What's Blooming Now - September 15, 2011
The Blooms Continue!
early September days still hold the flush of flowers in White River Gardens.
Late summer bloomers like vibrant blue plumbago (Ceratostigma
plumbaginoides) and fall-blooming anemones are only now kicking into
gear. Both plants can be found in spots throughout the Gardens in mostly sun
to primarily shade. Ceratostigma is located in near the Efroymson
Wedding Garden back gate, along the Clowes Water Gardens, and in the Ruth
Lilly Shade Garden. Look for the semi-double pink Anemone ‘Queen
Charlotte’ in the Whimsy Garden, and white blooming varieties in the
Heritage and Shade Gardens.
Heritage garden is quite floriferous right now. Along with the anemones
you’ll find Boltonia (B. asteroides), a tall, airy plant with white
daisy-like flowers, and New England aster (Sy mphotrichum novae-angliae),
attracting butterflies to its vibrant purple blooms.
And if you look down through the anemones you will see a real fall season
treasure- a clump of autumn crocus (Colchichum autumnale). The
foliage of this plant dies back long before the blooms emerge. That
mauve-pink color nearly glows among the green anemone leaves.
to its name, Chinese sumac ‘September Beauty’ (Rhus chinensis),
located across the walk on the east side of the Heritage garden, is looking
gorgeous right now! This small tree that can sucker from its roots to become
a large, shrubby mass, is covered with huge clusters of tiny, cream colored
Victoria water lily (Victoria amazonica), located in the Clowes
pool farthest from the Spitting Frogs, keeps sending up her solitary blooms
every few days. Native to the waters of the Amazon River basin, this plant
grows huge, spike-backed leaves, and flowers that are white the first day
and pink the second.
These and many other “must see” plants are blooming now in the White
River Gardens. So take advantage of the admission to the Zoo that includes a
visit to the Gardens and see them all!