Even though summer is over, there is still a lot to see in the gardens. A number of herbaceous plants are just starting to reach their peak. Keep an eye out for aster species, including blue New England aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae) and white wood aster scattered throughout the grounds (Eurybia divaricata).
October is the perfect time to see the fall foliage at Heritage. A wide range of tree and shrub species deliver a striking color palette. Japanese maples (Acer japonicum) develop a brilliant red color as the weather cools. The full moon maple (Acer japonicum ‘Aconitifolium’) in the Arbor Bowl is a must see. Of interest in the Windmill Garden is the dawn redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides), which turns a rich bronze. Also keep a watch for red-veined enkianthus (Enkianthus campanulatus), (Stewartia pseudocamelia) and witchhazel species (Hamamelis sp.), which provide a phenomenal array of purples, reds, oranges, and yellows. The Heritage living collection includes some spectacular native trees with equally impressive fall displays. The scarlet color of red maple (Acer rubrum), black tupelo (Nyssa sylvatica), and sourwood (Oxydendrum arboreum) contrasts beautifully with the bright yellow and orange of American beech (Fagus grandifolia) and sugar maple (Acer saccharum).
There’s always something blooming at Heritage. Check out Heritage’s Bloom Calendar to see when your favorite flowers, trees and plants are in bloom.