What's Blooming Now - April 16, 2012
The Blooming Continues!
Plants continue to bloom fast and furiously in White River Gardens. Here
is some of what you can enjoy now:
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or goldentuft (Aurinia saxatilis), found in the south Cutting
Garden, has a similar look to candy tuft (Iberis sempervivens
‘Snowflake’) in the Motion Garden. Both still have some later tulips
growing with them.
The north Cutting Garden still has tulip ‘Sky High Scarlet’ in bloom. Along
with that you’ll find Salvia ‘Eveline’, a good re-seeder, and
Camassia cusickii (wild hyacinth), which is planted as a bulb in the
The Raised Garden has a couple of unusual perennials blooming now. The
brilliant-colored Geum ‘Flames of Passion’ will re-bloom again a
little later on. Euphorbia ‘Efanthia’ has reddish tones to the newer leaves
and tiny flowers in clusters backed by a bright yellow-green bract. And our
earliest perennial onion, Allium ‘Early Emperor’, is also making an
Garden and Beyond
There are two plants looking amazing in the Ruth Lilly Shade Garden and
other partially shaded areas throughout the Gardens: Columbine (Aquilegia)
and both Spanish and English Bluebells (Hyacinthoides). The shorter
English bluebells are pink, white, and blue, while their taller Spanish
cousins are all blue in our beds. The Columbine cross-pollinates freely to
create lots of new combinations, but the straight, native yellow and red
A. canadensis can easily be spotted in the Shade Garden.
You can see a predominance of white-blooming shrubs right now. Look for the
old-fashioned “bridal veil” spirea (Spirea x vanhoutei) in the
Heritage garden, and Doublefile viburnum (Viburnum plicatum
tomentosum) and Fringetree (Chionanthus virginicus) in the
Virginia Fairbanks Sun Garden.
Hilbert Conservatory - OMG! Orchids
Here are some of the fabulous plants blooming inside now:
sandersonii (parachute plant or umbrella plant) is a highly evolved
succulent that attracts flies with a terrible scent and then traps them in
it complicated umbrella like blooms.
▪ Sunray (Dendrobium
gatton) is a very large specimen with a golden fuzzy lip.
‘Casablanca’ is a classic-looking orchid hybrid.
▪ Psychopsis papilio
or butterfly orchid is an interesting long-blooming orchid with antenna-like
Here are a few more shots of What's Blooming right now at the