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What’s in Bloom This Week

Lerner Garden and Forest Pond:
Daphne ‘Carol Mackie’
Thymus ‘Pink Chinz’ — Wild Thyme
Dodecatheon clevelandii – Shooting Star
Dianthus gratianopolitanus ‘Fire Witch’ — Cheddar Pink
Paeonia rockii – Snow Lotus Tree Peony
Rodgersia pinnata ‘Chocolate Wings’ — Rodger’s Flower

Great Lawn:
Annuals: Snapdragon mix around fish, pansies and Johnny-Jump-Ups in Founders Grove, planters, and Great Lawn bed.
Enkianthus campanulatus ‘Albiflorus’ near entrance
Nepeta x faassenii ‘Walker’s Low’ just beginning
Baptisias ‘Purple Smoke,’ ‘Blueberry Sundae,’ and ‘Cherries Jubilee’ just beginning
Viburnum prunifolium
Rheum palmatum var. tanguticum ‘Red Selection’
Lupines just beginning behind stone bench! ‘Gallery Pink’ and ‘Woodfield Hybrids’

Rose and Perennial Garden:
Amsonia ‘Blue Star’
Rosa spinosissima
Delphinium ‘Butterfly Blue Dwarf’
Cerastium tomentosum ‘Yo Yo’
Achillea ‘Coronation Gold’ (but seems to have reverted to white!)
Papaver orientale ‘Royal Wedding’
Centaurea montana ‘Black Sprite’ (very cool cultivar!)
Syringas ‘Baildust’ and ‘Bailbelle’ are at peak
Cotinus coggygria ‘Royal Purple’
Rosa rugosas just starting to bloom
Allium ‘Purple Caila’
Spirea x vanhouttei ‘Renaissance’ is in full splendor

Norweb Entrance Garden:
Lupinus ‘Noble Maiden’
Rhododendron ‘Boule de Neige’
Chamaepericlymenum canadense

Woodland Garden:
Epimedium ‘Dancing Stars’
Benthamidia japonica ‘Madison’ and ‘Square Dance’
Polygonatum odoratum var.
Anemone sylvestris
Polygonatum x hybridum ‘Weihenstephan’ and ‘Valerie’s Song’
Geranium ‘Biokova,’ ‘Samobar’ and ‘Sue Crug’
Cypripedium Gisela
Cypripedium parviflorum var. pubescens
Aquilegia ‘Origami White’
Astrantia major ‘Star of Beauty’
Iris x robusta ‘Gerald Darby’

Haney Hillside:
Gillenia trifoliata – Bowman’s Root
Dicentra – Bleeding Heart
Amsonia hubrichtii – Blue Star Amsonia
Rhododendron atlanticum – Coast Azalea
Lupinus perennis – Wild Lupine
Iris versicolor – Northern Blue Flag Iris
Polygonatum biflorum – Small Solomon seal

Vayo Meditation Garden:
Iris gracilipes ‘Buko Form’
Iris gracilipes ‘Cobblewood Charm’
Ajuga reptans ‘Alfredda’ – Chocolate Chip Bugleweed
Enkianthus cernus forma rubens

Alfond Children’s Garden
Geranium maculatum ‘Espresso’
Paeonia ostii – Tree Peony
Lamprocapnos spectabilis – Bleeding Heart
Chiastophyllum oppositifolium – Lamb’s Tail
Lewisia ‘Little Plum’- Cliff Maids

Giles Rhododendron Garden
Rhodies in that distant yet stunning Garden are still full of bloom!
Cultivars showing off include (many new since last week):
‘Anna H. Hall’
‘Bali’
‘Cheer’
‘Chionides’
‘English Roseum’
‘Fantastica’
‘Henry’s Red ‘ (amazing color!!!)
‘Hong Kong’
‘Kalinka’
‘Klondyke’
‘Lee’s Dark Purple’
‘Trinidad’
‘Yaku White’

kiusianum
kiusianum ‘Alba’
‘Catawbiense Album’
‘Fastuosum Flore Pleno’
‘Purpureum Elegans’

Deutzia gracilis ‘Nikko’
Geranium macrorrhizum ‘Bevan’s Variety’
Veronica ‘Waterperry Blue’
Viburnum plicatum var. tomentosum ‘Mariesii’

Education Center:
Iris versicolor
Sorbus decora

Entrance Walk:
Viburnum plicatum var. tomentosum
Calycanthus x raulstonii ‘Hartlage Wine’
Calycanthus floridus
Fothergilla gardenii ‘Mt. Airy’

– Rodney Eason
Director of Horticulture and Plant Curator Coastal Maine Botanical Garden