What’s in Bloom

Ilex verticillata ‘Winter Red’ (winterberry)

During October and November see the blue-lavender blooms of the aromatic asters (Symphyotrichum oblongifolium and cultivars ‘Raydon’s Favorite’ and ‘October Skies’) by the Warren H. Corning Visitor Center, in the Display Garden, the Arlene and Arthur S. Holden Jr. Butterfly Garden and at Lantern Court. See the pink-flower indigo (Indigofera amblyantha) in the Holden Butterfly and Display gardens.

The last flower to come into bloom in the Holden Butterfly Garden and Display Garden is the Tatarian aster (Aster tataricus ‘Jindai’).  At Lantern Court see the blue flowers of the rough gentian (Gentiana scabra var. buergeri) near the parking lot, and Hubei anemone (Anemone hupehensis) near the front of the house.

Ginkgo biloba
Ginkgo biloba

Enjoy the red, orange and yellow fruit displays of the winterberry hollies (Ilex verticillata) near the Corning Visitor Center and around Blueberry Pond. Check out the beautiful silvery plumes of flame grass (Miscanthus ‘Purpurascens’) in the Sally Gries Entry Garden along Sperry Road that also displays bright fall color.

On the south side of the Display Garden see the colorful switch grass (Panicum virgatum ‘Ruby Ribbons’ and the purple beautyberry (Callicarpa dichotoma ‘Issai’) that may also be found at Lantern Court east of the drive and the big yellow buckeye (Aesculus flava).

Enjoy the marvelous fall foliage of our maple (Acer), sweetgum (Liquidambar), sourwood (Oxydendrum), sassafras (Sassafras), tupelo (Nyssa), birch (Betula), and tuliptrees (Liriodendron) in the gardens, woods, fields, and around the ponds. Take a walk along the “Leaf Trail” and make a collection of colorful fallen leaves.