From Nurani Illahi, Horticulture intern:
Visitors of Heritage Museums & Gardens are able to say, “Hello!” to yellow in the Windmill Garden to the newly bloomed “Hello Yellow” Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa). This perennial is aptly named for its ability to attract butterflies with its showy yellow-orange flowers and serve as a food source for Monarch butterflies.
The Butterfly Weed’s contemporary, Bee Balm (Monarda var), similarly attracts a variety of pollinators- bees, butterflies, and even hummingbirds visit this brilliantly purple-topped plant in the Windmill Garden! Growing from 8-35 inches, Bee Balm takes the garden in a tall, voluminous swathe of color that is impossible to miss.
Other notable participants of this week’s Windmill Garden blooms are Sunflower (Helianthus var), which occur in shades and streaks of dark red; feather celosia (Celosia argentea), which are closer to the ground but are an intense red that is simply unmissable; and calendula (Calendula officinalis), bright yellow flowers with scraggly looking leaves along the ground and moving up toward the stem.
Limelight hydrangeas (Hydrangea paniculata) have grown in abundance to the side of the main path along the new North American Hydrangea Test Garden, which opened July 12th. These hydrangeas produce flowers that are non-fragrant, bountiful tight clusters of white flowers along large, dark green leaves. The Aphrodite Hosta can be found sending out bell shaped blossoms from panicles, adorning the wide, striated foliage with a flag of white to greet visitors as they head farther along the path toward the CUT! Costume and the Cinema Exhibit.
As the July heat settles in, blooms are increasingly colorful and profuse! As summer unravels, enjoy a walk and a picnic at Heritage Museums & Gardens and enjoy the show!
These are just a few of the things in bloom at Heritage Museums & Gardens. Come for a visit and see what else you can find!
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.