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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

What’s in Bloom This Week

Friday, July 31st, 2015

Giles Rhododendron Garden:
Hostas all coming into bloom!
Anemone coronaria ‘Mr Fokker’
Rhododendron
Thalictrum flavun ssp. Glaucum
Geranium Gerwat aka ‘Rozanne’
Astilbes are popping
Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’
Dicentra ‘Burning Hearts’
Iris ensata ‘Emotion’

Bosarge Education Center:
Gillenia trifoliata
Asclepias incarnata ‘Ice Ballet’
Asclepias speciosa
Various Coreopsis hybrids ( E.g., Cha Cha Cha)
Eryngium ‘Big Blue’
Rudbeckia hirta
Rosa caroliniana
Echinacea purpurea
Stokesia ‘Color Wheel’

Burpee Kitchen Garden & Environs:
Helianthus ‘Buttercream’
Amaranthus cruentas ‘Hot Biscuits’
Echinacea ‘Milkshake’
Petunia ‘Indian Summer’
Solanum pycnanthemum – aka Porcupine Tomato
Cucurbita maxima Galeux D’ Eysines
Tropaeolum majus ‘Spitfire’

Cleaver Event Lawn:
Boatloads of Echinacea and Astilbe all abloom
Digiplexis “Illumination Flame’ & ‘Illumination Raspberry’
Liatris ‘Floristan Weiss’
Petunia ‘African Sunset’ – Juicy color! Must see!

Woodland Garden:
Hosta ‘Lakeside Shore Master’ and ‘Frances Williams’
Geranium ‘Sue Crug’ — Cranesbill
Angelonia ‘Dangeloni4’ – Alonia White Angelonia
Hellebores
Veratrum formosanum

Norweb Entrance Garden:
Zantedeschia ‘Edge of Night’ – Calla Lily (In Containers)
Hemerocallis – Daylily
Clematis ‘Zorero’ – I am Red Robin Clematis

Alfond Children’s Garden:
Dahlias – Rose Dinnerplate Mix, and Yellow Passion’ Dinnerplate.
Invincibelle spirit smooth hydrangea and ‘A.G. Annabelle’
Ligularia japonica – Japanese Ligularia
Acanthus hungaricus – Bear’s Breeches
Clematis ‘Polish Spirit’
Leucanthemum X superbum ‘Becky’ – Shasta Daisy
Digitalis ferruginea – Rusty Foxglove
Lots of different Dalylillies around Blueberry Pond: Hemerocallis varieties include ‘French Tudor,’ ‘Boothbay Delight,’ ‘Notify Ground Crew,’ ‘Fairy Tale Pink,’ and ‘Baja’

Lerner Garden and Forest Pond:
Shasta Daisies
Geranium ‘Pink Penny’ – Cranesbill
Hemerocallis cvs. – Daylily
Helenium ‘Mardi Gras’ – Sneeze Weed
Rudbeckia ‘Goldstrum’ – Black-eyed Susan
Gentiana ‘True Blue’

Perennial and Rose Garden
Coreopsis ‘Route 66’ and ‘Red Satin’
Hemerocallis ‘Chicago Knockout’ and citrina
Echinaceas purpurea ‘Magnus’ and purpurea ‘Virgin’
Gomphrena QIS Formula Mix
Ptilotus nobilis ‘Joey’
Delphinium elatum ‘Blue Lace’
Lonicera sempervirens ‘John Clayton’
Liatris spicata ‘Kobold’
Achillea ‘Coronation Gold’
Eryngium planum ‘Blue Hobbit’ and planum ‘Blue Glitter’
Allium sphaerocephalon
Agastaches ‘Black Adder,’ cana ‘Rosita,’ and ‘Blue Blazes’ are all in bloom
Calycanthus ‘Aphrodite’

Great Lawn
Hemerocallis in bloom include ‘Hyperion,’ ‘Hush Little Baby,’ and citrina
Echinaceas in bloom include ‘Kim’s Knee High,’ purpurea ‘White Swan,’ ‘Balsomsed,’ ‘Evan Saul,’ x hybrida ‘Balsomcor,’ ‘Balsomselo,’ purpurea ‘Pica Bella,’ and ‘Hot Papaya’
Stachys officinalis
Thalictrum rochebruneanum
Physostegia virginiana – Obedient Plant
Aesclepias curasava
Filipendula rubra ‘Venusta’
Heliopsis helianthoides var. scabra ‘Sommersonne’
Silybum marianum

Haney Hillside:
Dicentra – bleeding hearts still in flower
The Haney Hillside and Vayo Meditation Garden are lush and spectacular!

Visitor Center Entrance Walkway:
Phygelius x rectus ‘Devil’s Tears’ – cape fuchsia
Canna ‘Phaison’ Bengal Tiger
Lavandula ‘Phenomenal’
Agastache ‘Blue Fortune’

What’s in Bloom This Week

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

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Giles Rhododendron Garden:
Hostas all coming into bloom! ‘Hadspen Blue’ is especially nice.
Anemone coronaria ‘Mr Fokker’
Rhododendron ‘Weston Sparkler’
Rhododendron ‘Weston’s Innocence’
Rhododendron ‘Milenium’
Rhododendron ‘Seabreeze’
Rhododendron maximum
Thalictrum flavum ssp. glaucum
Geranium Gerwat aka ‘Rozanne’
Astilbes are popping:
A. arendsii ‘White Gloria’
A. arendsii ‘Rock and Roll’
A. ‘Avalanche’
A. simplicifolia ‘Henne Graafland’
A. japonica ‘Touch Of Pink’
A. thunbergii ‘Ostrich Plume’
Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’
Dicentra ‘Burning Hearts’
Iris ensata ‘Emotion’

Bosarge Education Center:
Gillenia trifoliata
Asclepias incarnata ‘Ice Ballet’
Asclepias speciosa
Various Coreopsis hybrids (E.g., Cha Cha Cha)
Eryngium ‘Big Blue’
Rudbeckia hirta
Rosa caroliniana
Diervilla lonicera

Woodland Garden:
Arisaema candidissimum Pink-flowered Form – White-striped Cobra Lily
Geranium ‘Sue Crug’ – Cranesbill
Tiarella ‘Candy Striper’
Angelonia ‘Dangeloni4’ – Alonia White Angelonia
Hellebores
Veratrum formosanum

Norweb Entrance Garden:
Zantedeschia ‘Edge of Night’ – Calla Lily (In Containers)
Benthamida japonica – Japanese Dogwood
Phedimus floriferus ‘Weihenstephaner Gold’ – Orange Stonecrop
Hemerocallis – Daylily

Lerner Garden and Forest Pond:
Iris ensata – Japanese Iris
Helenium ‘Mardi Gras’ – Sneeze Weed
Hemerocallis ‘Strawberry Candy’ – Daylily
Rosa – Several rose cultivars

Burpee Kitchen Garden:
Helianthus ‘Tiger Eye,’ ‘Buttercream,’ ‘Italian White’
Allium sphaerocephalon
Calendula cvs
Agastache cvs
Garlic scapes looking great (tasty as pesto too!)
Nasturtium ‘Spitfire’

Cleaver Event Lawn:
Phlox paniculata ‘Danielle’
Astilbe cvs: large drifts all aflower
Echinacea cvs
Geranium ‘Rozanne’
Thalictrum rochenbrunianum

Perennial and Rose Garden:
-Liatris spicata ‘Kobold’ – Gay-feather
-Lavandula angustifolia ‘Hidcote’ – English Lavender
-Achillea ‘Coronation gold’ – Yarrow
-Allium sphaerocephalon – Drumstick Allium
-Eryngium planum ‘Blue Glitter’ – Blue Eryngo
-Delphinium elatum ‘Blue Lace’ – Larkspur
-Echinacea purpurea ‘Virgin’ and ‘Magnum’ – coneflower
-Hemerocalis ‘Hush Little Baby’ – Daylily

Great Lawn Beds:
-Silybum marianum Milk Thistle just starting to bloom!
-Echinacea- ‘Hot Papaya,’ ‘Pica Bella,’ ‘Evan Saul,’ and ‘Balsomcor’ all look great
-Callirhoe involucrata – Purple Poppy Mallow
-Heliopsis helianthoides ‘Sommersonne’ – summer sun false sunflower

Alfond Children’s Garden:
Hemerocalis ‘French Tudor’ Daylily, also ‘Fairy Tale Pink’ and ‘Baja’
Leucanthemum x supernumerary ‘Becky’ – Shasta Daisy
Dahlia ‘Yellow Passion’ – Dinnerplate Dahlias
Hydrangeas – invincible spirit smooth hydrangea
Ligularia japonica
Helenium ‘Moerheim Beauty’ – sneeze weed
Hosta ‘Blue Mouse Ears’ – Plantain Lily
Petrorhagia saxifraga – Tunic Flower
Echinacea ‘Rubinstern’ – Ruby Star Purple Coneflower
Digitalis ferruginea – Rusty Foxglove
Clematis ‘Polish spirit’
Rhododendron ‘Weston’s Sparkler’ – Azalea
Veronica ‘Purpleicious’ – Spiked speedwell

Visitor Center Entrance Walk:
Calycanthus x ‘Aphrodite’
Begonia ‘Whopper Red’
Cestrum ‘Orange Peel’
Digitalis
Osteospermum

Haney Hillside:
Ceanothus americanus – New Jersey Tea
Dicentra – Bleeding Heart

What’s in Bloom This Week

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

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Alfond Children’s Garden:
Lavendula angustifolia ‘Hidcote’ — English Lavender
Hydrangea arborescens ‘NCHA1’ — Invincibelle Spirit Smooth Hydrangea at the entrance surrounding the whales
Leucanthemum X superbum ‘Becky’ — Shasta Daisy
Veronica ‘Purpleicious’ — Spiked Speedwell
Salvia nemorosa ‘Cardonna’ — Meadow Sage
Helenium ‘Moerheim Beauty’ — Sneezeweed
Salvia verticillata ‘Endless Love’ — Lilac Sage
Iris ensata ‘Lion King’ — Japanese Iris
Calendula, Yarrow, Echinacea and Chamomile still blooming in the physic garden
Monarda ‘Jacob Cline’ — Bee Balm now blooming in the physic garden!
Clematis ‘Nelly Moser’
Lowbush blueberries are just starting to ripen on Blueberry Island! (Yum!)

Lerner Garden and Forest Pond:
Achillia ‘Moonshine’ — Yarrow
Philadelphus ‘Snowflake’ — Mock Orange
Rogersia pinnata ‘Chocolate Wings’ — Rodger’s Flower
Rosa ‘Nearly Wild’
Rosa ‘Rainbow Knockout’

Haney Hillside:
Penstemon digitalis ‘Husker’s Red’ — Beard-tongue
Penstemon calycosus — Long-sepaled Beard-tongue
Penstemon smalli — Small Beard-tongue

Woodland Garden:
Arisaema candidissimum Pink-flowered Form — White-striped Cobra Lily
Benthamidia japonica ‘Madison’ – Crown Jewel Dogwood
Benthamidia japonica ‘Square Dance’ — Dogwood
Geranium ‘Sue Crug’ — Cranesbill
Tiarella ‘Candy Striper’
Angelonia ‘Dangeloni4’ – Alonia White Angelonia
Hellebores

Norweb Entrance Garden:
Zantedeschia ‘Edge of Night’ – Calla Lily (In Containers)
Benthamida japonica – Japanese Dogwood
Clematis ‘Zorero’ — I am a Red Robin Clematis
Iris sibirica ‘Harpswell Happiness’ — Siberian Iris
Phedimus floriferus ‘Weihenstephaner Gold’ – Orange Stonecrop
Lupinus ‘Noble Maiden’ – Lupine
Hemerocallis – Daylily

Perennial and Rose Garden:
Hydrangea arborescens ‘A.G. Annabelle’
Rosa ‘BAIset’
Astilbe ‘Peaches and Cream’
Rhododendron ‘Golden Showers’
Hemerocallis ‘Chicago Knockout’ (above 5 all located in the bed between the Children’s Garden and the Perennial and Rose Garden)
Echinaceas are beginning to bloom! In this garden, that includes: purpurea ‘Virgin,’ purpurea ‘Magnus,’ and paradoxa
Last week to catch the Kniphofia uvaria ‘First Sunrise,’ Eremurus stenophyllus, and some roses
Rosa ‘Robusta’
Ligularia ‘Bottle Rocket’
Sempervivum ‘Red Beauty’
Liatris spicata ‘Kobold’
Spirea japonica ‘Anthony Waterer’
Delphinium elatum ‘Blue Lace’

Great Lawn:
Echinaceas, including: ‘Evan Saul,’ x hybrida ‘Balsomcor,’ ‘Balsomselo,’ ‘Pica Bella,’ purpurea ‘Kim’s Knee High,’ and ‘Hot Papaya’
Anthemis ‘Susanna Mitchell’
Salvias blooming include verticillata ‘Purple Rain,’ spendens ‘Ablazin Purple,’ ‘Rose Queen,’ and x sylvestris ‘Blauhugel
Heliopsis helianthoides var. scabra ‘Sommersonne’
Filipendula rubra ‘Venusta’
Callirhoe involucrata
Yucca filamentosa ‘Color Guard’

Giles Rhododendron Garden:
Hosta all coming into bloom!
Anemone coronaria ‘Mr Fokker’
Rhododendron ‘Weston Sparkler’
Benthamidia japonica – ‘Satomi’ and ‘Summer Games’
Geranium Gerwat aka ‘Rozanne’
Kalmia latifolia, and cv. ‘Sarah’
Kalmia ‘Kaleidoscope’
Deutzia gracilis ‘Nikko’
Astilbe ‘Deutchland’

Education Center:
Gillenia trifoliata
Asclepias incarnata ‘Ice Ballet’
Penstemon digitalis ‘Husker Red’
Lilium canadense
Kalmia latifolia
Various Coreopsis hybrids ( E.g., Cha Cha)
Eryngium ‘Big Blue’
Rudbeckia hirta
Rosa caroliniana

Visitor Center Entrance Walk:
Phygelius x rectus ‘Devil’s Tears’
Begonia cvs.
Solanum pyracanthum — porcupine tomato
Calycanthus x raulstonii ‘Hartlage Wine’
Digitalis — foxgloves

Burpee Kitchen Garden:
Allium ‘Hair’
Allium sphaerocephalon
Helianthus ‘Buttercream’
Helianthus ‘Italian White’
Agastache cvs.
Calendula cvs.

Cleaver Event Lawn:
Echinacea paradoxa
Astilbe ‘Rock and Roll’
Morina longifolia
Thalictrum rochebrunianum
Verbascum ‘Christo’s Yellow Lightning’
Astilbe cvs.
Petunia ‘African Sunset’

What’s in Bloom This Week

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

Calendula in ACG
Lerner Garden and Forest Pond:
Primula x bullesiana — Primrose
Achillia ‘Moonshine’ — Yarrow
Syringa reticulata — Japanese Tree Lilac
Philadelphus ‘Snowflake’ — Mock Orange
Paeonia ‘Bartrzella’ — Yellow Itoh Hybrid Peony
Rogersia pinnata ‘Chocolate Wings’ — Rodger’s Flower
Salvia nermosa ‘Caradonna’
Rosa ‘Nearly Wild’
Rosa ‘Rainbow Knockout’
Digitalis grandiflora — Perennial Fox Glove

Giles Rhododendron Garden:
Rhododendron ‘Weston Sparkler’
Benthamidia japonica ‘Satomi’ and ‘Summer Games’
Geranium Gerwat aka ‘Rozanne’
Kalmia latifolia, and cv. ‘Sarah’
Kalmia ‘Kaleidoscope’
Deutzia gracilis ‘Nikko’
Astilbe ‘Deutchland’

Education Center:
Penstemon digitalis ‘Husker Red’
Lilium canadense
Kalmia latifolia
Various Coreopsis hybrids
Eryngium ‘Big Blue’
Rudbeckia hirta

Alfond Children’s Garden:
Achillea ‘Coronation Gold’ — Yarrow
Iris virginica ‘Carl Amason’ — Blur Flag Iris
Nepeta ‘Joanna Reed’ Catmint
Delphinium grandiflorum ‘Dwarf Blue Butterfly’ — Siberian Larkspur
Geranium ‘Tiny Monster’
Gailardia aristata ‘Arizona Apricot’ — Blanket Flower
Veronica ‘Purpleicious’ — Spiked Speedwell
In the physic garden:
– Achillea millefolium ‘Pomegranate’ — Tutti Frutti Series Yarrow
– Calendula officinalis ‘Bon Bon Orange’ Pot-marigold and ‘Resina’ Pot-marigold
– Echinacea purpurea — Eastern Purple Coneflower
– Matricaria recutita – German chamomile

Cleaver Event Lawn:
Morinia longifolia
Echinacea paradoxa
Astilbe ‘Avalanche’
Geranium ‘Rozanne’

Burpee Kitchen Garden:
Papaver somniferum
Eschscholzia californica
BKG containers:
– Emilia javanica
– Brassica juncea cvs
– Pisum sativum ‘Dwarf Grey’
– Calendula cvs

Great Lawn Beds:
Callirhoe involucrata
Salvias x sylvestris ‘Blauhuegel,’ ‘Rose Queen,’ and verticillata ‘Purple Rain’
Anthemis ‘Susanna Mitchell’
Echinacea ‘Hot Papaya’ is beginning
Coreopsis ‘Jethro Tull’
Astilbe x arendsii ‘Bressingham Beauty’
Spirea japonica ‘Alpina’

Perennial and Rose Garden:
Oenothera tetragona
Calycanthus ‘Aphrodite’
Agapanthus ‘Lapis Lazuli’
Astilbe ‘Deutschland’
Many roses still look beautiful, including ‘Kent,’ ‘Radtko,’ ‘Belinda’s Dream,’ ‘Lillian Gibson,’ ‘Prarie Joy,’ ‘John Cabot,’ and ‘BALmas’ among others
Clematis ‘Hagley Hybrid’ and ‘Multi Blue’
Spirea japonica ‘Anthony Waterer’ is just starting
Kniphofia icarian ‘First Sunrise’

Meditation Garden:
Sedum stefco — Stonecrop
Arisaema candidissimun — Pink-striped Cobra Lily

Haney Hillisde:
Kalmia latifolia — Mountain Laurel
Penstemom digitalis ‘Huskers Red’ — Beard-tongue
Penstemon smallii — Small Beard-tongue
Penstemon calycosus — Long-sepaled Beard-tongue
Gillenia trifoliata — Bowman’s Root

VC Entrance Walkway:
Cuphea micropetala — candy corn plant
Phygelius rectus ‘Devil’s Tears’ — cape fuchsia
Cestrum ‘Orange Peel’
Begonia ‘Bepared’ — Dragon Wing red begonia
Anigozanthus ‘Burgundy Jumper’ — kangaroo paw

Woodland Garden:
Arisaema candidissimum Pink-flowered Form – White-striped Cobra Lily
Benthamidia japonica ‘Madison’ – Crown Jewel Dogwood
Benthamidia japonica ‘Square Dance’ Dogwood
Geranium ‘Sue Crug’ – Cranesbill
Tiarella ‘Candy Striper’
Hellebores

Norweb Entrance Garden:
Benthamida japonica – Japanese Dogwood
Clematis ‘Matka Urszula Ledóchowska’
Clematis ‘Zorero’ – I am a Red Robin Clematis
Iris sibirica ‘Harpswell Happiness’ – Siberian Iris
Phedimus floriferus ‘Weihenstephaner Gold’ – Orange Stonecrop
Lupinus ‘Noble Maiden’ – Lupine

What’s in Bloom This Week

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Arisaema candidissimum Pink-flowered White-striped Cobra Lily
Woodland Garden:
Arisaema candidissimum Pink-flowered Form – White-striped Cobra Lily
Benthamidia japonica ‘Madison’ – Crown Jewel Dogwood
Benthamidia japonica ‘Square Dance’ Dogwood
Cypripedium kentuckiense – Kentucky Lady’s Slipper
Geranium x cantabrigiense ‘Biokova’ – Cranesbill
Tiarella ‘Candy Striper’
Hellebores

Norweb Entrance Garden:
Benthamida japonica – Japanese Dogwood
Clematis ‘Matka Urszula Ledóchowska’
Clematis ‘Zorero’ — I am a Red Robin Clematis
Phedimus floriferus ‘Weihenstephaner Gold’ – Orange Stonecrop

Alfond Children’s Garden
Veronica ‘Purpleicious’-Spiked Speedwell
Zinnia ‘Profusion Fire’
Astilboides tabularis
Lonicera hirsuta-Hairy Honeysuckle

Giles Rhododendron Garden:
Benthamidia japonica – ‘Satomi’ and ‘Summer Games’
Geranium Gerwat aka ‘Rozanne’
Kalmia angustifolia
Kalmia ‘Kaleidoscope’
Deutzia gracilis ‘Nikko’

Education Center:
Penstemon digitalis ‘Husker Red’
Cypripedium reginae alba
Kalmia latifolia
Various Coreopsis hybrids
Eryngium ‘Big Blue’
Rudbeckia hirta
Baptisia australis. ‘Twilite Prairieblues’

Burpee Kitchen Garden:
Salvia officinalis
Mustard cvs
Calendula cvs
Dianthus ‘Green Ball’
Allium ‘Hair’
Papaver somniferum
Garlic scapes all acurl

Cleaver Event Lawn:
Benthamidia japonic
Syringa retiuclata
Spirea japonica ‘Little Princess’
Chionanthus virginicus – last hoorah
Clematis ochroluca (known as Curlyheads – like an alien plant form; bizarre fun!)

Meditation Garden:
Sedum stefco – Stonecrop
Arisaema candidissimun – Pink-striped Cobra Lily

Haney Hillisde:
Kalmia latifolia, Mountain Laurel
Penstemom digitalis ‘Huskers Red’ , Beard-tongue
Smooth Beard-tongue
Penstemon smallii, Small Beard-tongue
Penstemon calycosus, Long-sepaled Beard-tongue
Gillenia trifoliata, Bowman’s Root

Perennial and Rose Garden
Many Rosa varieties are looking lovely at the moment including: ‘BAlage’ (High Voltage Easy Elegance Rose), ‘Lillian Gibson,’ ‘Wasagaming,’ ‘John Cabot,’ ‘Kent,’ and ‘Lion’s Fairy Tale’
Clematis in bloom include ‘Multi Blue’ and ‘Hagley Hybrid’
Kniphofia uvaria ‘First Sunrise’
Allium schubertii
Echinacea paradoxa

Great Lawn:
Penstemon digitalis ‘Husker Red’
Calliehoe involucrata
Salvias x sylvestris ‘Blauhuegel’ and ‘Rose Queen’ are both at peak
Yucca filamentosa ‘Color Guard’ is sending up flower stalks!
Coreopsis ‘Jethro Tull’
Spirea japonica ‘Alpina’
Salvia verticillata ‘Purple Rain’

Lerner Garden and Forest Pond:
Rogersia pinnata ‘Chocolate Wings’ — Rodger’s Flower
Salvia nermosa ‘Caradonna’
Rosa ‘Nearly Wild’
Rosa ‘Rainbow Knockout’
Salvia argentia – Hobbits’ Foot Salvia
Chioanthus virginica — Fringe Tree
Achillia ‘Moonshine’ – Yarrow
Syringa reticulate — Japanese Tree Lilac
Philadelphus ‘Snowflake’ — Mock Orange
Paeonia ‘Bartrzella’ — Yellow Itoh Hybrid Peony

Visitor Center Entrance Walk:
Dahlia ‘Mystic Illusion’
Cuphea micropetala
Agastache ‘Blue Fortune’
Digitalis
Cosmos ‘Coco Chanel’