What’s in Bloom

In August, marsh and rose mallow (Hibiscus moscheutos cultivars and hybrids) are in bloom around the ponds in the Display, Rhododendron, and Butterfly gardens, and on the north side of the Suzanne and Jonathan Dick Meadow, west of Corning Lake, where the yellow flowers of brown-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia triloba) are in abundance. By mid-month the yellow flowers of stiff goldenrod (Solidago rigida) will also be blooming in the Meadow and the Prairie gardens. Water lilies (Nymphaea) are flowering in the Display Garden and Arlene and Arthur S. Holden Jr  Butterfly Garden ponds and in Corning Lake, especially the east side near Fordham Island.

Hibiscus Midnight Marvel in bloom in the Holden Display Garden.

In the Holden Butterfly Garden, the tall ‘Autumn Sun’ coneflowers (Rudbeckia ‘Autumn Sun’) preside over a riot of bloom including blazing stars (Liatris), butterfly bushes (Buddleia), garden phlox (Phlox paniculata), orange coneflower (Rudbeckia fulgida ‘Goldsturm’), and the sweetly fragrant summersweet (Clethra alnifolia ‘Ruby Spice’). Nine foot tall cup plants (Silphium perfoliatum) have showy yellow flowers by Reflecting Pond and are also on the east side of the Display Garden. Well over 10 feet tall is Hibiscus ‘Tosca’ with large lavender flowers in the Holden Butterfly Garden and east side of the Display Garden. There are a number of monarch butterflies flitting around this year and some of their favorite flowers are the native Joe-pye weed (Eutrochium sp.) and ironweed (Vernonia gigantea) whose purple flowers may be seen in the Butterfly, Wildflower and Display gardens as well as at Lantern Court.

In the Prairie Garden, don’t miss the yellow flowers of prairie dock (Silphium terebinthinaceum) on their tall flower stalks and the compass plant (Silphium laciniatum), species that goldfinch are attracted to. There are also Silphium in bloom at Lantern Court. In the Myrtle S. Holden Wildflower Garden and the Holden Butterfly Garden, enjoy the bright red royal catchfly (Silene regia), cardinal flowers (Lobelia cardinalis) and the cool blue lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica).

Phlox paniculata ‘David’

In the Sally Gries Entry Beds along Sperry Road and inside the east gate of the Helen S. Layer Rhododendron Garden, the late panicle hydrangeas (Hydrangea paniculata ‘Tardiva’) will be in bloom by mid-to late August. The white flowers of Hydrangea paniculata ‘Pink Diamond’ in the Rhododendron Discovery Garden will turn pink in August. Smell the fragrant purple flowers of Phlox paniculata ‘Laura’ and the white flowers of Hosta ‘Guacamole’ in the Rhododendron Discovery Garden. See the orange flowers of Crocosmia ‘Emily McKenzie’ and the purplish flowers of Allium ‘Millenium’ in the Display Garden.

In August, marsh and rose mallow (Hibiscus moscheutos cultivars and hybrids) are in bloom around the ponds in the Display, Rhododendron, and Butterfly gardens, and on the north side of the Suzanne and Jonathan Dick Meadow west of Corning Lake where the yellow flowers of brown-eyed susans (Rudbeckia triloba) are in abundance. By mid-month the yellow flowers of stiff goldenrod (Solidago rigida) will also be blooming in the Meadow and the Prairie gardens. Water lilies (Nymphaea) are flowering in the Display and Butterfly Garden, and in Corning Lake, especially the east side near Fordham Island.


Nymphaea Charlene Strawn in the Display Garden

In the Butterfly Garden, the tall ‘Autumn Sun’ coneflowers (Rudbeckia ‘Autumn Sun’) preside over a riot of bloom including blazing stars (Liatris), butterfly bushes (Buddleia), garden phlox (Phlox paniculata), orange coneflower (Rudbeckia fulgida ‘Goldsturm’) and the sweetly fragrant summersweet (Clethra alnifolia ‘Ruby Spice’). Nine-foot-tall cup plants (Silphium perfoliatum) have showy yellow flowers by Reflecting Pond and are also on the east side of the Display Garden. Well over 10 feet tall is Hibiscus ‘Tosca’ with large lavender flowers in the Holden Butterfly Garden and east side of the Display Garden. There are a number of monarch butterflies flitting around this year and some of their favorite flowers are the native Joe-pye weed (Eutrochium sp.) and ironweed (Vernonia gigantea) whose purple flowers may be seen in the Butterfly, Wildflower and Display gardens and at Lantern Court.

In the Prairie Garden, don’t miss the yellow flowers of prairie dock (Silphium terebinthinaceum) on their tall flower stalks and the compass plant (Silphium laciniatum), species that goldfinch are attracted to. There are also Silphium in bloom at Lantern Court. In the Myrtle S. Holden Wildflower Garden and the Arlene & Arthur S. Holden, Jr. Butterfly Garden enjoy the bright red royal catchfly (Silene regia), cardinal flowers (Lobelia cardinalis), and the cool blue lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica).

In the Sally Gries Entry Beds along Sperry Road and inside the east gate of the Helen S. Layer Rhododendron Garden,

 

the late panicle hydrangeas (Hydrangea paniculata ‘Tardiva’) will be in bloom by mid-to late August. The white flowers of Hydrangea paniculata ‘Pink Diamond’ in the Rhododendron Discovery Garden will turn pink in August. Smell the fragrant purple flowers of Phlox paniculata ‘Laura’ and the white flowers of Hosta ‘Guacamole’ in the Rhododendron Discovery Garden. See the orange flowers of Crocosmia ‘Emily McKenzie’ and the purplish flowers of Allium ‘Millenium’ in the Display Garden.

Allium Millenium (ornamental onion) in bloom in the Display Garden