In September, enjoy the fragrant white flowers of the seven-son flower (Heptacodium miconioides) in the Display Garden. See the purple flowers of the Gibraltar bushclover (Lespedeza thunbergii ‘Gibraltar’) borne on cascading sprays in the Sally Gries Entrance Garden beds that flank the Corning Visitor Center driveway, in the Display Garden and at Lantern Court. Admire the mist flower (Conoclinium coelestinum) in the Arlene and Arthur S. Holden, Jr. Butterfly Garden and the Myrtle S. Holden Wildflower Garden.
In front of the Corning Visitor Center and in the Holden Butterfly Garden visitors will find the fine textured foliage and purple flowers of Lettermann’s ironweed (Vernonia lettermannii ‘Iron Butterfly’.
The Japanese anemones (Anemone hupehensis and Anemone x hybrida) are blossoming at Lantern Court and in the Display Garden near Lotus Pond. By mid-September, autumn-crocus (Colchicum autumnale) will be blooming by the Corning Visitor Center and at Lantern Court. The goldenrods (Solidago) and asters (Symphyotrichum, Eurybia, and Ionactis) are blooming in the fields, the Holden Butterfly Garden, Holden Wildflower Garden, Lantern Court, and the Suzanne and Jonathan Dick Streamside Meadow, located near the Norweb Tree Allée. Check out the stonecrops (Sedum) in the Holden Butterfly Garden, Display Garden and at Lantern Court.
Ornamental grasses of interest include cultivars of fountain grass (Pennisetum alopecuroides, P. orientalis), switch grass (Panicum virgatum), flame grass (Miscanthus ‘Purpurascens’) tall moor grass (Molinia caerulea), feather reedgrass (Calamagrostis x acutiflora), and Japanese forest grass (Hakonechloa macra) in the Display Garden and Holden Butterfly Garden. Check out the new little bluestem (Schizachrium scoparium ‘Twilight Zone’) near the Corning Visitor Center and the Gardner Terrace by Corning Lake.