What's Blooming Now - Still a Great Show Despite Dry
Conditions - September 29, 2010
It has been a rough summer for plant life at the White River Gardens, but
despite the dry conditions, there is still a great show to be seen!
The Form and Texture Garden inside the Polly Hix Design Gardens is home to
several of these show stoppers. For instance, check out the Vermillion
Bluffs Sage (Salvia darcyii ‘Pscarl’). This beautiful mass of red flowers is
actually coming from one plant! This is also a great time to see the bees
enjoying Russian Sage ‘Filigran’ (Peroviskia atriplicifolia)! This cultivar
‘Filigran’ can also be spotted in the two parking lot islands that are out
front of White River Gardens. Snapdragon ‘Rocket Rose’ has been making an
appearance all summer, but is especially nice now that the weather is
cooling a bit.
Although some are beginning to fade, Autumn Crocus ‘Waterlily’ (Colchicum)
is looking great in the Herb Societies herb garden. The Autumn Crocus is a
fall blooming bulb.
The most prominent plant in the Virginia Fairbanks Sun Garden is the
Helianthus maximilianii (Maximillian’s Sunflower). Although this tall plant
is covered in beautiful sunny yellow blooms, beware! It is aggressive and
can spread quickly.
In the Heritage Garden, the New England Aster (Aster novae-angliae) and
‘Fireworks’ Goldenrod (Solidago rugosa) are showy in their colors of purple
Autumn crocus water lily
New England asters