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What’s in Bloom This Week – May 25, 2016

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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

Sisyrinchium angustifolium 'Lucerne'
Sisyrinchium angustifolium ‘Lucerne’ likes a moist, open woodland setting. Look for this tiny beauty in the Alfond Children’s Garden. – Jen, horticulturist


This variegated Solomon’s-seal, Polygonatum x hybridum ‘Striatum,’ has a lovely white margin to the leaves and burgundy-reddish stem. I chose this plant to tie in with the red-stemmed lady fern behind it and to brighten up an area in the Woodland Garden that does not get a ton of sun. – Sharmon, horticulturist

Cypripedium 'Gisela'
A stunning Cypripedium, or lady’s slipper, in the Woodland Garden. This one, called Gisela, is an earlier bloomer. – Sharmon, horticulturist

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There are some incredible lilac (Syringa vulgaris ‘Charles Joly’) coming into bloom around the Kitchen Garden terrace with juicy, juicy purple blooms. – Diane, horticulturist

Full Bloom List

Birch Allee
Helleborus niger ‘Walhelivor’ – Ivory Prince Lenten Rose
Helleborus x hybridus ‘Kingston Cardinal’ – Lenten Rose
Iris odaesanensis
Paeonia mairei – Peony
Pulmonaria ‘British Sterling’ – Lungwort

Burpee Kitchen Garden and Terrace
Fritillaria meleagris – Checkered-lily; Snake’s-head Fritillary; Guinea Hen Fritillary
Aurinia saxatalis ‘Sulphurea’ – Basket-of-gold
Euphorbia epithymoides – Cushion Spurge
Malus ‘Spring Snow’ – Flowering Crabapple
Prunus ‘Snow Fountains’ – Weeping Cherry
Pulmonaria ‘Majeste’ – Lungwort

Alfond Children’s Garden
Acer rubrum ‘Shocking Gold’ – Red Maple
Acer tegmentosum ‘Joe Witt’ – Manchurian Snakebark Maple
Amelanchier alnifolia ‘Regent’ – Saskatoon
Amelanchier nantucketensis – Nantucket Shadbush
Amsonia rigida – Stiff Blue Star
Benthamidia florida ‘Appalachian Spring’ – Flowering Dogwood
Brunnera macrophylla ‘Hadspen Cream’ – Siberian Bugloss
Brunnera macrophylla ‘Silver Wings’ – Siberian Bugloss
Cercis canadensis – Redbud (Minnesota Strain)
Corylopsis glabrescens ‘Longwood Chimes’ – Fragrant Winter Hazel
Corylopsis pauciflora – Buttercup Winter Hazel
Epimedium ‘Pink Champagne’ – Barrenwort
Epimedium ‘Spritzer’ – Barrenwort
Erythronium ‘Pagoda’ – Trout Lily
Erythronium revolutum – Pink Fawn-lily
Fritillaria imperialis ‘Rubra Maxima’ – Crown Imperial
Helleborus x hybridus ‘Blue Metallic Lady’ – Lenten Rose
Helleborus x hybridus ‘Candy Love’ – Lenten Rose
Helleborus x hybridus ‘Double Lady Mix’ – Lenten Rose
Helleborus x hybridus ‘Gold Finch’ – Lenten Rose
Helonias bullata – Swamp Pink
Iris reticulata – Reticulated Iris; Winter Iris; Early Bulbous Iris; Netted Iris
Lamprocapnos spectabilis – Bleediing-heart
Larix decidua ‘Horstmann Recurved’ – Contorted European Larch
Lathyrus vernus ‘Alboroseus’ – Spring Pea
Lonicera caerulea var. edulis ‘Berry Blue’ – Honeyberry
Magnolia ‘Anticipation’
Magnolia sprengeri ‘Diva’
Muscari latifolium – Grape Hyacinth
Muscari macrocarpum ‘Golden Fragrance’ – Grape Hyacinth
Narcissus ‘Merlin’ Small-cupped Group – Small-cupped Daffodil
Paeonia tenuifolia ssp. lithophila – Fern Leaf Peony
Podophyllum hexandrum ‘Majus’ – Himalayan Mayapple
Podophyllum peltatum ‘Missouri May’ – Mayapple
Primula kisoana – Primrose
Pulmonaria ‘Raspberry Splash’ – Lungwort
Rhododendron ‘Blue Baron’
Sibbaldiopsis tridentata – Three-toothed Cinquefoil
Trillium cuneatum – Little Sweet Betsy
Trillium flexipes – Nodding Wakerobin
Trillium pusillum ‘Roadrunner’
Trillium stamineum – Twisted Trillium
Trillium sulcatum – Southern Red Trillium
Trillium vaseyi – Sweet Beth
Tulipa (Kaufmanniana Group) ‘Scarlet Baby’ – Kaufmanniana Tulip
Tulipa linifolia Species Group – Flax-leaved Tulip
Tulipa saxatilis Species Group – Candia Tulip
Vaccinium angustifolium – Lowbush Blueberry
Vaccinium corymbosum ‘Bluetta’ – Highbush Blueberry

Bosarge Family Education Center
Amelanchier x grandiflora ‘Autumn Brilliance’ – Apple Serviceberry
Amelanchier x grandiflora ‘Cole’s Select’ – Serviceberry
Cercis canadensis – Redbud (Minnesota Strain)
Cymophyllus fraserianus – Fraser’s Sedge
Gaylussacia brachycera – Box-huckleberry
Geranium maculatum – Spotted Cranesbill
Rosa carolina – Carolina Rose
Sanguinaria canadensis – Bloodroot
Trillium cuneatum Deep yellow-green – Little Sweet Betsy
Uvularia grandiflora – Bellwort

Entry Walk
Arctostaphylos uva-ursi ‘Massachusetts’ – Bearberry
Chaenomeles speciosa ‘Cameo’ – Flowering Quince
Erica carnea ‘December Red’ – Scotch Heath
Narcissus ‘Sunny Girlfriend’ Split-cupped Collar Group – Split-cupped Collar Daffodil
Saruma henryi – Upright Wild Ginger
Vaccinium angustifolium – Lowbush Blueberry
Viburnum carlesii – Korean Spice Viburnum

Cleaver Event Lawn
Amsonia tabernaemontana ‘Montana’ – Blue Star
Hyacinthoides hispanica – Spanish Bluebell Mixture
Magnolia x loebneri ‘Ballerina’
Narcissus ‘Double Smiles’ Double Group – Double Daffodil
Narcissus ‘Kokopelli’ Jonquilla Group – Jonquilla Daffodil
Pulmonaria ‘Silver Shimmers’ – Lungwort
Uvularia grandiflora – Bellwort
Vaccinium angustifolium – Lowbush Blueberry

Slater Forest Pond and Stream
Caltha palustris – Marsh Marigold
Epimedium grandiflorum (White Selection) – Barrenwort
Epimedium grandiflorum ‘Queen Esta’ – Barrenwort
Epimedium grandiflorum ‘Saxton’s Purple’ – Barrenwort
Helleborus – Brandywine Lenten Rose
Narcissus ‘Sun Disc’ Jonquilla Group – Jonquilla Daffodil
Orixa japonica ‘Pearl Frost’ – Japanese Orixa
Vaccinium angustifolium – Lowbush Blueberry
Cornus mas ‘Golden Glory’ – Cornelian Cherry Dogwood
Euphorbia epithymoides – Cushion Spurge
Leucojum aestivum ‘Gravetye Giant’ – Summer Snowflake
Narcissus ‘Double Smiles’ Double Group – Double Daffodil

Founders Grove
Vaccinium angustifolium – Lowbush Blueberry

Great Lawn
Narcissus Perennializing Premium Mix – Perennializing Premium Daffodil Mix
Narcissus ‘Actaea’ – Poeticus Daffodil
Phlox stolonifera ‘Blue Ridge’ – Creeping Phlox

Haney Hillside
Amelanchier laevis – Allegheny Serviceberry
Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’ – Siberian Bugloss
Corydalis lutea – Fumewort
Dicentra eximia – Bleeding-heart
Lindera benzoin – Spicebush
Magnolia ‘Yellow Lantern’
Mertensia virginica – Virginia Bluebells
Kalmia latifolia ‘Heart’s Desire’ – Mountain Laurel
Fothergilla gardenii ‘Harold Epstein’ – Dwarf Fothergilla
Pieris floribunda – Mountain Fetterbush
Chamaedaphne calyculata ‘Tiny Tom’ – Leatherleaf
Rhododendron canadense – Rhodora
Vaccinium corymbosum – Highbush Blueberry
Dicentra ‘King of Hearts’ – Bleeding-heart
Magnolia ‘Butterflies’
Narcissus ‘Rijnveld’s Early Sensation’ Trumpet Group – Trumpet Daffodil
Narcissus ‘W.P. Milner’ Trumpet Group – Trumpet Daffodil
Sambucus racemosa ssp. pubens – American Red Elder
Vaccinium corymbosum ‘Rubel’ – Highbush Blueberry
Viburnum lantanoides – Hobblebush

Vayo Meditation Garden
Carex siderosticta ‘Golden Falls’ – Broadleaf Sedge
Epimedium ‘Fire Dragon’ – Barrenwort
Epimedium grandiflorum forma flavescens ‘Chocolate Lace’ – Barrenwort
Epimedium grandiflorum ‘Pseudo-Larchmont’ – Barrenwort
Epimedium grandiflorum ‘Red Queen’ – Barrenwort
Helleborus argutifolius – Corsican Hellebore
Helleborus Heronswood Double Dark – Heronswood Double Dark Lenten Rose
Helleborus Heronswood Double Pink – Heronswood Double Pink
Helleborus Heronswood Pink – Heronswood Pink
Helleborus x nigercors (Helleborus Gold Collection Group)’COSEH 830′ – HGC Ice Breaker Prelude Lenten Rose
Hydrastis canadensis – Goldenseal
Mukdenia rossii [Crimson Fans] ‘Karasabu’ – Crimson Fans Mukdenia
Pachysandra terminalis – Japanese Spurge
Rhododendron schlippenbachii – Royal Azalea

Giles Rhododendron Garden
Rhododendron ‘Elvira’

Rose & Perennial Garden
Anemone blanda ‘Blue Shades’ – Windflower; Grecian Windflower; Balkan Anemone
Arctostaphylos uva-ursi ‘Massachusetts’ – Bearberry
Aurinia saxatalis ‘Compacta’ – Basket-of-gold
Cercis canadensis [Lavender Twist] = ‘Covey’ – Eastern Redbud
Chaenomeles speciosa ‘Scarlet Storm’ Double Take Series – Flowering Quince
Euphorbia epithymoides ‘First Blush’ – Cushion Spurge
Fritillaria imperialis ‘Maxima Lutea’ – Crown Imperial
Geum rivale ‘Flames of Passion’ – Avens
Muscari latifolium – Grape Hyacinth
Narcissus ‘Thalia’ Triandrus Group – Triandrus Daffodil
Nepeta ‘Early Bird’ – Catmint
Primula ‘Jay-Jay’ – Primrose
Pulsatilla vulgaris – Pasque Flower
Sanguinaria canadensis – Bloodroot
Spiraea thunbergii [Mellow Yellow] = ‘Ogon’ – Mellow Yellow Spiraea
Tulipa (Kaufmanniana Group) ‘Ancilla’ – Kaufmanniana Tulip

Lerner Garden of the Five Senses
Cardamine pentaphylla – Showy Toothwort
Darmera peltata – Umbrella Plant
Dicentra cucullaria – Dutchman’s-breeches
Epimedium ‘Amber Queen’ – Barrenwort
Epimedium grandiflorum ‘Circe’ – Barrenwort
Epimedium grandiflorum var. higoense ‘Bandit’ – Barrenwort
Epimedium ‘Lemon Zest’ – Barrenwort
Epimedium x versicolor ‘Cherry Tart’ – Bicolor Barrenwort
Epimedium ‘Yokihi’ – Barrenwort
Fritillaria meleagris – Checkered-lily; Snake’s-head Fritillary; Guinea Hen Fritillary
Glaucidium palmatum – Japanese Wood Poppy
Helleborus x hybridus ‘White Lady Spotted’ – Lenten Rose
Lamprocapnos spectabilis ‘Valentine’ – Bleeding-heart
Lysichiton camtschatcensis – Asian Skunk Cabbage
Mertensia virginica – Virginia Bluebells
Phlox stolonifera ‘Blue Ridge’ – Creeping Phlox
Phlox stolonifera ‘Sherwood Purple’ – Creeping Phlox
Pieris floribunda – Mountain Fetterbush
Pulmonaria ‘Majeste’ – Lungwort
Pulmonaria ‘Raspberry Splash’ – Lungwort
Pulsatilla vulgaris ‘Rote Glocke’ – Pasque Flower
Thymus serpyllum ‘Pink Chintz’ – Wild Thyme
Viburnum carlesii – Korean Spice Viburnum

Woodland Garden
Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’ – Siberian Bugloss
Cardamine trifolia
Epimedium ‘Chocolatte’ – Barrenwort
Epimedium franchetii
Epimedium grandiflorum ‘Sirius’ – Barrenwort
Epimedium grandiflorum ‘Spring Wedding’ – Barrenwort
Epimedium lishihchenii ‘Golden Earrings’ – Fairy Wings
Epimedium sempervirens ‘Candy Hearts’
Geranium phaeum ‘Samobor’ – Mourning Widow Cranesbill
Helleborus ‘Grand Burgundy’ – Lenten Rose
Helleborus niger ‘Walhelivor’ – Ivory Prince Lenten Rose
Helleborus x hybridus ‘Bridal Queen’ – Lenten Rose
Jeffersonia diphylla – Twin-leaf
Rhododendron ‘April Snow’
Tiarella ‘Candy Striper’ – Foamflower