From Iris Clearwater and Chris Kolb, Senior Gardeners:
While Heritage has closed for the season, our gardens are still exploding with vibrant color, and we will continue to share what’s blooming throughout the gardens this fall and winter.
In the Windmill Garden is the splashy exuberance of Globe Amaranth, and the purple spikes of Variegated Liriope, a.k.a. Lily Turf, a wonderful perennial ground cover that does well in partial shade, and is resistant to rabbits, deer, and drought.
With days getting shorter and temperatures cooling, we still have a taste of the tropics here beside towering Castor Bean plants, native to India and northern Africa. Not a true bean, their showy spiny pods hold patterned ‘beans’ – poisonous, medicinal, and producing a highly useful oil.
Nearby, the delicate beauty of Cleome, or Spider Flowers, from South America, blooms, and throughout the gardens butterflies and hummingbirds, flock to the bright colors around the gardens..
Just past the Windmill Garden is the Hart Family Maze Garden wis Chocolate vine (Akebia quinata), also known as five leaf akebia, a highly fragrant, vanilla scented vine. This deciduous semi-evergreen produces beautiful lilac flowers from May through June. Since the chocolate vine growth rate is so fast, it makes an excellent cover for arbors, trellises, pergolas or fences, but requires regular pruning to ensure it doesn’t overpower smaller plants around it. Growing chocolate vine produces edible seedpods that taste similar to tapioca pudding. Although the plant will grow in full sun, it does best with protection from the afternoon heat.
Blooming on the bank of upper Shawme Pond at the base of the overlook is the native North American Impatiens capensces. One of few native Impatiens, it is important as a nectar source for Hummingbirds, hence the tubular flowers, and it is also an essential late bloomer for bees, up until frost.
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.