In May enjoy the vibrant colors of azaleas and rhododendrons under the canopy of magnificent trees in the Helen S. Layer Rhododendron Garden. After May 18 the new Rhododendron Discovery Garden will be open to the public, giving you a brand new garden to explore.
In the Display Garden lilacs (Syringa vulgaris, S. x hyacinthiflora) will be in full bloom early in the month, along with the fragrant viburnums (Korean spice - Viburnum carlesii, Burkwood – V. x burkwoodii, and fragrant snowball - V. x carlcephalum). Later in the month the fragrant dwarf Korean lilacs (Syringa meyeri ‘Palibin’ will be in bloom with a number of other late blooming lilacs (S. pubescens, S. x josiflexa, S. josikaea, S. komarowii, S. x nanceana, S. tomentella, S. wolfii) .
See the Virginia bluebells (Mertensia virginica), great white trillium (Trillium grandiflorum), columbine (Aquilegia), golden star (Chrysogonum virginianum), woodland phlox (Phlox divaricata), creeping phlox (Phlox stolonifera) and lakeside daisies (Tetraneuris herbacea) in the Myrtle S. Holden Wildflower Garden. Check out the buckeyes and horsechestnuts (Aesculus) and especially the red buckeye (Aesculus pavia) by the Corning Visitor Center. Don’t miss the hybrid magnolias in the Display Garden and the Layer Rhododendron Garden and at Lantern Court including the yellow flowering Magnolia ‘Butterflies’, ‘Yellow Bird’, the pale yellow ‘Elizabeth’.
Check out the tree peonies (P. suffruticosa) in the Display Garden and at Lantern Court where the Japanese primroses (Primula japonica) will also be in full bloom.