Fall is a great time to visit Heritage Museums & Gardens. Brugmansia (Angel’s Trumpet) is in full bloom as you are near the ticket sales window, boasting its large yellow flowers. Surrounding the fountain, an array of Salmon Petunias and white Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Blushing Bride’ are blooming, which offer a beautiful sight as you enter the grounds.
Travel to the Hydrangeas Garden where you’ll see many hydrangeas still in flower including Hydrangea arborescens (Smooth Hydrangea), which mark the entrance with gigantic blooms of white. Also in the Hydrangea Garden, the Franklinia alatamaha is in full flower from now until well past frost in late October.
The Windmill Garden is displaying 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. Along the main entrance and in the Windmill Garden you will find the striking Canna ‘Australia’. This four to five feet tall red leaved plant has a showy orange flower that is hard to miss and even harder to not enjoy.
Check out Heritage’s Bloom Calendar to see when your favorite flowers, trees and plants are in bloom.