This year’s cooler-than-average days, plus generous amounts of rain this August, mean happy plants!
Up front by Admissions, the Brugmansia (Angel’s Trumpet) is in full swing, boasting its large yellow flowers. The Nepeta (Catmint) lining the white fence to the Admissions window is in bloom with lovely purple flowers, as it has been for several weeks. Rising above the Catmint, you may even catch the brilliant flowering of several Canna ‘Phasion’. Surrounding the fountain, an array of Salmon Petunias and white Hydrangea macrophylla’s are blooming, which offer a beautiful sight as you enter the grounds.
All throughout the gardens, flowers are blooming at every turn. Most notable is the vast collection of Daylilies, totaling more than 500 cultivars that are spread all over Heritage. Make your way down to the Flume Fountain and you will notice hundreds of other cultivars, including the vibrant color combinations of ‘Rudy Spider’, ‘Take Charge’, ‘Golden Gleam’, ‘Silver Veil’ and ‘French Porcelain’. But, it’s not all about the Daylilies. A variety of Hostas are flowering, such as the white-pink tones of ‘Gold Drop’. Also, make sure to catch some of the Hydrangea macrophylla’s, as they have recently begun to unleash their luscious blooms ranging from red to deep purple. All of these are a truly magnificent sight.
To view some other Hydrangeas in flower, be sure to walk by the Hydrangea Society Garden, where Hydrangea arborescens (Smooth Hydrangea) mark the entrance with gigantic blooms of white.
There is a bounty of things happening by the Parade Field. First, the magnificent Big Bugs loom over your head, defining a remarkable experience for young and old alike. On the far side of the Parade Field is the Wicked Plants Garden, which showcases a variety of the plants introduced at the Wicked Plants Exhibit in the Special Events Gallery. Within this garden, you come across attractive flowering plants like the lovely Digitalis purpurea (Fox Glove), Lantana Camara ‘Bright Orange’ and Datura stramonium (Jimsom Weed). They may be aesthetically pleasing, but the signage will inform you on how ‘wicked’ each of these plants can really be.
In the Windmill Garden you’ll see some of the most spectacular blooms Heritage has to offer. The exuberant flowers of Monarda didyma (Bee Balm) are purely amazing, like red-hot lava shooting up and away from the stem. If you’re lucky, you may even see a few Hummingbirds. Close by are the colorful Gaillardia aristata ‘Blue Sky Sundown’ and the tall Echinacea (Coneflower), which both bear large petals of deep red, orange, and yellow. Other remarkable flowers of red include the Lobelia cardinalis (Cardinal Flower), Kniphofia (Red Hot Poker), Salvia elegens ‘Salsa Scarlet Bird’ (Pineapple Sage), and the Astilbe x arendsii ‘Visions in Red’ (Astilbe). Heliopsis helianthoides ‘Summer Sun’ (False Sunflower) is one of the most pertinent flowering plants in the garden, since they tower over of a majority of the plant life, and produce a myriad of bright yellow flowers. Among the White Border garden, the Campanula rotundifolia ‘White Gem’ (Harebell), Platycodon grandifloras ‘Alba’ (Balloon Flower), and the focal plant of Parthenium integrifolium (Wild Quinine) all bring a refreshing bold white among the surrounding gardens of color.
Lastly, don’t forget about the Wicked Plants exhibit. This great overview of the evildoers of the botanical world closes on September 1, 2014. Visit now, or you’ll miss it!
Check out Heritage’s Bloom Calendar to see when your favorite flowers, trees and plants are in bloom.