Enjoy the fragrance of the sweetbay magnolias (Magnolia virginiana) by Blueberry Pond, in the Helen S. Layer Rhododendron Garden and north of Corning Lake. Early in the month, peonies (Paeonia lactiflora) are in bloom in the Display Garden and at Lantern Court. Check out the hardy ground orchid (Bletilla striata) in the Display Garden and by the Corning Visitor Center. Baptisia (Baptisia australis, B. sphaerocarpa, B. alba and cultivars) are flowering throughout the garden areas.
The showy flowers of Japanese iris (Iris ensata), the plumes of Astilbe, and the various hardy geraniums (Geranium sanguineum, G. x cantabrigiense, G. ‘Rozanne’, G. ‘Tiny Monster’) also are to be seen in the Display, Rhododendron and Lantern Court gardens. Japanese and Peking tree lilacs (Syringa reticulata, S. pekinensis) are flowering in the Display Garden and in the Sally Gries Entry Garden. Mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia) are blooming in the Myrtle S. Holden Wildflower Garden, the Helen S. Layer Rhododendron Garden and at Lantern Court.
Native azaleas, (Rhododendron arborescens, R. calendulaceum, R. cumberlandense) and their hybrids (R. ‘Framingham’, ‘Popsicle’ ‘Pink Puff’ will be in bloom in the Eliot and Linda Paine Rhododendron Discovery garden along with rosebay rhododendrons (Rhododendron maximum) and their large-leaved hybrids (R. ‘Maxecat’, ‘Summer Snow’) and the ‘Alexander’ evergreen azalea in the Helen S. Layer Rhododendron Garden.
Check out the dramatic burnt orange or yellow spires of desert candle (Eremurus ‘Lemon Meringue’. ‘Cleopatra’, ‘Pinnocchio’) that stand out in the Sally Gries Entry Garden, the Whitney Memorial Garden and the Arlene and Arthur S. Holden Butterfly Garden. The cool blue catmint (Nepeta x faassenii ‘Walker’s Low’) is in full bloom the Display Garden and the Arlene and Arthur S. Holden, Jr. Butterfly Garden. Yellow coneflowers (Echinacea paradoxa) start blooming mid-month in the Holden Butterfly Garden and in the Suzanne and Jonathan Dick Meadow west of Corning Lake. See the soft white flowers of goat’s beard (Aruncus dioicus ‘Zweiweltenkind’ a.k.a. ‘Child of Two Worlds’) by Reflecting Pond in the Holden Butterfly Garden. Don’t miss the large flowers of the bigleaf magnolia (Magnolia macrophylla) in the Myrtle S. Holden Wildflower Garden. See the roses in the Display Garden, and especially at Lantern Court w
here a number of fragrant varieties have been planted.