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What’s in Bloom – May 26, 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’

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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