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What’s in Bloom June 22, 2016

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

Staff Picks

Clematis ochroleuca 'Curlyheads'
I love the gold seed heads on Clematis ochroleuca ‘Curlyheads’ in the Event Lawn. – Anna, horticulturist

Cistus 'Bicolor Pink' small flowered rock rose
I’m so excited about this little gem of a plant, Cistus ‘Bicolor Pink!’ It is in full bloom, tucked carefully away in the Overlook section of the Rose and Perennial Garden. I added these Mediterranean natives to our collection in 2014 and am enamored with the fact that they over wintered! Check them out because they may not be here forever. – Jen, horticulturist

Monarda bradburiana
This beautiful bee balm (Monarda bradburiana) is low maintenance and uniquely beautiful, making it my personal favorite. Its leaves can be made into tea, and it also attracts many pollinators, including bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Found around the Burpee Kitchen Garden Terrace. – Sarah, social media marketing intern

Paeonia 'Cora Louise' ITOH peony
Peonia ITOH peonies need no staking. They are a cross between tree peonies and herbaceous peonies, so they’re strong upright growers. ‘Cora Louise’ color is juicy around the Burpee Kitchen Garden Terrace! – Diane, horticulturist

Athyrium 'Ghost' fern
Athyrium ‘Ghost’ fern in the Meditation Garden. It’s not always the big flowering plants that stop me in my tracks. – Patty, horticulturist

Benthamidia japonica
I love the simplicity of the Japanese dogwood (Benthamidia japonica) and the way the flowers look like snow on the branches. This one is just outside the Bibby and Harold Alfond Children’s Garden. Kris, director of marketing

Paeonia 'Pastel Sunrise'
In the Great Lawn east bed (next to the entrance to the Lerner Garden), be sure to check out Paeonia ‘Pastel Sunrise’ – a real showstopper! – Syretha, horticulturist

'Elka' Poppy
The first of the ‘Elka’ Poppies opened up today and we couldn’t be happier about it! Find them in the Bibby and Harold Alfond Children’s Garden. – Jen, horticulturist

Rhododendron campanulatum
Check out Rhododendron campanulatum at the top of Giles Rhododendron Garden – the new foliage really glows! – Dan, horticulturist

Primula japonica
Primula japonica looks great in the muck by the pond in the Giles Rhododendron Garden. – Dan, horticulturist

Paeonia 'First Arrival' intersectional (ITOH) peony
Paeonia ‘First Arrival’ ITOH peony is a pink beauty near the Slater Forest Pond, with large but delicate looking petals and vibrant gold stamens in its center. – Tory, marketing content coordinator

Full Blooming List

Birch Allee
Helleborus niger Ivory Prince ‘Walhelivor’ – Ivory Prince Lenten Rose
Polygonatum latifolium – Solomon’s-seal
Rheum palmatum ‘Atrosanguineum’ – Ornamental Rhubarb
Weigela Wine & Roses ‘Alexandra’ – Wine and Roses Weigela

Bibby and Harold Alfond Children’s Garden
Acer tegmentosum ‘Joe Witt’ – Manchurian Snakebark Maple
Achillea millefolium ‘Pomegranate’ Tutti Frutti Series – Tutti Frutti Series Yarrow
Allium caeruleum – Blue-of-the-heavens
Allium christophii – Star of Persia
Allium ‘Globemaster’ – Ornamental Onion
Allium schubertii – Tumbleweed Onion
Alstroemeria ‘Tangerine Tango’ – Peruvian Lily
Amelanchier nantucketensis – Nantucket Shadbush
Amsonia ‘Blue Ice’ – Blue Star
Amsonia hubrichtii – Blue Star Amsonia
Anchusa azurea – Italian Bugloss
Arisaema triphyllum Mrs. French’s Veined Form (#2) – Jack-in-the-pulpit (Mrs. French’s Veined Form)
Arisaema triphyllum ssp. stewardsonii ‘Wide Whale Corduroy’ – Jack-in-the-pulpit
Asimina triloba ‘Sunflower’ – Pawpaw
Baptisia Solar Flare Prairieblues ‘Solar Flare’ – Prairieblues False Indigo
Benthamidia japonica ‘Satomi’ – Dogwood
Brunnera macrophylla ‘Hadspen Cream’ – Siberian Bugloss
Brunnera macrophylla ‘Silver Wings’ – Siberian Bugloss
Campanula persicifolia ‘Telham Beauty’ – Peach-leaved Bellflower
Carex lurida – Sallow Sedge
Chamaepericlymenum canadense – Bunchberry
Chrysogonum virginianum var. austral – Green and Gold
Corydalis elata – Blue Corydalis
Digitalis purpurea – (Camelot Series) Foxglove Mix
Dysosma delavayi var. – Chinese Mayapple
Epimedium ‘Pink Champagne’ – Barrenwort
Epimedium stellulatum Long-leaf Form – Barrenwort
Euphorbia palustris ‘Walenburg’s Glorie’ – Swamp Spurge
Fragaria x ananassa ‘Earliglow’ – Strawberry
Geranium macrorrhizum ‘Variegatum’ – Bigroot Geranium
Geranium maculatum ‘Espresso’ – Cranesbill
Geranium ‘Tiny Monster’
Geranium x magnificum – Purple Cranesbill
Gillenia trifoliata ‘Pink Profusion’ – Bowman’s Root
Helleborus x hybridus ‘Blue Metallic Lady’ – Lenten Rose
Helleborus x hybridus ‘Double Lady Mix’ – Lenten Rose
Helleborus x hybridus ‘Gold Finch’ – Lenten Rose
Heuchera ‘Amethyst Myst’ – Coral Bells
Heuchera ‘Lime Rickey’ – Coral Bells
Iris sanguinea – Blood-red Iris
Iris sibirica ‘Silver Edge’ – Siberian Iris
Iris x germanica ‘Before the Storm’ – Bearded Iris
Kniphofia northiae – Red-hot-poker
Lamprocapnos spectabilis – Bleeding-heart
Lavandula angustifolia ‘Hidcote’ – English Lavender
Lavandula angustifolia ‘Munstead’ – English Lavender
Leucothoe fontanesiana ‘Rainbow’ – Dog-hobble
Lonicera hirsuta var. hirsute – Hairy Honeysuckle
Lonicera sempervirens ‘Major Wheeler’ – Trumpet Honeysuckle
Lupinus perennis – Wild Lupine
Monarda bradburiana – Eastern Bee Balm
Nepeta ‘Joanna Reed’ – Catmint
Osmunda regalis ‘Cristata’ – Crested Royal Fern
Paeonia ‘Julia Rose’ – Intersectional (Itoh) Peony
Paeonia lactiflora ‘Hot Chocolate’ – Common Garden Peony
Paeonia ‘Pastel Splendor’ – Intersectional (Itoh) Peony
Paeonia suffruticosa ‘Yellow’ – Tree Peony
Podophyllum pleianthum – Marbled Leaves, Red-flowered Chinese Mayapple
Polygonatum humile – Dwarf Solomon’s-seal (Case Form)
Polygonatum sp. ex MD97316 – Solomon’s-seal
Polygonatum verticillatum – Whorled Solomon’s-seal
Rheum ‘Chipman’s Canada Red’ – Rhubarb
Rheum officinale – Chinese Rhubarb (Large Leaf Form)
Rheum officinale var. – Chinese Rhubarb
Rhododendron ‘Lemon Dream’
Rhododendron ‘Popcorn’ – Azalea
Rhododendron ‘Purple Passion’ – Highland Series
Rodgersia pinnata ‘Fireworks’ – Rodger’s Flower
Rosa ‘Outta the Blue’ (WEKstephitsu) – Outta the Blue Rose
Rubus odoratus – Flowering Raspberry
Salvia nemorosa ‘Caradonna’ – Meadow Sage
Salvia verticillata ‘Endless Love’ – Lilac Sage
Sarracenia g. ‘Green Dragon’ – Pitcher Plant
Sarracenia purpurea – Common Pitcher Plant
Sorbus ‘Joseph Rock’ – Mountain Ash
Syringa Bloomerang Purple ‘Penda’ – Bloomerang Purple Lilac
Syringa Tinkerbelle ‘Bailbelle’ – Tinkerbelle Dwarf Lilac
Thalictrum flavum ssp. Glaucum – Meadow-rue
Thymus vulgaris – Common Thyme
Vaccinium angustifolium – Lowbush Blueberry
Vaccinium corymbosum ‘Bluecrop’ – Highbush Blueberry
Vaccinium corymbosum ‘Bluetta’ – Highbush Blueberry
Vaccinium corymbosum ‘Chandler’ – Highbush Blueberry
Vaccinium corymbosum ‘Elliott’ – Highbush Blueberry
Vaccinium ‘Pink Lemonade’ – Pink Blueberry
Veronica austriaca ssp. teucrium ‘Crater Lake Blue’ – Speedwell

Bosarge Family Education Center
Amsonia ciliata ‘Spring Sky’ – Fringed Blue Star
Baptisia Midnight Prairieblues ‘Midnight’ – Prairieblues False Indigo
Baptisia tinctoria – Wild Indigo
Heuchera americana ‘Dale’s Strain’ – American Alumroot
Iris versicolor – Northern Blue Flag Iris
Kalmia latifolia ‘Carousel’ – Mountain Laurel
Penstemon digitalis ‘Husker Red’ – Beard-tongue
Polygonatum commutatum 3W.MASS/3 NC – Solomon’s-seal
Rhododendron calendulaceum White Skinner #166 x Rhododendron calendulaceum ‘Smoky Mountaineer’ – Flame Azalea
Viburnum cassinoides – Withe-rod

Entry Walk
Aesculus x carnea ‘Ft. McNair’ – Red Horse Chestnut
Amsonia ciliata ‘Spring Sky’ – Fringed Blue Star
Arisaema sikokianum – Japanese Cobra Lily
Astilbe ‘Moerheim Glory’
Astilbe simplicifolia ‘Pink Lightning’ – False Spiraea
Benthamidia japonica var. chinensis Samaritan ‘Samzam’ – Samaritan Dogwood
Calycanthus x raulstonii ‘Hartlage Wine’ – Sweetshrub
Chionanthus retusus – Chinese Fringe Tree
Cotoneaster perpusillus – Rockspray Cotoneaster
Euphorbia x martini ‘Ascot Rainbow’ – Spurge
Geranium macrorrhizum ‘Czakor’
Nyssa sylvatica – Black Gum
Paeonia lactiflora ‘Top Brass’ – Common Garden Peony
Physocarpus opulifolius Diabolo ‘Monlo’ – Diabolo Ninebark
Potentilla fruticosa ‘Pink Beauty’
Rhododendron ‘Nova Zembla’
Rodgersia aesculifolia ‘Big Mama’ – Rodger’s Flower
Saruma henryi – Upright Wild Ginger
Syringa x prestoniae ‘Donald Wyman’ – Lilac
Tiarella cordifolia var. cordifolia – Foamflower
Vaccinium angustifolium – Lowbush Blueberry
Veronica ‘Waterperry Blue’ – Speedwell
Viburnum plicatum forma tomentosum ‘Shasta’

Cleaver Event Lawn
Amsonia hubrichtii – Blue Star Amsonia
Amsonia tabernaemontana ‘Montana’ – Blue Star
Astilbe hybrida ‘Rock and Roll’ – Plume Flower
Astilbe x arendsii ‘Bressingham Beauty’
Baptisia australis – Blue False Indigo
Baptisia ‘Carolina Moonlight’ – False Indigo
Baptisia perfoliata – Catbells
Baptisia x bicolor Starlite Prairieblues ‘Starlite’ – Prairieblues False Indigo
Benthamidia Celestial ‘Rutdan’ Stellar Series – Celestial Dogwood
Benthamidia Stellar Pink ‘Rutgan’ Stellar Series – Stellar Pink Dogwood
Benthamidia japonica Heart Throb ‘Schmred’ – Heart Throb Dogwood
Benthamidia japonica ‘Autumn Rose’ – Dogwood
Benthamidia japonica ‘Big Apple’ – Dogwood
Benthamidia japonica ‘Gold Cup’ – Dogwood
Benthamidia japonica ‘Lustgarten Weeping’ – Dogwood
Benthamidia japonica ‘Moonbeam’ – Dogwood
Benthamidia japonica ‘Moonsplash’ – Dogwood
Chionanthus virginicus – Fringe Tree
Clematis ‘Nelly Moser’
Clematis ochroleuca – Curlyheads
Cypripedium Philipp g. – Lady’s Slipper
Dictamnus albus – Gas Plant
Digitalis purpurea ‘Dalmation White’ – Foxglove
Hemerocallis ‘Gordon Biggs’ – Daylily
Morina longifolia – Himalayan Whorlflower
Paeonia delavayi var. delavayi – Peony
Paeonia ostia – Tree Peony
Paeonia suffruticosa White – White Tree Peony
Polemonium reptans ‘Stairway to Heaven’ – Variegated Jacob’s Ladder
Rheum palmatum var. tanguticum ‘Red Selection’ – Ornamental Rhubarb
Rosa ‘Blanc Double de Courbert’
Salvia x sylvestris ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ – Wood Sage
Sambucus nigra Black Lace ‘Eva’ – Black Lace Elderberry
Stachys byzantina ‘Helen Von Stein’ – Lamb’s-ears
Stachys byzantina ‘Silver Carpet’ – Lamb’s-ears
Vaccinium angustifolium – Lowbush Blueberry

Slater Forest Pond and Stream
Astrantia ‘Hadspen Blood’ – Masterwort
Cypripedium reginae – Showy Lady’s Slipper
Helleborus Brandywine – Brandywine Lenten Rose
Iris ensata ‘Eden’s Charm’ – Japanese Iris
Iris ensata ‘Gusto’ – Japanese Iris
Iris sibirica ‘Silver Edge’ – Siberian Iris
Iris versicolor – Northern Blue Flag Iris
Magnolia sieboldii – Oyama Magnolia
Polygonatum odoratum ‘Variegatum’ – Variegated Fragrant Solomon’s-seal
Primula japonica – Japanese Primrose
Primula x bullesiana – Candelabra Primrose
Rhododendron ‘White Lightning’ – Azalea
Rodgersia pinnata ‘Chocolate Wing’ – Rodger’s Flower
Tradescantia ‘Bilberry Ice’ – (Andersoniana Group) Spiderwort
Vaccinium angustifolium – Lowbush Blueberry
Amsonia ‘Blue Ice’ – Blue Star
Paeonia ‘Ballarena de Saval’ – Intersectional (Itoh) Peony
Paeonia ‘First Arrival’ – Intersectional (Itoh) Peony
Paeonia ‘Ruffled Sunset’ – Tree Peony
Paeonia ‘Unique’ – Intersectional (Itoh) Peony

Founder’s Grove
Heuchera ‘Fandango’ – Coral Bells
Vaccinium angustifolium – Lowbush Blueberry

Great Lawn
Baptisia ‘Cherries Jubilee’ –Decadence Series False Indigo
Baptisia ‘Purple Smoke’ – False Indigo
Campanula garganica ‘Dickson’s Gold’ – Adriatic Bellflower; Gargano Bellflower
Geum ‘Mai Tai’ – (Cocktail Series) Avens
Magnolia ‘Sunspire’
Nepeta x faassenii ‘Walker’s Low’ – Catmint
Paeonia ‘Pastel Sunrise’ – Japanese Peony
Spiraea japonica ‘Alpina’
Thalictrum petaloideum
Amsonia hubrichtii – Blue Star Amsonia
Anthemis ‘Susanna Mitchell’ – Marguerite Daisy
Baptisia ‘Carolina Moonlight’ – False Indigo
Baptisia ‘Purple Smoke’ – False Indigo
Digitalis grandiflora – Yellow Foxglove
Filipendula rubra ‘Venusta’ – Queen-of-the-prairie
Lupinus ‘The Chatelaine’ Band of Nobles Series – (Russell Hybrid) Lupine
Magnolia sieboldii ‘Colossus’ – Oyama Magnolia
Penstemon digitalis ‘Husker Red’ – Beard-tongue
Rheum palmatum var. tanguticum ‘Red Selection’ – Ornamental Rhubarb
Salvia ‘Rose Queen’ – Sage
Salvia x sylvestris ‘Blauhuegel’ – Blue Hill Sage
Baptisia Solar Flare Prairieblues ‘Solar Flare’ – Prairieblues False Indigo
Digitalis purpurea Excelsior Group – Excelsior Group Foxglove
Rhus aromatica ‘Gro-low’ – Fragrant Sumac

Haney Hillside
Amsonia hubrichtii – Blue Star Amsonia
Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’ – Siberian Bugloss
Chionanthus virginicus – Fringe Tree
Corydalis lutea – Fumewort
Kalmia latifolia ‘Hoffman’s Pink’ – Mountain Laurel
Kalmia latifolia ‘Snowdrift’ – Mountain Laurel
Penstemon calycosus – Long-sepaled Beard-tongue
Polygonatum biflorum – Small Solomon’s-seal
Kalmia latifolia ‘Heart’s Desire’ – Mountain Laurel
Kalmia latifolia ‘Keepsake’ – Mountain Laurel
Kalmia latifolia – Mountain Laurel
Pieris floribunda – Mountain Fetterbush
Vaccinium angustifolium – Lowbush Blueberry
Chamaepericlymenum canadense – Bunchberry
Iris versicolor ‘Kermesina’ – Blue Flag Iris
Lupinus perennis – Wild Lupine
Penstemon digitalis ‘Husker Red’ – Beard-tongue
Kalmia latifolia ‘Hoffman’s K’ – Mountain Laurel
Rhododendron atlanticum – Coast Azalea
Vaccinium angustifolium – Lowbush Blueberry
Vaccinium corymbosum ‘Jersey’ – Highbush Blueberry
Vaccinium corymbosum ‘Rubel’ – Highbush Blueberry

Norweb Entrance Garden
Lupinus ‘Noble Maiden’ Band of Nobles Series – (Russell Hybrid) Lupine
Phedimus floriferus ‘Weihenstephaner Gold’ – Orange Stonecrop

Vayo Meditation Garden
Ajuga reptans Chocolate Chip ‘Alfredda’ – Chocolate Chip Bugleweed
Clematis Integrifolia Group – Solitary Clematis
Enkianthus campanulatus – Redvein Enkianthus
Enkianthus cernuus forma rubens
Helleborus Heronswood Double Pink – Heronswood Double Pink
Helleborus Heronswood Pink – Heronswood Pink
Hydrangea anomala ssp. Petiolaris – Climbing Hydrangea
Iris gracilipes ‘Cobblewood Charm’
Iris gracilipes var. alba Buko Form – (Buko Form)
Ptelea trifoliata ‘Aurea’ – Hoptree

Giles Rhododendron Garden
Benthamidia japonica ‘Beni Fuji’ – Dogwood
Benthamidia japonica ‘Gold Cup’ – Dogwood
Benthamidia japonica ‘Satomi’ – Dogwood
Benthamidia japonica ‘Summer Games’ – Dogwood
Benthamidia japonica var. chinensis ‘Milky Way’ – Chinese Dogwood
Benthamidia japonica ‘Wolf Eyes’ – Dogwood
Deutzia gracilis ‘Nikko’
Deutzia ‘Pink Minor’
Dicentra ‘Burning Hearts’ – Bleeding-heart
Enkianthus campanulatus – Redvein Enkianthus
Geranium macrorrhizum ‘Variegatum’ – Bigroot Geranium
Iris sibcolor ‘Mainestream Spring’
Kalmia latifolia – Mountain Laurel
Paeonia lactiflora ‘Pink Cameo’ – Common Garden Peony
Primula japonica – Japanese Primrose
Primula ‘Redfield Hybrids’ – Japanese Primrose
Rhododendron bakeri – Cumberland Azalea
Rhododendron ‘Bali’
Rhododendron ‘Catawbiense Album’ – White Catawba Rhododendron
Rhododendron ‘Cheer’
Rhododendron ‘Cherry Cheesecake’
Rhododendron ‘Chionoides’
Rhododendron diversipilosum ‘Milky Way’
Rhododendron ‘English Roseum’
Rhododendron ‘Fantastica’
Rhododendron ‘Fastuosum Flore Pleno’
Rhododendron ‘Firestorm’
Rhododendron ‘Hachmann’s Charmant’
Rhododendron ‘Hachmann’s Polaris’
Rhododendron ‘Janet Blair’
Rhododendron ‘Lee’s Dark Purple’
Rhododendron ‘Lemon Dream’
Rhododendron ‘Mrs. Peach’
Rhododendron ‘New Century’
Rhododendron ‘Polarnacht’
Rhododendron ‘Purpureum Elegans’
Rhododendron ‘Rosebud’ – Azalea
Rhododendron ‘Roseum Elegans’
Rhododendron ‘The General’
Rhododendron ‘White Peter’
Viburnum plicatum var. tomentosum ‘Mariesii’ – Doublefile Viburnum
Viburnum plicatum var. tomentosum ‘Summer Snowflake’ – Doublefile Viburnum

Rose and Perennial Garden
Achillea ‘Coronation Gold’ – Yarrow
Alchemilla mollis – Lady’s Mantle
Allium christophii – Star of Persia
Allium ‘Purple Caila’ – Ornamental Allium
Allium schubertii – Tumbleweed Onion
Amsonia ‘Blue Ice’ – Blue Star
Arctostaphylos uva-ursi ‘Massachusetts’ Bearberry
Artemisia ludoviciana ‘Valerie Finnis’ – Western Mugwort
Astilbe chinensis var. taquetii ‘Superba’
Astilbe ‘Deutschland’ – False Spiraea
Baptisia x variicolor ‘Twilite’ – Prairieblues False Indigo
Benthamidia Constellation ‘Rutcan’ Stellar Series – Stellar Series Constellation Dogwood
Benthamidia japonica var. chinensis – Chinese Dogwood
Benthamidia japonica var. chinensis ‘Milky Way’ –Chinese Dogwood
Calycanthus ‘Venus’ – Sweetshrub
Cerastium tomentosum ‘Yo Yo’ – Snow-in-summer
Chaenomeles speciosa ‘Scarlet Storm’ Double Take Series – Flowering Quince
Clethra barbinervis – Japanese Clethra
Cotinus coggygria Golden Spirit ‘Ancot’ – Golden Spirit Smokebush
Cotinus coggygria ‘Royal Purple’ – Smokebush
Cotoneaster apiculatus – Cranberry Cotoneaster
Dianthus ‘Mountain Mist’ – Cheddar Pinks
Eremurus stenophyllus – Foxtail Lily
Euphorbia epithymoides ‘First Blush’ – Cushion Spurge
Geranium renardii – Renard’s Geranium
Hydrangea anomala ssp. Petiolaris – Climbing Hydrangea
Hypericum cerastoides – Alpine St. John’s Wort
Indigofera kirilowii
Kniphofia uvaria ‘First Sunrise’ – Red-hot-poker
Lavandula angustifolia ‘Hidcote’ – English Lavender
Lavandula angustifolia ‘Munstead’ – English Lavender
Ligularia ‘Bottle Rocket’
Lonicera sempervirens ‘Superba’ – Trumpet Honeysuckle
Magnolia sieboldii ‘Michiko Renge’ – Oyame Magnolia
Nepeta ‘Early Bird’ – Catmint
Nepeta x faassenii ‘Walker’s Low’ – Catmint
Paeonia ‘Border Charm’ – Intersectional (Itoh) Peony
Paeonia lactiflora ‘Doreen’ – Common Garden Peony
Paeonia ‘Pastel Splendor’ – Intersectional (Itoh) Peony
Panicum virgatum ‘Northwind’ – Switch-grass
Papaver orientale ‘Royal Wedding’ – Oriental Poppy
Phedimus floriferus ‘Weihenstephaner Gold’ – Orange Stonecrop
Phlomis russeliana – Jerusalem Sage
Pulsatilla vulgaris – Pasque Flower
Rodgersia sambucifolia – Rodger’s Flower
Rosa Double Knock Out Rose ‘Radtko’ – Double Knock Out Rose
Rosa Lupo ‘KORdwarul’ – Lupo Miniature Rose
Rosa Roxy ‘KORsineo’ Vigorosa Collection – Roxy Shrub Rose (Vigorosa Collection)
Rosa ‘Belle Poitevine’
Rosa ‘John Cabot’
Rosa ‘Lillian Gibson’
Rosa ‘Marie Bugnet’
Rosa ‘Pierette’
Rosa ‘Polareis’
Rosa ‘Robusta’
Rosa rugosa ‘Therese Bugnet’
Rosa spinosissima – Scotch Rose
Rosa ‘Wasagaming’
Rosa ‘White Pavement’
Rosa x damascena ‘Celsiana’
Saxifraga hostii – Saxifrage
Sedum ternatum ‘Larinem Park’ – Stonecrop
Thymus pseudolanuginosus – Woolly Thyme
Veronica austriaca ssp. teucrium ‘Crater Lake Blue’ – Speedwell
Vitis coignetiae – Crimson Glory Vine
Weigela florida ‘White Knight’
x Heucherella ‘Yellowstone Falls’ – Foamy Bells

Lerner Garden of the Five Senses
Acer tataricum Hot Wings ‘GarAnn’ – Hot Wings Tatarian Maple
Allium ‘Globemaster’ – Ornamental Onion
Carpinus japonica – Japanese Hornbeam
Chamaepericlymenum canadense – Bunchberry
Delphinium ‘Pagan Purples’ New Millenium Series –Larkspur
Festuca glauca ‘Elijah Blue’ – Blue Fescue
Filipendula camtschatica – Meadowsweet
Fragaria vesca ‘Improved Rugen’ – Woodland Strawberry
Heuchera ‘Georgia Peach’ – Coral Bells
Hydrangea anomala ssp. Petiolaris – Climbing Hydrangea
Iris laevigata ‘Variegata’ – Japanese Water Iris
Iris sibirica ‘Butter and Sugar’ – Siberian Iris
Lavandula angustifolia ‘Hidcote Variety’ – English Lavender
Polygonatum biflorum – Small Solomon’s-seal
Primula x bullesiana – Candelabra Primrose
Pulsatilla vulgaris ‘Rote Glocke’ – Pasque Flower
Rheum ‘Ace of Hearts’ – Ornamental Rhubarb
Rheum palmatum var. tanguticum ‘Red Selection’ – Ornamental Rhubarb
Rheum Pubescent Form – Rhubarb (Pubescent Form)
Rhododendron x viscosepalum
Rosa All the Rage Easy Elegance ‘BaIrage’ – All the Rage Easy Elegance Rose
Rosa ‘Nearly Wild’ – Floribunda Rose
Rosa ‘RADcor’ – Rainbow Knock Out Shrub Rose
Salvia argentea ‘Hobbit’s Foot’ – Silver Sage
Salvia nemorosa ‘Caradonna’ – Meadow Sage
Sedum rupestre ‘Angelina’ – Stonecrop
Syringa pubescens ssp. patula ‘Miss Kim’ –Manchurian Lilac
Thymus serpyllum ‘Pink Chintz’ – Wild Thyme
Vaccinium ‘Sunshine Blue’ – Highbush Blueberry
Weigela Wine & Roses ‘Alexandra’ – Wine and Roses Weigela

Burpee Kitchen Garden and Terrace
Alchemilla mollis – Lady’s Mantle
Baptisia sphaerocarpa ‘Screamin’ Yellow’ – Yellow Wild Indigo
Benthamidia japonica – Japanese Dogwood
Benthamidia japonica var. chinensis – Chinese Dogwood
Euphorbia epithymoides – Cushion Spurge
Festuca glauca Beyond Blue ‘Casca11’ – Beyond Blue Fescue
Geranium maculatum ‘Espresso’ – Cranesbill
Magnolia ashei – Ashe’s Magnolia
Paeonia lactiflora ‘Primevere’ – Common Garden Peony
Paeonia ‘Singing in the Rain’ – Intersectional (Itoh) Peony
Phytolacca acinosa – Indian Pokeweed
Potentilla fruticosa ‘Katherine Dykes’ – Shrubby Cinquefoil
Potentilla fruticosa ‘Primrose Beauty’ – Shrubby Cinquefoil
Rhododendron ‘Klondyke’ – Azalea
Thalictrum aquilegiifolium ‘Thundercloud’ – Meadow-rue
Viola walteri ‘Silver Gem’ – Prostrate Blue Violet
Allium hollandicum ‘Purple Sensation’ – Ornamental Onion

Visitor Center
Enkianthus campanulatus ‘Albiflorus’ – White Flowering Redvein Enkianthus
Heuchera ‘Fandango’ – Coral Bells
Hydrangea anomala ssp. Petiolaris – Climbing Hydrangea
Magnolia virginiana – Sweet Bay
Nepeta x faassenii ‘Walker’s Low’ – Catmint
Sorbus decora – Showy Mountain Ash

Woodland Garden
Aquilegia buergeriana ‘Calimero’ – Columbine
Aquilegia ‘Origami White’ Origami Series – Origami Series Columbine
Arisaema candidissimum Pink-flowered – (Pink-flowered) White-striped Cobra Lily
Benthamidia japonica Crown Jewel ‘Madison’ – Crown Jewel Dogwood
Benthamidia japonica ‘Square Dance’ – Dogwood
Benthamidia japonica ‘Temple Jewel’ – Dogwood
Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’ – Siberian Bugloss
Clematis viticaulis – Grape Clematis
Cypripedium kentuckiense – Kentucky Lady’s Slipper
Helleborus niger Ivory Prince ‘Walhelivor’ – Ivory Prince Lenten Rose
Helleborus x hybridus ‘Bridal Queen’ – Lenten Rose
Iris x robusta ‘Gerald Darby’
Polygonatum falcatum ‘Wedding Bells’ – Solomon’s-seal
Tiarella ‘Candy Striper’ – Foamflower
Tricyrtis formosana ‘Autumn Glow’ – Toad Lily
Rosa ‘Robusta’

Milkweed for Monarchs

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

It is incredibly important to grow enough milkweed to support and grow monarch populations. Milkweed comes in many varieties, and is the only food source for monarch caterpillars. Not only are the leaves essential for monarch caterpillar growth, but the flowers help nourish the adult butterflies as well. The amount of wild milkweed has declined in past years, and horticulturists and home gardeners alike have been working to restore it. This past year, there were less than 275,000 monarchs overwintering in Mexico, and that number was even further reduced by a late winter storm. By comparison, the most recent peak year of 1997 had over 1.2 million monarchs overwintering in the Mexican forest. Increasingly, researchers are finding: no milkweed, no monarchs.

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The native species of milkweed in the Northeast that we are propagating here at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens are swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata), orange milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa), and common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca). Horticulturist and propagator Dan Robarts is growing large amounts of these three varieties, in addition to experimenting with some small numbers of other beautiful – if not native – varieties.

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Asclepias incarnata shown growing here in the greenhouse prior to blooming.

Asclepias incarnata shown growing here in the greenhouse prior to blooming.


Swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) grows well in regular gardens, as well as in wet, swampy areas. This milkweed is “clump forming,” meaning it will grow in clumps and does not spread as aggressively as other types. The regular variety of A. incarnata is pink, but it also comes in a beautiful white variety known as ‘Ice Ballet.’ Both varieties are planted in our gardens.

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Orange milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa) likes drier areas and climates. It comes in another variety by the name of ‘Hello Yellow’ that has vibrant yellow flowers. Both the orange and ‘Hello Yellow’ varieties are planted within our gardens. A. tuberosa are great because not only are they beautiful and helpful to our ecosystem by providing food for monarchs, the deer tend to leave them alone.

Common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) is large and bushy, and grows steadily. This variety will take over a garden or field, making them great for naturalizing meadows. However, they may not be so great for a small garden, as it is hard to control the plant’s spreading tendencies.

If you do not garden in the Northeast but would like to grow milkweed that is native to your area, visit the PDF site below for more information based on your region. Save the monarchs!
http://monarchjointventure.org/images/uploads/documents/MilkweedFactSheetFINAL.pdf

— Sarah, Social Media Intern

What’s in Bloom – June 2, 2016

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

Staff Picks

Allium
Allium ‘Purple Sensation’ is a sensation in the Kitchen Garden! – Diane, horticulturist

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The Rheum ‘Ace of Hearts’ (ornamental rhubarb) is looking quite fine in the Lerner Garden. There are several other species and cultivars throughout the gardens that will be in bloom as well. – Will, horticulturist

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Cerastium tomentosum ‘Yo Yo,’ also known as Snow-in-Summer has just started its bloom! This beautiful ground cover lives up to its name, forming a blanket of white flowers over silvery foliage in early summer. Come see it blooming in the Perennial and Rose Garden. – Syretha, horticulturist

Ajuga reptans 'Alfredda' Chocolate Chip Bugleweed
Depending on the gardener, Ajuga reptans ‘Alfredda’ Chocolate Chip Bugleweed is either looked at as a ground cover or a weed. Ajuga Chocolate Chip is a bit better behaved than its species parent, but still an enthusiastic grower so don’t put it where it can’t sprawl. – Patty, horticulturist

Acer palmatum 'Orange Dream'
A beautiful cultivar of Acer palmatum, ‘Orange Dream.’ The brilliant foliage starts in shades of chartreuse and yellow, then turns orange and red in fall. This one has been a little difficult to place in order to keep the tender foliage from getting scalded. For now, it calls the Woodland Garden home. – Sharmon, horticulturist

Disporum cantoniense
This is a lone Disporum cantoniense, or fairy bells, in the Woodland Garden. Although originating in temperate and tropical Asia, it stills looks right at home in this woodland setting. – Sharmon, horticulturist

Rhododendron 'Solidarity'
Rhododendron ‘Solidarity’ magenta pink blooms fade to baby pink in an impressive display in the Giles Rhododendron Garden! – Dan, horticulturist

Full Blooming List

Check out the Giles Rhododendron Garden this week – not only are the rhododendron peaking, but you might find a rogue horticulturist hiding under the hosta!
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Empress Wu with Dan

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

Burpee Kitchen Garden
Allium hollandicum ‘Purple Sensation’ – Ornamental Onion
Alchemilla mollis – Lady’s Mantle
Aurinia saxatalis ‘Sulphurea’ – Basket-of-gold
Euphorbia epithymoides – Cushion Spurge
Geranium maculatum ‘Espresso’ – Cranesbill
Malus domestica ‘McIntosh’ – Apple
Malus ‘Prairiefire’ – Flowering Crabapple
Malus ‘Spring Snow’ – Flowering Crabapple
Pulmonaria ‘Majeste’ – Lungwort
Rhododendron ‘Emerald Ice’
Syringa vulgaris ‘Charles Joly’ – French Lilac

Bibby and Harold Alfond Children’s Garden
Allium ‘Globemaster’ – Ornamental Onion
Amelanchier alnifolia ‘Regent’ – Saskatoon
Amelanchier nantucketensis – Nantucket Shadbush
Amsonia rigida – Stiff Blue Star
Arisaema triphyllum Mrs. French’s Veined Form (#2) – Jack-in-the-pulpit (Mrs. French’s Veined Form)
Benthamidia florida ‘Appalachian Spring’ Flowering Dogwood
Brunnera macrophylla ‘Hadspen Cream’ – Siberian Bugloss
Brunnera macrophylla ‘Silver Wings’ – Siberian Bugloss
Cercis canadensis Minnesota Strain – Redbud (Minnesota Strain)
Chamaepericlymenum canadense – Bunchberry
Corylopsis glabrescens ‘Longwood Chimes’ – Fragrant Winter Hazel
Corylopsis pauciflora – Buttercup Winter Hazel
Dysosma delavayi var. – Chinese Mayapple
Dysosma tsayuensis
Enkianthus perulatus – White Enkianthus
Epimedium ‘Pink Champagne’ – Barrenwort
Erythronium revolutum – Pink Fawn-lily
Fothergilla major ‘Red Licorice’
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 ‘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
Lathyrus vernus ‘Alboroseus’ – Spring Pea
Leucothoe fontanesiana ‘Rainbow’ – Dog-hobble
Magnolia ‘Anticipation’
Malus ‘Aunt Penelope’ – Winslow Apple
Malus ‘Grimes Golden’ – Apple
Malus ‘Northern Spy’ – Apple
Malus ‘Winekist’ – Apple
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
Podophyllum pleianthum Marbled Leaves, Red-flowered – Chinese Mayapple
Polygonatum humile Case Form – Dwarf Solomon’s-seal (Case Form)
Polygonatum odoratum ‘Byakko’ – White Tiger Fragrant Solomon’s-seal
Primula kisoana – Primrose
Pulmonaria ‘Raspberry Splash’ – Lungwort
Rhododendron ‘Blue Baron’
Rhododendron ‘Mary Belle’
Syringa [Tinkerbelle] = ‘Bailbelle’ – Tinkerbelle Dwarf Lilac
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 linifolia Species Group – Flax-leaved Tulip
Tulipa saxatilis Species Group – Candia Tulip
Vaccinium angustifolium Lowbush Blueberry
Vaccinium corymbosum ‘Bluetta’ – Highbush Blueberry
Vaccinium corymbosum ‘Chandler’ – Highbush Blueberry
Vaccinium corymbosum ‘Earliblue’ – Highbush Blueberry

Bosarge Family Education Center
Amelanchier x grandiflora ‘Autumn Brilliance’ – Apple Serviceberry
Amelanchier x grandiflora ‘Cole’s Select’ – Serviceberry
Cercis canadensis Minnesota Strain – Redbud (Minnesota Strain)
Cymophyllus fraserianus – Fraser’s Sedge
Gaylussacia brachycera – Box-huckleberry
Geranium maculatum – Spotted Cranesbill
Polygonatum commutatum 3W.MASS/3 NC – Solomon’s-seal
Rhododendron degronianum ssp. yakushimanum Berg Form
Rosa carolina – Carolina Rose
Sanguinaria canadensis – Bloodroot
Trillium cuneatum Deep yellow-green – Little Sweet Betsy
Trillium flexipes Alabama – Nodding Wakerobin
Trillium oostingii Dark flower – Wateree Trillium
Uvularia grandiflora – Bellwort

Entry Walk
Amsonia ciliata ‘Spring Sky’ – Fringed Blue Star
Arctostaphylos uva-ursi ‘Massachusetts’ – Bearberry
Arisaema erubescens – Blushing Cobra Lily
Arisaema sikokianum – Japanese Cobra Lily
Chaenomeles speciosa ‘Cameo’ – Flowering Quince
Daphne x transatlantica [Eternal Fragrance] = ‘BLAFRA’ – Eternal Fragrance Daphne
Erica carnea ‘December Red’ – Scotch Heath
Euphorbia x martini ‘Ascot Rainbow’ – Spurge
Fothergilla major – Large Fothergilla
Fothergilla x intermedia ‘Mt. Airy’
Polygonatum odoratum ‘Variegatum’ – Variegated Fragrant Solomon’s-seal
Saruma henryi – Upright Wild Ginger
Tiarella cordifolia var. cordifolia – Foamflower
Vaccinium angustifolium – Lowbush Blueberry
Vaccinium corymbosum ‘Blueray’ – Highbush Blueberry
Veronica ‘Waterperry Blue’ – Speedwell
Viburnum carlesii – Korean Spice Viburnum

Event Lawn
Amsonia tabernaemontana ‘Montana’ – Blue Star
Digitalis purpurea ‘Dalmation White’ – Foxglove
Hyacinthoides hispanica – Spanish Bluebell Mixture
Narcissus ‘Double Smiles’ Double Group – Double Daffodil
Narcissus ‘Kokopelli’ Jonquilla Group – Jonquilla Daffodil
Polemonium reptans ‘Stairway to Heaven’ – Variegated Jacob’s Ladder
Pulmonaria ‘Silver Shimmers’ – Lungwort
Salvia x sylvestris ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ – Wood Sage
Uvularia grandiflora – Bellwort
Vaccinium angustifolium – Lowbush Blueberry

Slater Forest Pond & Stream
Andromeda polifolia ‘Blue Ice’ – Bog Rosemary
Caltha palustris – Marsh Marigold
Epimedium grandiflorum – Barrenwort (White Selection)
Epimedium grandiflorum ‘Queen Esta’ – Barrenwort
Epimedium grandiflorum ‘Saxton’s Purple’ – Barrenwort
Fothergilla x intermedia ‘Mt. Airy’
Helleborus [Brandywine] – Brandywine Lenten Rose
Narcissus ‘Sun Disc’ Jonquilla Group – Jonquilla Daffodil
Orixa japonica ‘Pearl Frost’ – Japanese Orixa
Polygonatum odoratum ‘Variegatum’ – Variegated Fragrant Solomon’s-seal
Primula japonica – Japanese Primrose
Primula x bullesiana – Candelabra Primrose
Trillium sulcatum – Southern Red Trillium
Vaccinium angustifolium – Lowbush Blueberry
Cornus mas ‘Golden Glory’ – Cornelian Cherry Dogwood
Euphorbia epithymoides – Cushion Spurge
Fothergilla x intermedia ‘Mt. Airy’
Leucojum aestivum ‘Gravetye Giant’ – Summer Snowflake
Narcissus ‘Double Smiles’ Double Group – Double Daffodil

Founder’s Grove
Heuchera ‘Fandango’ – Coral Bells
Vaccinium angustifolium – Lowbush Blueberry

Great Lawn
Magnolia ‘Sunspire’
Narcissus Perennializing Premium Mix – Perennializing Premium Daffodil Mix
Amsonia hubrichtii – Blue Star Amsonia
Narcissus ‘Actaea’ – Poeticus Daffodil
Phlox stolonifera ‘Blue Ridge’ – Creeping Phlox
Rudbeckia subtomentosa ‘Henry Eilers’ – Sweet Coneflower
Viburnum prunifolium – Black Haw
Rhus aromatica ‘Gro-low’ – Fragrant Sumac

Haney Hillside Garden
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
Fothergilla gardenii ‘Harold Epstein’ – Dwarf Fothergilla
Pieris floribunda – Mountain Fetterbush
Sambucus racemosa ssp. pubens – American Red Elder
Rhododendron canadense – Rhodora
Vaccinium corymbosum – Highbush Blueberry
Dicentra ‘King of Hearts’ – Bleeding-heart
Fothergilla x intermedia ‘Mt. Airy’
Magnolia ‘Butterflies’
Sambucus racemosa ssp. pubens – American Red Elder
Vaccinium angustifolium – Lowbush Blueberry
Vaccinium corymbosum ‘Rubel’ – Highbush Blueberry
Viburnum lantanoides – Hobblebush

Norweb Entrance Garden
Chamaepericlymenum canadense – Bunchberry
Cypripedium Gisela g. – Lady’s Slipper
Leucojum aestivum ‘Gravetye Giant’ – Summer Snowflake
Narcissus ‘Lemon Drops’ Triandrus Group – Triandrus Daffodil
Narcissus ‘Manly’ Double Group – Double Daffodil
Rhododendron ‘Boule de Neige’
Rhododendron canadense – Rhodora
Rhododendron ‘Mary Fleming’

Vayo Meditation Garden
Ajuga reptans [Chocolate Chip] = ‘Alfredda’ – Chocolate Chip Bugleweed
Carex siderosticta ‘Golden Falls’ – Broadleaf Sedge
Chamaepericlymenum canadense – Bunchberry
Epimedium ‘Fire Dragon’ – Barrenwort
Epimedium grandiflorum forma flavescens ‘Chocolate Lace’ – Barrenwort
Epimedium grandiflorum ‘Pseudo-Larchmont’ – Barrenwort
Helleborus argutifolius – Corsican Hellebore
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
Rhododendron schlippenbachii – Royal Azalea

Giles Rhododendron Garden
Cercis canadensis ‘Tennessee Pink’ – Eastern Redbud
Darmera peltata – Umbrella Plant
Epimedium grandiflorum ‘Lilafee’ – Barrenwort
Epimedium x youngianum ‘Niveum’ – Barrenwort
Geranium macrorrhizum ‘Variegatum’ – Bigroot Geranium
Helleborus odorus – Hellebore
Helleborus orientalis ‘Pink Lady’ – Lenten Rose
Helleborus x hybridus ‘Winter Dreams Cassis Red’ – Lenten Rose (Red Clone Form)
Hyacinthoides hispanica ‘Excelsior’ – Spanish Bluebell
Hyacinthoides hispanica ‘Rose’ – Spanish Bluebell
Hyacinthoides hispanica ‘White City’ – Spanish Bluebell
Lamprocapnos spectabilis ex ‘Valentine’ – Bleeding-heart (‘Valentine’ Seedling)
Narcissus ‘Altruist’ – Small-cupped Daffodil
Narcissus ‘Hawera’ Triandrus Group – Triandrus Daffodil
Narcissus ‘Jetfire’ Cyclamineus Group – Cyclamineus Daffodil
Narcissus ‘Pueblo’ Jonquilla Group – Jonquilla Daffodil
Narcissus ‘Thalia’ Triandrus Group – Triandrus Daffodil
Paeonia obovata ssp. obovata – Peony
Pieris japonica ‘Mountain Fire’ – Japanese Pieris
Polygonatum odoratum ‘Variegatum’ – Variegated Fragrant Solomon’s-seal
Primula japonica – Japanese Primrose
Rhododendron (PJM Group) ‘Checkmate’
Rhododendron ‘Anna H. Hall’
Rhododendron ‘April Gem’
Rhododendron ‘April Snow’
Rhododendron ‘Atroflo’
Rhododendron ‘Big Deal’
Rhododendron ‘Black Satin’
Rhododendron ‘Blewbury’
Rhododendron ‘Blue Baron’
Rhododendron ‘Boule de Neige’
Rhododendron ‘Buzzer Beater’ – Raise the Roof Series
Rhododendron ‘Caronella’
Rhododendron ‘Cherry Cheesecake’
Rhododendron ‘Crete’
Rhododendron ‘Cunningham’s White’
Rhododendron ‘Dexter’s Appleblossom’
Rhododendron ‘Dreamland’
Rhododendron ‘Elvira’
Rhododendron ‘Golden Star’
Rhododendron ‘Hal Bruce’
Rhododendron hippophaeoides
Rhododendron ‘Ingrid Mehlquist’
Rhododendron ‘Jericho’
Rhododendron ‘Ken Janeck’
Rhododendron kiusianum – Azalea
Rhododendron ‘Lemon Dream’
Rhododendron ‘Mary Fleming’
Rhododendron metternichii var. metternichii – Leatherleaf Rhododendron
Rhododendron ‘Olga Mezitt’
Rhododendron ‘Party Pink’
Rhododendron ‘Patty Bee’
Rhododendron ‘PJM’
Rhododendron ‘Pohjola’s Daughter’
Rhododendron ‘Princess Anne’
Rhododendron ‘Purple Gem’
Rhododendron ‘Rangoon’
Rhododendron ‘Scintillation’
Rhododendron ‘Solidarity’
Rhododendron ‘Stewartstonian’ – Azalea
Rhododendron trichostomum
Rhododendron ‘Tripoli’
Rhododendron vaseyi ‘White Find’ – Pinkshell Azalea
Rhododendron ‘Very Berry’
Rhododendron ‘Windbeam’
Rhododendron ‘Wintonbury’
Rhododendron ‘Yaku Jock’
Rhododendron yedoense var. poukhanense – Yodogawa Azalea
Rhododendron yedoense var. poukhanense ‘Compacta’ – Compact Korean Azalea
Vaccinium angustifolium – Lowbush Blueberry
Viburnum x burkwoodii – Burkwood’s Viburnum

Rose & Perennial Garden
Allium ‘Purple Caila’ – Ornamental Allium
Arctostaphylos uva-ursi ‘Massachusetts’ – Bearberry
Aurinia saxatalis ‘Compacta’ – Basket-of-gold
Cerastium tomentosum ‘Yo Yo’ – Snow-in-summer
Cercis canadensis [Lavender Twist] = ‘Covey’ – Eastern Redbud
Chaenomeles speciosa ‘Scarlet Storm’ – Double Take Series Flowering Quince
Convallaria majalis var. rosea – Lily-of-the-valley
Euphorbia epithymoides ‘First Blush’ – Cushion Spurge
Fritillaria imperialis ‘Maxima Lutea’ – Crown Imperial
Geum rivale ‘Flames of Passion’ – Avens
Hypericum cerastoides – Alpine St. John’s Wort
Narcissus ‘Thalia’ Triandrus Group – Triandrus Daffodil
Nepeta ‘Early Bird’ – Catmint
Polemonium ‘Heaven Scent’ – Jacob’s Ladder
Primula ‘Jay-Jay’ – Primrose
Pulsatilla vulgaris – Pasque Flower
Sanguinaria canadensis – Bloodroot
Sedum ternatum ‘Larinem Park’ – Stonecrop
Spiraea thunbergii [Mellow Yellow] = ‘Ogon’ – Mellow Yellow Spiraea
Syringa [Tinkerbelle] = ‘Bailbelle’ – Tinkerbelle Dwarf Lilac
Tulipa (Kaufmanniana Group) ‘Ancilla’ – Kaufmanniana Tulip

Lerner Garden of the Five Senses
Allium schoenoprasum – Chives
Daphne x burkwoodii ‘Carol Mackie’ – Variegated Daphne
Darmera peltata – Umbrella Plant
Diphylleia cymosa – Umbrella-leaf
Dodecatheon clevelandii ssp. insulare – Padre’s Shootingstar
Epimedium ‘Amber Queen’ – Barrenwort
Epimedium ‘Domino’ – Barrenwort
Epimedium grandiflorum ‘Circe’ – Barrenwort
Epimedium grandiflorum var. higoense ‘Bandit’ – Barrenwort
Epimedium ‘Lemon Zest’ – Barrenwort
Epimedium x versicolor ‘Cherry Tart’ – Bicolor Barrenwort
Fothergilla x intermedia ‘Blue Shadow’
Fragaria vesca ‘Improved Rugen’ – Woodland Strawberry
Glaucidium palmatum – Japanese Wood Poppy
Helleborus x hybridus ‘White Lady Spotted’ – Lenten Rose
Lamprocapnos spectabilis ‘Valentine’ – Bleeding-heart
Lysichiton camtschatcensis – Asian Skunk Cabbage
Magnolia ‘Sunburst’
Mertensia virginica – Virginia Bluebells
Paeonia mlokosewitschii ‘Red Form’ – Caucasian Peony
Paeonia mollis – Downy-leaved Peony
Paeonia obovata ssp. obovata – Peony
Phlox stolonifera ‘Blue Ridge’ – Creeping Phlox
Phlox stolonifera ‘Sherwood Purple’ – Creeping Phlox
Pieris floribunda – Mountain Fetterbush
Polygonatum falcatum – Solomon’s-seal (Dwarf Form)
Pulmonaria ‘Majeste’ – Lungwort
Pulmonaria ‘Raspberry Splash’ – Lungwort
Pulsatilla vulgaris ‘Rote Glocke’ – Pasque Flower
Rheum Pubescent Form – Rhubarb (Pubescent Form)
Rhododendron ‘Landmark’
Thymus serpyllum ‘Pink Chintz’ – Wild Thyme
Vaccinium ‘Sunshine Blue’ – Highbush Blueberry
Viburnum carlesii – Korean Spice Viburnum
Viburnum ‘Emerald Triumph’

Woodland Garden
Anemone sylvestris – Snowdrop Windflower
Aquilegia buergeriana ‘Calimero’ – Columbine
Aquilegia ‘Origami White’ – Origami Series Columbine
Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’ – Siberian Bugloss
Convallaria majalis var. rosea – Lily-of-the-valley
Cypripedium Gisela g. – Lady’s Slipper
Cypripedium parviflorum var. pubescens – Large Yellow Lady’s Slipper
Epimedium acuminatum ‘Ruby Shan’
Epimedium ‘Chocolatte’ – Barrenwort
Epimedium ‘Dancing Stars’ – Fairy Wings
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
Geranium ‘Sue Crug’ – Cranesbill
Helleborus niger [Ivory Prince] = ‘Walhelivor’ – Ivory Prince Lenten Rose
Helleborus x hybridus ‘Bridal Queen’ – Lenten Rose
Mertensia virginica – Virginia Bluebells
Polygonatum x hybridum ‘Valerie’s Song’ – Solomon’s-seal
Rhododendron ‘April Snow’
Tiarella ‘Candy Striper’ – Foamflower

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

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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

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

5-5 LYSICHITON CAMTSCHATCENSIS-DSC_4793_SZ336
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