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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

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

Solomon's seal Polygonatum x hybridum 'Striatum'
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

Syringa vulgaris 'Charles Joly' DSC_4015
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

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

Iris odaesanensis
These adorable iris (Iris odaesanensis) are located along Birch Allee just outside the Children’s Garden. – Jen, horticulturist

Polemonium reptans 'Stairway to Heaven' Variegated Jacob's Ladder
The emerging foliage of Polemonium reptans ‘Stairway to Heaven’ (Variegated Jacob’s Ladder) in the Cleaver Event Lawn is beyond beautiful. – Syretha, horticulturist

Narcissus 'Thalia' Triandrus Daffodil
Narcissus ‘Thalia’ (Triandrus Daffodil) is a beautiful late-blooming variety with two or three flowers per stem. The pure white cups tilt down slightly, given it a serene posture. Come see them in the Perennial and Rose Garden before they fade! – Syretha, horticulturist

Uvularia grandiflora
Uvularia grandiflora (Bellwort) is showing vibrant yellow color in the Bosarge Family Education Center gardens! – Dan, horticulturist

Epimedium 'Spring Wedding'
It is difficult to decide amongst all the unbelievable Epimediums. This one in the Woodland Garden is ‘Spring Wedding’- love that burgundy leaf margin! – Sharmon, horticulturist

Complete list of all blooming and growing plants in the gardens to follow.

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

5-2 Fritillaria meleagris - Checkered-lily
The Fritillaria meleagris in the Burpee Kitchen Garden is a neat diminutive member of the Frittilaria family. Commonly called Snake’s Head or Frog-cup Guinea Hen Flower. – Diane, horticulturist

5-5 Syneilesis x hybrida
Syneilesis x hybrida is emerging near the Treehouse in the Bibby and Harold Alfond Children’s Garden. This Asian native is glistening after this week’s rain with its fuzzy and silvery new foliage. Hardy to zone 6, it is right at home at our coastal location. – Jen, horticulturist

5-5 Mukdenia rossii ‘Karasuba’
In early spring the new growth of Mukdenia rossii ‘Karasuba’ emerges reddish bronze and then fades to green in summer. In late spring short stalks of white flowers that fade to pale pink are mixed with the bronzy new growth. This beautiful plant is tucked up near the top of the Vayo Mediation Garden. – Patty, horticulturist

Rhododendron mucronularum 'Cornell Pink' Azalea
Don’t miss the ‘Cornell Pink’ Azalea (Rhododendron mucronularum) this week – it’s the first blooming rhododendron in the Giles Rhododendron Garden! – Dan, horticulturist

What’s in Bloom:

Norweb Entrance Garden
Erythronium ‘Pagoda’ – Trout Lily

Entry Walk Garden
Erica carnea ‘December Red’ – Scotch Heath
Narcissus ‘Sunny Girlfriend’ – Split-cupped Collar Daffodil
Saruma henryi – Upright Wild Ginger

Great Lawn and Visitor Center Gardens
Narcissus Perennializing Premium Mix – Daffodil Mix
Narcissus ‘Actaea’ – Poeticus Daffodil
Astilbe x arendsii ‘Bridal Veil’

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Lerner Garden of the Five Senses
Cardamine pentaphylla – Showy Toothwort
Chionodoxa luciliae – Glory-of-the-snow
Dicentra cucullaria – Dutchman’s-breeches
Epimedium epsteinii – Barrenwort
Fritillaria meleagris – Checkered-lily; Snake’s-head Fritillary; Guinea Hen Fritillary
Helleborus x hybridus ‘White Lady Spotted’ – Lenten Rose
Jeffersonia diphylla – Twin-leaf
Jeffersonia dubia – Twin-leaf
Mertensia virginica – Virginia Bluebells
Pachysandra procumbens – Allegheny Pachysandra
Pieris floribunda – Mountain Fetterbush
Pulmonaria ‘Majeste’ – Lungwort
Pulmonaria ‘Raspberry Splash’ – Lungwort

Rose & Perennial Arbor Garden
Anemone blanda ‘Blue Shades’ – Windflower; Lily-of-the-field
Fritillaria imperialis ‘Maxima Lutea’ – Crown Imperial
Hyacinthus ‘Crave the Waves’ – Crave the Waves Hyancinth Mix
Muscari latifolium – Grape Hyacinth
Narcissus ‘Delibes’ – Large-cupped Daffodil
Narcissus ‘Thalia’ – Triandrus Daffodil
Sanguinaria canadensis Bloodroot
Tulipa ‘Ancilla’ – Kaufmanniana Tulip

Event Lawn and Woodland Garden
Erythronium ‘Pagoda’ – Trout Lily
Jeffersonia diphylla – Twin-leaf
Magnolia x loebneri ‘Ballerina’
Narcissus ‘Billy Graham’ – Large-cupped Daffodil
Narcissus ‘Double Smiles’ – Double Daffodil
Narcissus ‘Kokopelli’ – Jonquilla Daffodil
Pulmonaria ‘Silver Shimmers’ – Lungwort
Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’ – Siberian Bugloss
Cardamine trifolia
Chionodoxa luciliae – Glory-of-the-snow
Epimedium ‘Chocolatte’ – Barrenwort
Epimedium franchetii
Helleborus ‘Grand Burgundy’ – Lenten Rose
Helleborus x hybridus ‘Bridal Queen’ – Lenten Rose
Jeffersonia diphylla – Twin-leaf

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Slater Forest Pond and Stream
Caltha palustris – Marsh Marigold
Chionodoxa forbesii ‘Blue Giant’ – Glory-of-the-snow
Helleborus ‘Brandywine’ – Brandywine Lenten Rose
Leucojum aestivum ‘Gravetye Giant’ – Summer Snowflake
Narcissus ‘Double Smiles’ – Double Daffodil
Veronica whitleyi – Whitley’s Speedwell

Burpee Kitchen Garden & Terrance Gardens
Fritillaria meleagris – Checkered-lily; Snake’s-head Fritillary; Guinea Hen Fritillary
Euphorbia epithymoides – Cushion Spurge
Prunus ‘Snow Fountains’ – Weeping Cherry
Pulmonaria ‘Majeste’ – Lungwort
Tulipa ‘Ancilla’ – Kaufmanniana Tulip

Bibby and Harold Alfond Children’s Garden
Brunnera macrophylla ‘Silver Wings’ – Siberian Bugloss
Corylopsis pauciflora – Buttercup Winter Hazel
Dirca palustris – Leatherwood
Epimedium ‘Spritzer’ – Barrenwort
Epimedium stellulatum Long-leaf Form – Barrenwort (Long-leaf Form)
Erythronium albidum – White Trout-lily
Erythronium revolutum – Pink Fawn-lily
Fritillaria imperialis ‘Rubra Maxima’ – Crown Imperial
Fritillaria persica – Persian Fritillary
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
Jeffersonia diphylla – Twin-leaf
Lamprocapnos spectabilis – Bleediing-heart
Lonicera caerulea var. edulis ‘Berry Blue’ – Honeyberry
Magnolia ‘Anticipation’
Mahonia japonica Epstein Form – Japanese Mahonia (Epstein Form)
Muscari armeniacum ‘Blue Spike’ – Armenian Grape Hyacinth
Muscari latifolium – Grape Hyacinth
Muscari macrocarpum ‘Golden Fragrance’ – Grape Hyacinth
Primula kisoana – Primrose
Pulmonaria ‘Raspberry Splash’ – Lungwort
Sanguinaria canadensis ‘Multiplex’ – Double Bloodroot
Sanguinaria canadensis – Bloodroot (Pink Form)
Scilla siberica – Siberian Squill
Trillium pusillum ‘Roadrunner’
Tulipa ‘Scarlet Baby’ – Kaufmanniana Tulip
Tulipa ‘Concerto’ – Fosteriana Tulip

Bosarge Family Education Center
Cymophyllus fraserianus – Fraser’s Sedge
Sanguinaria canadensis – Bloodroot
Trillium cuneatum – Little Sweet Betsy
Uvularia grandiflora – Bellwort

Haney Hillside Gardens
Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’ – Siberian Bugloss
Dicentra eximia – Bleeding-heart
Lindera benzoin – Spicebush
Waldsteinia fragarioides – Barren Strawberry
Pieris floribunda – Mountain Fetterbush
Narcissus ‘Rijnveld’s Early Sensation’ – Trumpet Daffodil
Narcissus ‘W.P. Milner’ – Trumpet Daffodil
Scilla siberica – Siberian Squill

Vayo Meditation Garden
Epimedium ‘Fire Dragon’ – Barrenwort
Epimedium sempervirens ‘Creamsickle’
Helleborus argutifolius – Corsican Hellebore
Helleborus Heronswood Double Dark – Heronswood Lenten Rose
Helleborus Heronswood Double Pink – Heronswood Lenten Rose
Helleborus Heronswood Pink – Heronswood Lenten Rose
Helleborus x hybridus ‘Pine Knot’s Southern Belles Double Darks’ – Hellebore
Helleborus x nigercors (Helleborus Gold Collection Group) ‘COSEH 830’ – HGC Ice Breaker Prelude Lenten Rose
Pachysandra terminalis – Japanese Spurge

Giles Rhododendron Garden
Epimedium ‘Enchantress’ – Barrenwort
Epimedium x rubrum – Barrenwort
Helleborus ‘Brandywine’ – Brandywine Lenten Rose
Helleborus orientalis ‘Pink Lady’ – Lenten Rose
Helleborus orientalis ‘Pink Lady’ – Lenten Rose
Helleborus torquatus x H. x hybridus – Hybrid
Helleborus x hybridus ‘Gold Finch’ – Lenten Rose
Helleborus x hybridus – Lenten Rose
Helleborus x hybridus ‘Winter Dreams Cassis Red’ – Lenten Rose (Red Clone Form)
Magnolia denudata ‘Gere’ – Yulan Magnolia
Magnolia x loebneri ‘Merrill’ – Dr. Merrill’s Magnolia
Muscari armeniacum – Armenian Grape Hyacinth
Muscari latifolium – Grape Hyacinth
Narcissus ‘Hawera’ – Triandrus Daffodil
Narcissus ‘Ice Follies’ – Large-cupped Daffodil
Narcissus ‘Jetfire’ Cyclamineus Group – Cyclamineus Daffodil
Narcissus ‘Pink Charm’ – Large-cupped Daffodil
Narcissus pseudonarcissus ‘Barrett Browning’ – Small-cupped Daffodil
Narcissus pseudonarcissus ‘Mount Hood’ – Trumpet Daffodil
Narcissus pseudonarcissus Species or Wild Variants Group – Daffodil
Narcissus ‘Replete’ – Double Daffodil
Narcissus ‘Sunny Girlfriend’ – Split-cupped Collar Daffodil
Narcissus ‘Thalia’ – Triandrus Daffodil
Narcissus x incomparabilis ‘Faith’ – Large-cupped Daffodil
Omphalodes verna – Creeping Forget-me-not
Rhododendron ‘April Gem’
Rhododendron dauricum ‘Album’
Rhododendron ‘Mary Fleming’
Rhododendron mucronulatum ‘Cornell Pink’ – Korean Azalea
Rhododendron ‘PJM’
Rhododendron ‘Weston’s Pink Diamond’

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

Parking Lots
Rhododendron ‘April Rose’
Narcissus ‘Blazing Starlet’ – Split-cupped Daffodil
Narcissus ‘Cheerfulness’ – Double Daffodil
Narcissus ‘Cool Flame’ – Large-cupped Daffodil
Narcissus ‘Tamara’ – Large-cupped Daffodil
Narcissus ‘Tropical Sunset’ – Trumpet Daffodil

How can you help the monarchs?

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

Over the past few years there has been a dramatic decline in the monarch butterfly population. This has been caused by a variety of things, including loss of milkweed, drought conditions, pesticide, and habitat loss. Although some of these dangers are natural and can’t be avoided, there are ways to help out from home. So, how can you help the monarchs?

A crucial part of the monarch’s survival is their access to milkweed, so planting a form of native milkweed would be a great help. Monarchs start their life on a single leaf of milkweed, relying on it to develop and grow. Milkweed also serves as protection: the toxins monarchs receive from eating the milkweed make the butterflies poisonous to many predators such as birds. To help fight the loss of milkweed, you can plant milkweed native to your area.

Photo courtesy of Derek Ramsey 2008

Photo courtesy of Derek Ramsey 2008

Here at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens there are two main types: first, swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata), which prefers watery places such as areas around swamps and lakes; and second, butterfly milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa) which prefers drier areas.

Monarchs are also dependent on nectar plants for the energy to make their adventure up the continent. Planting nectar plants is not only a great way to help the monarchs, but these plants can also brighten up your garden. There are a large variety of plants and flowers that the monarchs benefit from. Popular choices that monarchs love are: aster (Aster spp.), cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis), coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea), lantana (Lantana camara), marigold (Tagetes spp.), Mexican sunflowers (Tithonia rotundifolia), tall verbena (Verbena bonariensis), zinnia (Zinnia elegans), and the butterfly bush (Buddleja).

Photo (c) Derek Ramsey 2006

Photo courtesy of Derek Ramsey 2006

While planting, remember that butterflies prefer warm sunny areas and avoid using pesticides. Monarchs also need flowers during all points of their migration, so plant some flowers that bloom during the fall season if you live further south along the migration trail.

Along with planting milkweed and nectar plants you can also adapt your garden to make it more butterfly friendly. Try to garden organically. Even though pesticides can help control pests, it can also harm helpful creatures such as monarchs. You can also give the butterflies a place to rest by placing some flat stones in sunny places throughout your flower gardens. Another way to help is to provide monarchs with extra food and water. Providing water can be as simple as having mud puddles or providing a small bucket filled with moist sand. To feed the butterflies, you can either buy a feeder with a butterfly food sugar mix or you can make your own by soaking a sponge in a mixture of 20% honey and 80% water.

Creating your own butterfly friendly habitat is a simple way to help stop the decline in their population. The number of monarchs overwintering in Mexico during the 2015-2016 season was 200 million – compared to the long term average of 300 million, that’s 30% less butterflies. By adapting your garden, planting milkweed, or investing in some nectar plants, not only will you get to see the monarchs more but you will get to help save them.

— Lisa Pawlowski, marketing mentorship student

Preparing for Monarchs: The Migration of Our Flying Hort Staff

Monday, March 28th, 2016

Monarch on Buddleja davidii 'Attraction' Butterfly Bush

A sweet, earthy wind blows over the green and soggy Great Lawn. It settles at times, letting the sun take a turn at warming your cheeks, but it remains persistent, bending grasses and branches. The wind bears on it warmth, and rain, and the promise of thousands of tiny wing beats making their way slowly and steadily from Mexico to Maine.

Like so many of Maine’s residents, Monarch butterflies spend the winter in the relative warmth in the south, though unlike our human snowbirds, they cluster together high in the trees in central Mexico, turning the forests of Michoacán a brilliant orange. They begin their return to the north just after mating and for many of the butterflies migrating, their first trip to Maine happens just a few weeks into their adulthood.

These migrating monarchs follow an ancestral path northward, but even the best butterfly navigators must stop for food! Adult butterflies rely upon areas with nectar-filled wildflowers and milkweed to stop for food and to reproduce. Areas that were once landing spots for monarchs will be noticeably monarch-less without these important plants. To help welcome our beautiful and important pollinators to Maine, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens has committed to being a Colossal Monarch Waystation by planting native milkweeds and wildflowers to give them the best chance of survival and successful reproduction.

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As winter gives way to spring, now is a great time to think about ways you can prepare for the arrival of our beautiful summer residents! When they arrive in the gardens this summer, they will join monarch butterflies raised here by the CMBG horticulture staff that will be released into the Gardens. We will be updating the Dig It! blog with pictures and information about the process of raising and supporting monarch butterflies. You can learn more about what you can do at home and get excited about the butterflies you’ll see when you come to see us, right here on our blog! Check out these sites below to watch the progress of the migration, find out more about native wildflowers and milkweeds you can plant in your greenspace, and keep an eye on our blog as we get ready to greet our favorite horticultural helpers!

Monarch Watch: http://www.monarchwatch.org/
• free native milkweeds
• become a waystation

Monarch Butterfly Journey North: http://www.learner.org/jnorth/monarch/index.html
• track the migration
• get updates on factors influencing the migration
• log your sightings to help researchers

Shhh! Plants are sleeping in these beds!

Friday, December 18th, 2015

When spring finally comes to the gardens, 35,000 tulips will pop through the soil of beds all over Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, giving us an incredible display of color as the world comes out of its winter sleep. But before we see our incredible rainbow of flowers, these plants need to have things just right…

SM Tulips near Event Lawn

The sun’s rays act as a messaging system for plants. All summer long, the sun’s light tells tiny structures inside of green plant cells to create sugars that the plant will use as food. Those sugars are stored in a root or bulb under the soil, where it can be used even when the plant is done making food just as animals fatten up before hibernation. As the days get shorter, the sun’s message to make food is cut off, and the plant begins to rest, pulling its food from roots beneath the soil.

During the fall, some plants are getting their buds ready to burst the next spring. Cells whose only job is to help the plant to grow line up at the tips of the branches and bulbs of plants like tulips and peonies, where they wait for springtime to pop into action. Without these cells, these plants’ growth may be stunted, making short, misshapen plants, or worse—no plants at all.

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If the soil is stepped on or crushed too tight around the bulbs, they won’t be able to get the water they need to make new cells, or the space to grow new roots to hold them in place in spring rainstorms.

Dan planting tulips

These big patches of soil in the gardens aren’t places where we’ve forgotten to plant. They are the place where all the action is happening! The tiny buds of peonies and food-filled bulbs of tulips are working hard to get ready to put on their spring show.

Keep your eyes out for places where the soil is bare, and help these plants survive the winter by staying on pathways or grassy areas. We can’t wait to see you—and our 35000 tulips!—this spring!

– Jo Gammans, volunteer and guest services coordinator

Dancing with the Lights

Thursday, November 12th, 2015

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is reopening this November 21 for an event called Gardens Aglow. The gardens will be decorated with thousands of different colored lights, some of which even interact with music. These special lights are called Lumenplay lights and, once programmed with the play list, are stunning to watch dance to the music. These lights are featured in the Lerner Garden of the Five Senses to create a full sensory experience that you don’t want to miss!
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Lumenplay lights are connected with an app that lets you sync music to the lights. This app will process the song and program the lights to dance along. They create this illusion using RGB LED lights which can produce millions of different colors that twinkle and flash at a range of speeds. We will have almost 2000 of these lights, covering 6 different trees! These magnificent trees are known as the “Dancing Maples” and are a sight to see!

The Lumenplay lights will be accompanied with seasonal classics featuring artists such as George Winston. Thanks to our 100 watt Soundcast speaker, people will be able to enjoy this music from essentially every point of the Lerner Garden. This speaker is so powerful that it can produce about ten times the sound of an everyday, old fashioned boom box. The Lumenplay lights will just be the icing on the cake. The entire garden is going to be full of amazing displays during the event, and we hope to see you during Gardens Aglow.
– Lisa Pawlowski

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’

Lerner Garden and Forest Pond:
Chelone lyonni–Turtlehead
Hibiscus ‘Blue River II’ & ‘Pink Elephant’–Perennial Hibiscus
Gentiana ‘True Blue’–Gentian
Rudbeckia ‘Goldstrum’–Black-eyed Susan
Ligularia ‘Othello’– Big Leaf Ligularia
Symphyotrichum novae-angliae ‘Chilly Winds’–New England Aster

Cleaver Event Lawn:
Anemone tomentosa ‘Robustissima’
Actaea simplex ‘Brunette’
Hydrangea cvs- still exquisite!
Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Fox Trot’

Bosarge Education Center:
Oenothera fruticosa ‘Fireworks’
Various Coreopsis hybrids ( E.g., Cha Cha Cha)
Rudbeckia hirta
Echinacea purpurea
Stokesia ‘Color Wheel’ and ‘Blue Danube’

Burpee Kitchen Garden:
Lactuca sativa cvs
Gomphocarpus physocarpus
Scabiosa atropurpurea ‘Black Knight’ & ‘Fata Morgana’
Leonotus nepetifolia
Anemone x hybrida ‘Honorine Jobert’

Alfond Children’s Garden:
Helianthus salicifolius Willow-leaf Sunflower is looking very Seussical by the coloring shed
Tricyrtis ‘Jim’s Tall Towers’ Toad Lily
Gentiana ‘True Blue’ Gentian
Gaillardia ‘Punch Bowl’ Blanket-Flower
Dahlia Rose Dinnerplate Mix still look great!
Buddleja ‘Miss Ruby’ Butterfly Bush
Rudbeckia fulgida var. deamii Deam’s Coneflower

Giles Rhododendron Garden:
Hosta ‘June’
Hosta ‘Grand Marquee’
Geranium Gerwat aka ‘Rozanne’
Lobelia cardinalis

Perennial and Rose Garden:
Hylotelephium (Sedum) ‘T. Rex’
Hibiscus ‘Pink Elephant’
Rosa ‘KORsineo’ Roxy Shrub Rose
Yucca filamentosa ‘Bright Edge’ looks excellent right now, as does the Hypoestes phyllostachya (who says you need blooms for great color?!)
Verbena bonariensis
Arctostaphylos uva-ursi ‘Massachusetts’ has a lovely set of red berries at the moment!
Sedum ‘Frosty Morn’
Silphium terebinthinaceum var. pinnatifidum
Actea simplex ‘Brunette’

Haney Hillside:
Aster ericoides ‘Scheneegitter,’ Snow Flurry Heath Aster
Galardia ‘Punch Bowl,’ Blanket Flower

Woodland Garden:
Actaea simplex ‘Pink Spike’ – Bugbane
Actaea japonica (Cheju Island Form seedlings) – Japanese Bugbane
Angelonia ‘Dangeloni4’ – Alonia White Angelonia
Clematis terniflora – Sweet Autumn Clematis
Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’ and ‘Kyushu’ – Panicle Hydrangea
Nemesia ‘Fleurame’ –Opal Innocence Nemesia
Tricyrtis ‘Blonde Beauty’ – Toad Lily
Tricyrtis formosana ‘Seiryu’ – Toad Lily

What’s in Bloom This Week

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

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)

Entrance Walk:
Agastache ‘Blue Fortune’
Fuchsia ‘Swanley Yellow’
Canna ‘Bengal Tiger’
Hydrangea ‘Limelight’
Cestrum ‘Orange Peel’

Great Lawn Gardens:
Echinaceas
Buddleia davidii ‘Attraction’
Grasses are looking beautiful, seed heads are out! Those include Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Stricta,’ Miscanthus sinensis ssp. purpurascens, Schizachyrium scoparium ‘The Blues,’ Panicum varigatum ‘Prairie Sky’
Eupatorium purpurem ssp. maculatum ‘Gateway’
Rudbeckia maxima
Vitex
Hibiscus ‘Midnight Marvel’
Japanese Anemone
Ammi visnaga ‘Green Mist’

Lerner Garden and Forest Pond:
Saggitaria latifolia–Common Arrowhead
Eupatorium maculatum–Joe Pye Weed
Rudbeckia ‘Goldstrum’–Black-eyed Susan
Phlox paniculata ‘David’–Garden Phlox
Gentiana ‘True Blue’–Gentian
Anemonopsis macrophylla

Cleaver Event Lawn:
Stenanthium gramineum
ARMLOADS of gorgeous Hydrangea cvs
Phlox paniculata ‘Franz Schubert’
Eupatorium maculatum

Perennial and Rose Garden:
Rosa KORsineo ‘Roxy Shrub Rose’
Perovskias are finishing up their run
Celosia argentea var. cristata ‘Flamingo Feather’
Rudbeckia ‘Herbstsonne’ and Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ are still quite sunny
Mandevilla x amabia ‘Alice du Pont’ (hanging for the pergola) is worth a visit
Scutellaria incana
Eragrostis spectabilis
Oringanum ‘Rosenkuppel’

Burpee Kitchen Garden:
Gomphocarpus physocarpus
Amaranthus ‘Giant Orange’ & A. ‘Hot Biscuits’
Helianthus cvs
Scabiosa atropurpurea ‘Black Knight’
Verbena bonariensis

Bosarge Education Center:
Guara lindheimeri ‘Passionate Blush’
Oenothera fruticosa ‘Fireworks’
Various Coreopsis hybrids ( E.g., Cha Cha Cha)
Rudbeckia hirta
Lobelia siphilitica
Echinacea purpurea
Stokesia ‘Color Wheel’ and ‘Blue Danube’
Phlox paniculata ‘David’
Eupatorium purpureum
Cephalanthus occidentalis
Helenium ‘Ruby Tuesday’
Heliopsis ‘Bressingham Doubloon’
Pycnanthum muticum
Aconitum ucinatum

Giles Rhododendron Garden:
Hosta ‘June’
Hosta ‘Grand Marquee’
Geranium Gerwat aka ‘Rozanne’
Lobelia cardinalis

Meditation Garden:
Echinacea ‘Pow Wow’

Haney Hillside Garden:
Gailladia ‘Punch Bowl, Blanket Flower
Eutrochium purpureum, Joe Pye Weed
Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’, Sunflower
Oxydendrum arboretum, Sourwood

Woodland Garden:
Angelonia ‘Dangeloni4’ – Alonia White Angelonia
Geranium ‘Sue Crug’ — Cranesbill
Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’ and ‘Kyushu’ – Panicle Hydrangea
Nemesia ‘Fleurame’ –Opal Innocence Nemesia
Tricyrtis formosana ‘Seiryu’ – Toad Lily
Veratrum formosanum

What’s in Bloom This Week

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

Hibiscus syriacus 'Notwoodthree' Blue Chiffon Rose-of-Sharon007
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

Burpee Kitchen Garden:
Helianthus cvs
Solanum quitoense and S. pycnanthemum
Gomphocarpus physocarpus
The exquisite Lathyrus odoratus ‘Beaujolais’
Cucurbita maxima Galeux D’ Eysines

Cleaver Event Lawn:
Allium ‘Millenium’
Ligularia japonica
Hydrangea paniculata cvs
Veratrum formosanum
Phlox paniculata ‘Franz Schubert’ and ‘Danielle’

Alfond Children’s Garden:
Rudbeckia fulgida ‘Goldsturm’ Black-eyed Susan
Hydrangea paniculata ‘Renhy’ First Editions Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea
Lobelia cardinalis Cardinal Flower
Allium ‘Pink Planet’ Ornamental Onion
Zinnia angustifolia ‘Star Orange’
Zinnia ‘Profusion Fire’
Hibiscus syriacus ‘Notwoodthree’ Blue Chiffon Rose-of-Sharon
Dahlias on the rainbow terrace- Rose Dinnerplate Mix, and Yellow Passion’ Dinnerplate

Meditation Garden:
Echinacea ‘Pow Wow’

Haney Hillside Garden:
Gailladia ‘Punch Bowl’, Blanket Flower
Eutrochium purpureum, Joe Pye Weed
Helianthus, ‘Lemon Queen’ Sunflower
Oxydendrum arboretum, Sourwood
Lobelia cardinalis, Cardinal Flower
Dicentra, Bleeding Heart

Lerner Garden of The Five Senses and Slater Forest Pond
Phlox paniculata ‘David’ – Garden Phlox
Saggitaria latifolia -Common Arrowhead
Eupatorium maculatum – Joe Pye Weed
Phlox paniculata ‘Danielle’ – Garden Phlox
Helenium ‘Mardi Gras’ – Sneeze Weed
Rudbeckia ‘Goldstrum’ – Black-eyed Susan
Lobelia siphilitica – Blue Lobelia

Giles Rhododendron Garden:
Hosta ‘Whirlwind’
Geranium Gerwat aka ‘Rozanne’
Astilbe simplicifolia ‘Henne Graafland’
Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’
Iris ensata ‘Emotion’

Bosarge Education Center:
Asclepias incarnata ‘Ice Ballet’
Oenothera fruticosa ‘Fireworks’
Various Coreopsis hybrids ( E.g., Cha Cha Cha)
Eryngium ‘Big Blue’
Rudbeckia hirta
Lobelia siphilitica
Echinacea purpurea
Stokesia ‘Color Wheel’ and ‘Blue Danube’
Phlox paniculata ‘David’

Great Lawn:
Echinaceas
Ruellia simplex ‘Purple Showers’
Vitex agnus-castus ‘Shoal Creek’
Canna ‘Bengal Tiger’
Ammi majus
Digiplexis ‘Berry Canary’

Perennial and Rose Garden:
Gomphrena ‘QIS Formula Mix’
Rudbeckia ‘Herbstonne’
Agastache