Creating masses of blooms as the summer goes on is the goal of the
Horticulture staff as we are busy planting hundreds of annual plants in the
Zoo and White River Gardens. Perennial plants (those that return year after
year) are still holding their own, however. Here are some of the beauties
you can enjoy in the Gardens now.
Brassia, or Spider Orchid, one of many of the gorgeous
tropicals in the Hilbert Conservatory.
As you exit there and go into the Ornamental Allee, Rosa ‘Scarlet
meidiland’ is exploding with color.
The purple-red tones of Knautia macedonica can be spotted
in the Polly H. Hix Design Gardens(that’s an airy plant with a
rounded flower form).
‘Bold Pretender’ Iris
The 'Bold Pretender' Iris is a truly unique specimen you can see
in the curved beds at the end of the Clowes Water Gardens along side
the spitting frogs.
Allium 'Forelock' is another interesting flower that appears in
the curved beds.
Asclepias tuberosa (butterflyweed) is just starting to
reveal its vibrant orange blooms in the Virginia Fairbanks Sun
Gardens and Hix Design Gardens.
You can find cranesbills (perennial Geranium species) and
spiderworts (Tradescantia) in those spots, as well.
Clematises in reds and purples are blooming now in the Ornamental
Allee and along the Ruth Lilly Shade Garden perimeter.
And cranesbills (perennial Geranium species) are blooming in
masses, here and there, including a bunch surrounding one of our
whimsical frog statues in the Sun Garden.