From Iris Clearwater, Senior Gardener:
Summer vacation may be over, but summer’s not over in the gardens! A mini-vacation is available to you and your family on every visit, and our gardens are still exploding with vibrant color.
Arriving at the grounds starts off with a feeling of adventure and anticipation. Catch a glimpse of the spectacular flowers and plantings being installed in our brand new and improved parking area, opening in early October!
Take a peek behind The Shop at Heritage/Admissions to see brilliant Hardy Hibiscus, with intricate seed heads of interstellar design. Then, only at this time of year in the Enchanted Garden, in front of the The Shop at Heritage, you can find the refined elegance of Japanese Anemone, a personal favorite to me, and to native bumble bees.
Continue with a stroll to the Windmill Garden to enjoy 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, you can still get 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, take in the delicate beauty of Cleome, or Spider Flowers, from South America, and throughout the gardens be on the lookout for butterflies and hummingbirds, our true stars of this late summer season.
Speaking of stars, let’s continue our tropical fantasy at the CUT! Costume and the Cinema exhibit in the Special Exhibits Gallery. Step out the back door of the gallery to bask in warmth and color in the tropical wonderland of our McInnes Garden. Banana trees, brilliant red Chinatown Celosia, Angel Trumpet, and Red Hibiscus are among its rich offerings.
Share a special journey, full of discovery here, at every season.
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.