our hyacinths have long faded and our daffodils and tulips are not far
behind, there is plenty of new beauty popping up around White River Gardens.
This in-between time ,as we anxiously await our annual orders to arrive, is
great time to visit the Gardens and enjoy the plants at the forefront of our
main growing season.
The Virginia Fairbanks Sun Garden is currently displaying one of our
favorite late bulb bloomers, Camassia or Wild Hyacinth. Both the
light blue Camassia cusickii and the dark purple/blue Camassia
quamash are sending their blooms up through the ever growing perennial
foliage surrounding them.
you enter the Sun Garden you will also notice Double-File Viburnum ‘Mariesii’
(Viburnum plicatum tomentosum) and Hawthorn ‘Winter King’ (Crataegus
viridis). Both of these woody plants are sporting white flowers
and are manageable plants for the home landscape. The pergolas along
the Sun Garden stream and Polly Hix Idea Gardens are still displaying the
beautiful and fragrant light purple Wisteria blooms. Wisteria is a
beautiful, large vine that can grow aggressively if not pruned hard on
peony flower is a favorite for many and there are several groupings in the
Heritage Garden that are almost ready to bloom. However, the earlier
blooming Tree Peony (Paeonia suffruticosa) is just as beautiful if
not more. There is one in the Herb Society Sunken Garden as well as
two in the Heritage Garden. These peonies grow on woody stems and can
reach five feet in height. Not to mention their blooms are large and
Ruth Lilly Shade Garden is displaying the often unnoticed Mourning Widow
Geranium (Geranium phaeum) as well as another late blooming bulb,
the Wood Hyacinth (Hyacinthoides). Both plants are great late
spring additions to the woodland garden. Another type of hardy
geranium, Geranium macrorrhizum or Cranesbill Geranium, is blooming
just above your heads under a canopy of trees as you walk the path by the
Clowes Water Gardens nearest to the Sun Garden.
will also notice both alpine and wild columbine throughout White River
Gardens. Alpine Columbine (Aquilegia alpinus) stands out more
with its large blue blooms, but Wild Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)
can be just as pretty with its daintier, pinky red blooms.
Please join us in White River Gardens and enjoy these forerunners to the