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What’s In Bloom – June 15, 2017

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

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The fringe trees (Chionanthus virginicus) on the Cleaver Event Lawn are covered in delicate white flowers! June is one of the best months to come up to the Event Lawn because of all of the flowering trees. The dogwoods are just starting to bloom too, so the next few weeks will be spectacular! – Anna L., Horticulturist

Can’t get enough of this early blooming alpine aster (Aster alpinus ‘Goliath’). Don’t let the name fool you. This pleasing perennial only grows about a foot tall and wide. You can discover it’s beauty in the Little Leaf Garden of the Bibby and Harold Alfond Children’s Garden. And if that weren’t enough, it is also a butterfly and hummingbird magnet. – Jen D., Horticulturist

It’s peony time of year! Peonies have got to be one of my all time favorite plants for their blooms, and we have some exceptional varieties at the gardens. This week I want to give a shout out to all the awesome varieties, from the Lerner Garden to the Children’s Garden and beyond! Here’s a photo of just one of our amazing specimens to lure you in to check them out for yourself – Paeonia ‘Sonoma Welcome’ in the Great Lawn bed across from the Burpee Kitchen Garden. Come and see them all! – Syretha B., Horticulturist
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What’s in Bloom – June 9, 2017

Friday, June 9th, 2017

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The Camassia leichtlinii ‘Coerulea’ is a gorgeous color in the back end of the Cleaver Event Lawn. – Anna L., horticulturist

Paeonia rockii ‘Xue Lian’ and Paeonia rockii (Tree Peonies) are both in bloom just to the left of the Lerner Garden. They don’t last long, so get in here quick to see them. – Will, horticulturist

This ‘Russel Red’ lupine is the first Lupine up in the great lawn area and brings a great splash of red to the landscape! – Sarah S., horticulturist Read More

What’s in Bloom – June 2, 2017

Friday, June 2nd, 2017

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This dwarf bearded Iris is known as ‘Cat’s Eye’. Check out that tongue! These colors are everything right now. See them for yourselves in the Children’s Garden. – Jen, horticulturist

Many people dismiss Ajuga as being a lawn-invading, common garden plant. I, on the other hand, adore many Ajuga varieties as wonderful foliage accent plants and amazing edgers. I now have four varieties I’ve planted here in my gardens at CMBG, but by far the happiest, and currently most stunning, is Ajuga reptans ‘Pink Lighting.’ Planted right along a path in the Arbor Garden, this beauty is in flower right now but has gorgeous variegated pink and green foliage throughout the entire season. It’s drought tolerant nature makes it perfect for edging on our bluestone paths, and helps keep little (and big) feet out of the garden bed. – Syretha, horticulturist

Our bees are loving this White Tree Peony (Paeonia suffruticosa) by the steps leading up the Cleaver Event Lawn. – Anna, horticulturist Read More

What’s in Bloom – May 26, 2017

Friday, May 26th, 2017

Staff Picks

Right now the plant that I get asked about the most is Fritillaria persica. This tall, perennial bulb can be found in a number of locations around the gardens, including around the Great Lawn and in the Burpee Kitchen Garden. The deep purple, almost black blossoms are pendulous and numerous, and this ephemeral plant makes a great addition to any garden! – Syretha, horticulturist

Dodecatheon clevelandii (Padre’s Shootinstar) of the primrose family is native to California, but happy grows by the bridge in the Lerner Garden of the Five Senses. – Anna L., horticulturist

Jack in the pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum ssp. stewardsonii ‘Wide Whale Corduroy’) is one of the shade loving plants in the Children’s Garden. Going back centuries as a mysterious and poisonous flower, Native Americans actually found ways to dry and eat the root! Don’t try at home though, as the roots have millions of calcium oxalate crystals that can cause severe blistering when touched. Keep an eye out for the beautiful berries, but do not eat! – Tobi, public horticulture intern Read More

What’s in Bloom – May 19, 2017

Friday, May 19th, 2017

Staff Picks

This week I want to give a shout out to a lovely woodland specimen. While all our tulips are popping, don’t let them distract you from other more subtle blooms! Japanese Wood Poppy (Glaucidium palmatum) grows quietly under the larches in the Lerner Garden of the Five Senses. A delicate pale purple, these rare plants take years to get to maturity. Be sure to stop and admire them! – Syretha, horticulturist

The tulips are blooming! Find this lovely combo of Triumph Tulip ‘Negrita’ and Tulipa viridiflora ‘Spring Green’ on the Cleaver Event Lawn. – Anna L., horticulturist

Podophyllum hexandrum ‘Majus’ (Himalayan Mayapple) is beautiful in the Children’s Garden. – Jen, horticulturist Read More

What’s in Bloom – October 6, 2016

Friday, October 7th, 2016

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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 Read More

What’s in Bloom – Sept. 16, 2016

Friday, September 16th, 2016

Staff Picks

Orostachys iwarenge, better known as Dunce Caps, is beginning to bloom on the Rainbow Terrace in the Bibby and Harold Alfond Children’s Garden. – Jen, horticulturist

In the Great Lawn North Bed (closest to the Burpee Kitchen Garden), be sure to walk on the lawn to check out a new addition to our permanent collection, Chrysanthemum ‘Matchsticks,’ a hardy perennial mum. It boasts a plethora of flowers and funky, spoon-like petals. A very fun cultivar indeed! – Syretha, horticulturist

Check out the Cardoons (Cynara cardunculus), reaching over 5’ tall and just beginning to bloom at the edge of the Cleaver Event Lawn. This relative of the globe artichoke has edible leave stalks versus meaty flower heads. – Anna, horticulturist Read More

What’s in Bloom – September 2, 2016

Friday, September 2nd, 2016

Staff Picks

Euphorbia marginata 'Mt. Snow'
This is the lovely Euphorbia marginata ‘Mt. Snow.’ We grew this attractive annual from seed this year that was purchased through Johnny’s Selected Seed of Maine. The pure white variegation is a wonderful accent in the garden and it makes a long-lasting cut flower. Find it growing around the Bibby and Harold Alfond Children’s Garden. – Jen, horticulturist

Hibiscus 'Midnight Marvel'
One can’t do a plant pick right now without mentioning the spectacular Hibiscus ‘Midnight Marvel.’ Yes, it is perennial! No, it does not need to be dug up and stored over the winter! And yes, it dies fully back to the ground every winter! A true visual marvel indeed, right out through the Visitor Center doors on the Great Lawn. – Syretha, horticulturist

double click cosmo
Cosmos bipinnatus ‘Double Click Cranberry’ is gorgeous in the Burpee Kitchen Garden. – Diane, horticulturist
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What’s in Bloom – August 14, 2016

Monday, August 15th, 2016

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Scabiosa atropurpurea ‘Black Knight’ is one of the prettiest, juiciest of deep purples flowers – perfect for cut flower arrangements. CMBG seeds are available for sale at the front desk. – Diane, horticulturist

'Notwoodthree' rose of sharon
So happy for this little bit of the rain, the luscious, Hibiscus syriacus ‘Notwoodthree’ and I are soaking it all up! The bees don’t seem phased at all and these overcast skies are great for taking pictures in the garden. Check out this gorgeous Rose of Sharon in the Alfond Childrn’s Garden. – Jen, horticulturist
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What’s in Bloom – August 4, 2016

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

Staff Picks

Hosta 'Whirlwind'
Hosta ‘Whirlwind’ and other cultivars are in bloom now in the Rhododendron Garden. While generally considered foliage plants, delicate lavender and/or white flowers crown these stalwart, leafy mounds. – Dan, horticulturist

Malope trifida
There are so many great plants blooming in the gardens this time of year that it’s hard to choose only one. Since I must, let’s take a moment to appreciate the beautiful and unusual Malope trifida with its edible blossoms. Such a gorgeous shade of magenta! Find it in the Cottage Garden section of the Bibby and Harold Alfond Children’s Garden. – Jen, horticulturist
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