What’s in Bloom – October 6, 2016

Horticulture, What's In Bloom

Staff Picks

In the Great Lawn East and Ledge beds Muhlenbergia ‘Muhlarbor’ (also known as Muhly Grass) is at its peak. The ethereal seed heads almost make one want to crawl into the bed and curl upon on its softness! – Syretha, horticulturist

Verbena bonariensis illuminated in the fall garden! These volunteers seeded themselves around the Bibby and Harold Alfond Children’s Garden. – Jen, horticulturist

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae ‘Vibrant Dome’ New England Aster: This beauty has a purple flower that when the sun hits it just right, it looks light blue which adds great color to the fall landscape! – Sarah, public horticulture intern

Shout out this week to the fabulous Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Fox Trot’ along the outer edge of the Cleaver Event Lawn – the seed heads are very reminiscent of fox tails, hence the cultivar name. – Syretha, horticulturist

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae ‘Chilly Winds’ (New England Aster) is blooming near the bridge in the Lerner Garden. – Will, horticulturist

The gentian (Gentiana scabra var. buergeri) in the Children’s Garden provides gorgeous late season color with this vibrant shade of blue. – Tory, marketing content coordinator

It’s that time of the year for grasses! Along the outer border of the Perennial and Rose Garden it’s hard to miss the very statuesque Miscanthus sinensis ‘Dixieland,’ a variegated Japanese Silver Grass that easily grows over 10 feet (including seed heads). This time of year the heads have fully opened and turned a wonderful silver-red. Plus this grass is a wonderful winter interest plant that, if left standing, can add structure to a garden all the way until spring. – Syretha, horticulturist