The approach of summer signals the start of the blooming season for a ravishing array of annuals and perennials. An eclectic mix of nature’s beauty have begun to bloom and an array of vivid and soothing colors and heavenly scents welcome visitors as they wander through the grounds. The freshly planted Windmill Garden has contrasting and striking color schemes in each of its beds including colorful peonies and gaillardia. These newly planted perennials accompany a backdrop of a lush variety of hosta varieties. These are an ideal complement to the diversity of the garden. A varying color palette of daylilies and daffodils has begun to flower throughout the paths and walkways in the gardens. Gorgeous flowering trees, such as the Fringe Tree in front of the Administration Building, are a must see, but come soon as the Fringe Tree only blooms for a brief time. This native tree flowers in the spring and is breathtaking with fragrant and bright white hanging flowers. Be sure to visit Heritage in the coming weeks to take in everything that the gardens have to offer. It’s the perfect start to the summer.
While the summer annuals start to spring from the soil, new gardens are also welcoming visitors to Heritage. There is now a sensory garden in Hidden Hollow that will be fun for children of all ages. The sensory garden uses plants to help children learn about the five senses. The scent area has the aroma of herbs, including sage, chives and rosemary as well as the lavender and the mosquito plant. The hearing section is comprised of ornamental grasses. The touch section encompasses an array of textures from plants such as sedum, ice plant, succulents, lamb’s ear, and woolly yarrow. In the taste section, classic and fresh garden plants like tomatoes, peppers, basil, cabbage, and strawberries, as well as the sweet stevia plant, are a treat to be savored. The sight section of the sensory garden has been planted with bright, distinct coloring flowers and butterfly and hummingbird attracting plants such as celosia, salvia, lantana, and Echinacea.