It’s summer at Heritage and that means Hydrangeas are in full swing as are daylilies. The North American Hydrangea Test Garden is beautiful with its many cultivars of Hydrangea macrophylla as well as Hydrangea paniculata. Both species are just coming into full flower and should be a spectacular show for the remainder of the month of July, and beyond. The Windmill Garden, filled with many cultivars of herbaceous plants is coming into full flower as well.
Hemerocallis lilioasphodelus, Daylily
Don’t forget to stop by our Sundial Garden around Flume Fountain to see the spectaucalar array of daylillies flowering! With over 800 varirites in this garden, there’s bound to be a favorite daylilly for everyone!
Described as having a sense of “volcanic enthusiasm”, by horticulture legend and Hydrangea Guru, Michael Dirr, who will be visiting Heritage Museum and Gardens in late July, hydrangeas are carried in bunches of flowers at the end of stems. There are three main forms of hydrangeas, “Mophead”, the most commonly recognized form in a globe shaped cluster, “Panicle”, a long, cone-shaped cluster, like Oakleaf Hydrangeas, and “Lacecap”, a flattened cluster of what appears to be tiny, immature buds surrounded at the edges by four to five petals. T his “mood ring” of plants, is apt to changing color depending on the soil pH. The default color of hydrangeas are red, due to a presence of molecules called anthocyanin, but when it binds to aluminum, found in acidic soils, it forms a blue molecule complex of aluminum and anthocyanin, yielding blue colored flowers!
Spider Flower, Cleomoe
While you’re exploring the Windmill Garden, keep an eye out for the spider flower! With its white and purple tower-like flower structure, it’s truly a great native flower. This plant not only offers color for your garden, but is also deer-resistant and attracts hummingbirds and butterflies all season. At maturity the plant grows to around 3-4 feet tall, so it’s best used in the background of your garden.
Bachelor Button, Gumphrena
As you look for the Cleomoe in the Windmill Garden, be sure to check out the Bachelor Button growing along the ground. This annual is a favorite among gardeners and florists. Not only does it look nice, but it can also be dried for home decorating. The small spherical flowers bloom with a wide array of colors, so they make a great addition to any garden! Bachelor Button is also deer-resistant and can tolerate heat and low water, so it’s a great, maintenance plant.
Blazing Star, Liatris
As you arrive at Heritage, you will notice Blazing Star in areas of our parking garden. These plants are very easy to care for, making it a favorite of gardeners and landscapers. Every summer the plant will shoot up very vibrant purple flower spikes, which attract lots of butterflies!
Climbing Hydrangea, Hydrangea anomala petiolaris
If you get lost in the Maze, take some time to check out the climbing hydrangea! Able to grow up fences, walls, posts, and much more, this hydrangea definitely draws attention. While less showy than other hydrangeas, it can grow up to 80 feet tall (as long as it has something that tall to climb) and produce a pleasant fragrance.
Purple Angels trumpet, Datura sp.
Below the Flagpole at the Parade Field near the Special Exhibit Gallery, you’ll find a beautiful flower bed filled with many plants—but the Angels Trumpet is one of my favorites. The dark purple and white flower is one of a kind and a must-see for any plant lover. These big trumpet- shaped flowers bloom only in the hottest of summer months, but are an excellent specimen plant for any garden.
Sourwood tree, Oxydendrum arboreum
In the Arbor Bowl and the opposite side of the sundial in front of Flume Fountain, you’ll notice the Sourwood tree in bloom. These trees bloom later than most, so it makes a wonderful ornamental planting for your yard or garden. While it can be easily missed because the bloom is so high, from afar it is a truly a fantastic view. The nectar is so sweet that sourwood honey is highly sought after, and the fruit can also be used to make a jelly.
Echinacea ‘Hot Papaya’
Sizzling hot, red-orange double flowers with falling tails from a pom-pom center. Echinacea Hot Papaya really spices up the garden! Its color is strong, consistent and has quite the visual impact when planted in groups. Lush green foliage with sturdy maroon-colored stems hold this beautiful flower up. These specimens prefer full sun to partial shade and are rather low maintenance. It is a very tolerate plant, able to withstand drought, heat, humidity and poor soil. This is a must have for a colorful garden, ours can be found by the Windmill and while entering the Hydrangea garden.
Scarlet Beebalm, Monarda didyma
A truly breathtaking and unique flower, Scarlet beebalm is a popular perennial with scarlet-red flowers in terminal tufts. The flower consists of dense, rounded, terminal, head-like cluster of bright red, tubular flowers atop a square stem. The 3 ft. stems are lined with large, oval, dark-green leaves. Individual flowers are narrowly tube-shaped, tightly clustered together in 2 in. heads. The plant is part of the Lamiaceae, or the Mint Family. Its leaves are cultivated for its minty flavors and aroma and were used by the Oswego’s of New York to create Oswego Tea, which is another common name for this plant.
Moonbeam, Coreopsis verticillata
‘Moonbeam’ is a real standout, as it is a rhizomatous perennial that grows in open bushy clumps. Its pale yellow flowers are borne in great abundance above delicate, needlelike foliage and seem to blend well with practically every color that can be used in a garden. The plant produces a plethora of flowers when in bloom, which is great for a front-of-the-border area in your garden. It flourishes in full sun to partial sun and grows best in dry or mesic soiled areas. It blooms from the summer to early autumn, sporting 1” pale lemon yellow flowers. Ours can be seen as you enter the grounds of Heritage or amongst other plants all around the garden.
Water Lily, Nymphae
One of the earliest flowering plants recorded in history, the water lily generally has rounded, notched, waxy-coated leaves on a long stalk that contain many air spaces and flourishes in quiet freshwater habitats. The showy fragrant flowers are borne at the water’s surface and the tubers that bear roots are buried in the mud, deep under water. They are a great addition to any aquatic ecosystem as they provide shade in the hot summer months for fish, and absorb nutrients that would otherwise encourage the growth of unwanted green plants, allowing the water to remain pristine. While water lilies may look dainty, they are really anything but—they will grow in literally any USDA hardiness zone! So “water” you waiting for?! Go down to the flume pool and check them out!
Not far from the Astilbe, you’ll see our popular new plantings of Euphorbia ‘Diamond Frost’. These small beauties are heat and drought tolerant and flower all season. This low maintenance annual does best in full to part sun. While there is no need to deadhead, you can trim it back as desired and it will continue thriving. Euphorbia combines well with many kinds of plants and is deer resistant!
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.