon – Drumstick Allium
Alstroemeria ‘Tangerine Tango’ – Peruvian Lily
Asclepias incarnate – Swamp Milkweed
Asclepias speciosa ‘Davis’ – Showy Milkweed
Astilbe ‘Key West’ – Plume Flower
Buddleja ‘Miss Ruby’ – Butterfly Bush
Campanula persicifolia ‘Telham Beauty’ – Peach-leaved Bellflower
Clematis ‘Nelly Moser’
Clematis ‘Rooguchi’
Clethra alnifolia – Summersweet
Clethra alnifolia ‘September Beauty’ – Summersweet
Clethra barbinervis – Japanese Clethra
Delphinium grandiflorum ‘Dwarf Blue Butterfly’ – Siberian Larkspur
Echinacea Crazy Pink ‘Adam Saul’ Big Sky Series – Crazy Pink Coneflower
Echinacea Ruby Star ‘Rubinstern’ – Ruby Star Purple Coneflower
Echinacea purpurea – Eastern Purple Coneflower
Echinacea purpurea Elton Knight ‘Elbrook’ – Elton Knight Coneflower
Echinacea purpurea ‘Pink Double Delight’ Cone-fections Series – Coneflower
Echinacea purpurea ‘Virgin’ – Coneflower
Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’ – Golden Japanese Forest Grass
Helenium ‘Moerheim Beauty’ – Sneezeweed
Helenium ‘Red Jewel’ – Sneezeweed
Helianthus hirsutus – Hairy Sunflower
Hemerocallis ‘Baja’ – Daylily
Hemerocallis ‘Fairy Tale Pink’ – Daylily
Hemerocallis ‘French Tudor’ – Daylily
Hibiscus syriacus Blue Chiffon ‘Notwoodthree’ – Blue Chiffon Rose-of-Sharon
Hosta ‘Blue Mouse Ears’ Designer Hosta Collection – Plantain Lily
Hydrangea arborescens Incrediball ‘Abetwo’ – Smooth Hydrangea
Hydrangea arborescens Invincibelle Spirit ‘NCHA1’ – Spirit Smooth Hydrangea
Lavandula angustifolia ‘Hidcote’ – English Lavender
Leucanthemum x superbum ‘Becky’ – Shasta Daisy
Ligularia japonica – Japanese Ligularia
Lobelia cardinalis – Cardinal Flower
Lonicera sempervirens ‘Major Wheeler’ – Trumpet Honeysuckle
Rosa Roseberry Blanket ‘KORtwente’ – Roseberry Blanket Rose
Rubus idaeus ‘Nova’ – Raspberry
Rudbeckia fulgida ‘Goldsturm’ – Black-eyed Susan
Syneilesis x hybrida
Syringa Bloomerang Purple ‘Penda’ – Bloomerang Purple Lilac
Thalictrum flavum ssp. glaucum – Meadow-rue
Tritonia disticha Large Form
Vaccinium angustifolium – Lowbush Blueberry
Vaccinium corymbosum ‘Bluetta’ – Highbush Blueberry
Vaccinium corymbosum ‘Chandler’ – Highbush Blueberry
Vaccinium corymbosum ‘Earliblue’ – Highbush Blueberry
Vaccinium ‘Pink Lemonade’ – Pink Blueberry
Veronica ‘Sunny Border Blue’ – Speedwell

Allée
Hydrangea quercifolia – Snow Flake Oak-leaf Hydrangea
Ligularia ‘Bottle Rocket’

The Bosarge Family Education Center
Asclepias incarnate – Swamp Milkweed
Asclepias incarnata ‘Ice Ballet’ – Butterfly Weed
Asclepias speciosa ‘Davis’ – Showy Milkweed
Echinacea purpurea – Eastern Purple Coneflower
Eutrochium fistulosum – Hollow Joe-pye Weed
Helenium hybrida ‘Ruby Tuesday’ – Sneezeweed
Heliopsis ‘Bressingham Doubloon’ – False Sunflower; Ox-eye Daisy
Monarda ‘Judith’s Fancy Fuchsia’ – Bee Balm
Phlox paniculata ‘David’ – Garden Phlox
Rosa Carolina – Carolina Rose
Stokesia laevis ‘Blue Danube’ – Stokes’-aster

Cleaver Event Lawn
Aesculus parviflora – Bottlebrush Buckeye
Allium ‘Millenium’ – Ornamental Onion
Amsonia hubrichtii – Blue Star Amsonia
Astilbe ‘Avalanche’
Astilbe japonica ‘Touch of Pink’
Astilbe thunbergii ‘Straussenfeder’ – Ostrich Plume
Astilbe x arendsii ‘Bressingham Beauty’
Clethra acuminate – Cinnamon Clethra
Coreopsis verticillata ‘Creme Brulee’ – Thread-leaf Coreopsis
Echinacea Ruby Star ‘Rubinstern’ – Ruby Star Purple Coneflower
Echinacea ‘Passion Flute’ – Coneflower
Echinacea purpurea ‘White Swan’ – Coneflower
Eutrochium dubium ‘Little Joe’ – Coastal Plain Joe-pyeweed
Geranium Rozanne ‘Gerwat’ – Rozanne Cranesbill
Geranium ‘Pink Penny’ – Cranesbill
Geranium ‘Sue Crug’ – Cranesbill
Hemerocallis ‘Gordon Biggs’ – Daylily
Hemerocallis ‘Ice Carnival’ – Daylily
Hemerocallis ‘Strutter’s Ball’ Designer Daylily Collection – Daylily
Hosta ‘Empress Wu’
Hosta ‘Stained Glass’ – Plantain Lily
Hydrangea paniculata Sweet Summer ‘Bokrathirteen’ – Sweet Summer Panicle Hydrangea
Liatris spicata Floristan White ‘Floristan Weiss’ – White Gay-feather
Ligularia japonica – Japanese Ligularia
Perovskia atriplicifolia ‘Little Spire’ – Russian Sage
Phlox paniculata ‘Danielle’ – Garden Phlox
Phlox paniculata ‘David’ – Garden Phlox
Phlox paniculata ‘Franz Schubert’ – Garden Phlox
Phytolacca americana ‘Silberstein’ – Pokeweed
Solidago Little Lemon ‘Dansolitlem’ – Little Lemon Goldenrod
Stachys byzantina ‘Helen Von Stein’ – Lamb’s-ears
Stenanthium gramineum forma robustum – Eastern Featherbells
Thalictrum delavayi var. acuminatum – Meadow-rue (MD97110 Seedling)
Thalictrum rochebruneanum – Meadow Rue
Vaccinium angustifolium – Lowbush Blueberry
Verbascum ‘Christo’s Yellow Lightning’ – Mullein
Verbascum phoeniceum ‘Flush of White’ – Purple Mullein

Entry Walk Garden
Aesculus parviflora – Bottlebrush Buckeye
Agastache ‘Blue Fortune’ – Giant Hyssop
Alstroemeria ‘Sweet Laura’ – Peruvian Lily
Astilbe ‘Moerheim Glory’
Astilbe simplicifolia ‘Pink Lightning’ – False Spiraea
Calycanthus ‘Aphrodite’ – Sweetshrub
Calycanthus x raulstonii ‘Hartlage Wine’ – Sweetshrub
Daphne x transatlantica Eternal Fragrance ‘BLAFRA’ – Eternal Fragrance Daphne
Geranium Rozanne ‘Gerwat’ – Rozanne Cranesbill
Hosta ‘Honeybells’
Hosta ‘Paul’s Glory’
Lavandula x intermedia ‘Phenomenal’ – Lavandin
Potentilla fruticosa ‘Pink Beauty’
Stachys officinalis ‘Hummelo’ – Betony
Vaccinium angustifolium – Lowbush Blueberry

Founder’s Grove
Vaccinium angustifolium – Lowbush Blueberry

The Giles Rhododendron Garden
Allium macranthum
Allium ‘Millenium’ – Ornamental Onion
Astilbe ‘Avalanche’
Astilbe chinensis ‘Veronica Klose’
Astilbe ‘Deutschland’ – False Spiraea
Astilbe japonica ‘Touch of Pink’
Astilbe simplicifolia ‘Hennie Graafland’
Astilbe thunbergii ‘Straussenfeder’ – Ostrich Plume
Astilbe x arendsii ‘Weisse Gloria’
Dicentra ‘Burning Hearts’ – Bleeding-heart
Hosta (Tardiana Group) ‘Hadspen Blue’ – Plantain Lily
Hosta ‘Blue Mouse Ears’ Designer Hosta Collection – Plantain Lily
Hosta ‘Empress Wu’
Hosta ‘Grand Marquee’ – Plantain Lily
Hosta ‘Katherine Lewis’
Hosta ‘Morning Light’
Hosta ‘Paul’s Glory’
Hosta ‘Sagae’ – Plantain Lily
Hosta ‘Sun Power’
Hosta ‘Whirlwind’ – Plantain Lily
Hydrangea arborescens ‘A. G. Annabelle’ – Smooth Hydrangea
Lobelia cardinalis – Cardinal Flower
Rosa virginiana – Virginia Rose
Vaccinium angustifolium – Lowbush Blueberry

The Great Lawn
Echinacea hybrida ‘Hot Papaya’ Cone-fections Series – Coneflower
Helenium hybrida Mardi Gras ‘Helbro’ – Mardi Gras Sneezeweed
Aesculus parviflora – Bottlebrush Buckeye
Anthemis ‘Susanna Mitchell’ – Marguerite Daisy
Callirhoe involucrate – Purple Poppy-mallow
Echinacea Salsa Red ‘Balsomsed’ Sombrero Series – Salsa Red Coneflower
Echinacea Sandy Yellow ‘Balsomselo’ Sombrero Series – Sandy Yellow Coneflower
Echinacea Sundown ‘Evan Saul’ Big Sky Series – Sundown Coneflower
Echinacea hybrida ‘Hot Papaya’ Cone-fections Series – Coneflower
Echinacea purpurea ‘Kim’s Knee High’ – Coneflower
Echinacea purpurea ‘Pica Bella’ – Purple Coneflower
Echinacea purpurea ‘White Swan’ – Coneflower
Echinacea x hybrida Hot Coral ‘Balsomcor’ Sombrero Series – Hot Coral Echinacea
Eutrochium maculatum ‘Gateway’ – Spotted Joe-pyeweed
Filipendula rubra ‘Venusta’ – Queen-of-the-prairie
Geranium Rozanne ‘Gerwat’ – Rozanne Cranesbill
Heliopsis helianthoides var. scabra Summer Sun ‘Sommersonne’ – False Sunflower
Hemerocallis ‘Hyperion’ – Daylily
Lupinus ‘The Chatelaine’ Band of Nobles Series – (Russell Hybrid) Lupine
Perovskia atriplicifolia – Russian Sage
Physostegia virginiana ‘Alba’ – Obedient Plant
Rudbeckia maxima – Giant Coneflower
Salvia verticillata ‘Purple Rain’ – Lilac Sage
Veronicastrum virginicum ‘Fascination’ – Culver’s Root
Anemone x hybrida ‘September Charm’ – Japanese Anemone
Asclepias tuberosa – Butterfly Weed
Coreopsis ‘Red Satin’ Permathread Series – Thread-leaf Coreopsis
Coreopsis ‘Route 66’ – Thread-leaf Coreopsis
Geum ‘Mai Tai’ Cocktail Series – Avens
Silphium perfoliatum – Cup Plant
Thalictrum rochebruneanum – Meadow Rue
Vitex agnus-castus ‘Shoal Creek’ – Chaste-tree

The Haney Hillside Garden
Aralia racemosa – Spikenard
Echinacea purpurea ‘White Swan’ – Coneflower
Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ – Sunflower
Lobelia cardinalis – Cardinal Flower
Sempervivum ‘Purple Beauty’ – Hens and Chicks
Stewartia pseudocamellia – Japanese Stewartia
Vaccinium corymbosum ‘Jersey’ – Highbush Blueberry
Vaccinium corymbosum ‘Rubel’ – Highbush Blueberry

The Lerner Garden of the Five Senses
Achillea ‘Moonshine’ – Yarrow
Allium ‘Mt. Sinai’ – Chives
Clematis addisonii – Addison Leather-flower
Delphinium ‘Pagan Purples’ New Millenium Series – Larkspur
Echinacea Sandy Yellow ‘Balsomselo’ Sombrero Series – Sandy Yellow Coneflower
Echinacea purpurea ‘Fragrant Angel’ – Coneflower
Eryngium planum ‘Tiny Jackpot’ – Sea Holly
Gentiana ‘True Blue’ – Gentian
Geranium ‘Pink Penny’ – Cranesbill
Hemerocallis ‘Joan Senior’ – Daylily
Hemerocallis ‘Spider Miracle’ – Daylily
Hemerocallis ‘Strawberry Candy’ – Daylily
Hydrangea paniculata ‘Dharuma’ – Panicle Hydrangea
Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Sike’s Dwarf’ – Oak-leaf Hydrangea
Iris ensata ‘Oregon Marmalade’ – Japanese Iris
Lavandula x intermedia ‘Phenomenal’ – Lavandin
Leucanthemum x superbum ‘Becky’ – Shasta Daisy
Liatris spicata ‘Floristan Violet’ – Gay-feather
Liatris spicata ‘Kobold’ – Gay-feather
Lilium ‘Golden Stargazer’ – Orienpet Lily
Lilium ‘Star Gazer’ – Oriental Lily
Marchantia polymorpha – Liverwort
Melanthium virginicum – Bunchflower
Monarda ‘Prarienacht’ – Prairie Night Bee Balm
Monarda ‘Claire Grace’ – Bee Balm
Phlox paniculata ‘Danielle’ – Garden Phlox
Pycnanthemum pilosum – Hairy Mountain-mint
Rosa (Garden Art Group) Yellow Submarine Easy Elegance ‘BAIine’ – Rose
Rosa (Lifestyle Garden Group) All the Rage Easy Elegance ‘BAIrage’ – Rose
Rosa ‘Nearly Wild’ – Floribunda Rose
Rosa ‘RADcor’ – Rainbow Knock Out Shrub Rose
Rudbeckia fulgida ‘Goldsturm’ – Black-eyed Susan
Sedum rupestre ‘Angelina’ – Stonecrop
Thalictrum rochebruneanum – Meadow Rue
Vaccinium macrocarpon – American Cranberry
Vaccinium ‘Sunshine Blue’ – Highbush Blueberry
Vitis labrusca ‘Concord’ – Seedless Grape

Norweb Entrance Garden
Acer pseudosieboldianum – Korean Maple
Cephalanthus occidentalis – Buttonbush
Lupinus ‘Noble Maiden’ Band of Nobles Series – (Russell Hybrid) Lupine

The Rose and Perennial Garden
Achillea ‘Coronation Gold’ – Yarrow
Aconitum napellus ssp. vulgare ‘Carneum’ – Monkshood
Actaea racemose – Black Snakeroot
Agapanthus ‘Cally Hardy Mix’ – African Lily
Agastache ‘Blue Blazes’ – Hummingbird-mint
Agastache cana ‘Rosita’ – Hummingbird-mint
Agastache ‘Desert Solstice’ – Hummingbird-mint
Agastache rupestris – Threadleaf Giant Hyssop
Allium sphaerocephalon – Drumstick Allium
Angelica gigas
Astilbe chinensis var. taquetii ‘Superba’
Calycanthus ‘Aphrodite’ – Sweetshrub
Clematis ‘Comtesse de Bouchaud’
Clematis ‘Multi Blue’
Delosperma Violet Wonder ‘Wowdrw5’ Wheels of Wonder Series – Ice Plant
Delphinium elatum ‘Blue Lace’ New Millenium Delphiniums – Larkspur
Diervilla sessifolia Cool Splash ‘LPDC Podaras’ First Editions Collection – Southern Bush Honeysuckle
Echinacea hybrida ‘Hot Papaya’ Cone-fections Series – Coneflower
Echinacea purpurea ‘Magnus’ – Purple Coneflower
Echinacea purpurea ‘Virgin’ – Coneflower
Eryngium planum ‘Blue Glitter’ – Blue Eryngo
Eryngium planum ‘Blue Hobbit’ – Sea Holly
Eryngium x zabelli ‘Big Blue’ – Sea Holly
Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ – Sunflower
Hemerocallis citrina – Daylily
Hosta ‘Francee’
Hosta ‘Krossa Regal’
Hosta ‘Patriot’
Hypericum densiflorum – Shrubby St. John’s Wort
Hyssopus officinalis ‘Blue’ – Blue Hyssop
Lavandula angustifolia ‘Hidcote’ – English Lavender
Liatris spicata Floristan White ‘Floristan Weiss’ – White Gay-feather
Liatris spicata ‘Kobold’ – Gay-feather
Ligularia ‘Bottle Rocket’
Lonicera sempervirens ‘Superba’ – Trumpet Honeysuckle
Origanum ‘Rosenkuppel’ – Ornamental Oregano
Paeonia lactiflora ‘Doreen’ – Common Garden Peony
Perovskia atriplicifolia – Russian Sage
Perovskia ‘Filigran’ – Russian Sage
Rosa Black Forest ‘KORschwill’ – Black Forest Floribunda Rose
Rosa Bonica ‘Meidomonac’ – Bonica Rose
Rosa Larissa ‘KORbaspro’ – Larissa Shrub Rose
Rosa Roxy ‘KORsineo’ Vigorosa Collection – Roxy Shrub Rose
Rosa ‘New Dawn’
Rosa ‘Prairie Joy’ Parkland Series – Parkland Rose
Rudbeckia ‘Herbstsonne’ – Autumn Sun Coneflower
Sempervivum ‘Red Beauty’ – Hens and Chicks
Spiraea japonica ‘Anthony Waterer’
Verbascum olympicum – Olympic Mullein
Verbena bonariensis – Purple-top Vervain

Slater Forest Pond and Stream
Gentiana dahurica – Gentian
Ligularia ‘The Rocket’ – Golden-ray
Lobelia siphilitica – Great Blue Lobelia
Nymphaea ‘Attraction’ – Water Lily
Vaccinium angustifolium – Lowbush Blueberry
Hemerocallis ‘Hush Little Baby’ – Daylily
Campanula ‘Kent Belle’ – Bellflower
Hydrangea paniculata Quick Fire ‘Bulk’ – Quick Fire Panicle Hydrangea

Burpee Kitchen Garden and Terrace
Aconitum ‘Spark’s Variety’ – Monkshood
Coreopsis ‘Route 66’ – Thread-leaf Coreopsis
Echinacea ‘Milkshake’ Cone-fections Series – Coneflower
Geranium ‘Jolly Bee’ – Cranesbill
Hemerocallis citrina ‘Yao Ming’ – Daylily
Heuchera villosa ‘Brownies’ – Coral Bells
Hydrangea arborescens ‘A. G. Annabelle’ – Smooth Hydrangea
Liatris ligulistylis – Blazing Star
Potentilla fruticosa ‘Katherine Dykes’ – Shrubby Cinquefoil
Potentilla fruticosa ‘Primrose Beauty’ – Shrubby Cinquefoil
Veratrum nigrum – Black False Hellebore

Visitor Center
Clethra alnifolia ‘Sixteen Candles’ – Summersweet
Hosta ‘Allan P. McConnell’
Hosta ‘Diana Remembered’
Magnolia virginiana – Sweet Bay

The Woodland Garden
Actaea racemose – Black Snakeroot
Galax urceolata – Wand-flower
Hosta ‘Lakeside Shore Master’
Hydrangea paniculata ‘Kyushu’ – Panicle Hydrangea
Tricyrtis formosana ‘Autumn Glow’ – Toad Lily