What's Blooming Now - June 8, 2012
Shrubs and Perennial Combos Are Catching Eyes
your eyes on the shrubs that are blooming now in White River Gardens!
Buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis), a moisture-loving native,
is displaying its tiny flowers in golf ball-sized spheres along the stream
in the Virginia Fairbanks Sun Garden. Another moisture-lover that
appreciates more shade is the hydrangea. There are several mophead types
like ‘Blushing Bride,’ Endless Summer,’ and ‘All Summer Beauty’ at spots in
the Ruth Lilly Shade Garden and Oasis Gardens.
Also looking gorgeous in the Shade Garden are Hydrangea quercifolia,
or Oakleaf Hydrangea, and ‘Annabelle,’ a smooth type hydrangea covered with
feast for the eyes are the perennial combinations that are also making their
summer appearance in the Gardens. The Sun Garden has the always-vibrant
orange Butterflyweed (Asclepias tuberosa) paired with blue
Larkspur, and Coneflowers (Echinacea) intermingled with ‘Parker’s
Gold’ Yarrow (Achillea filipendula).
the Polly Horton Hix Design Gardens, the Form and Texture Garden has some
spectacular combinations, especially ‘Hot Papaya’ Coneflower, ‘Banana Cream’
Shasta Daisy (Leucojum), and Red Hot Poker (Kniphofia uvaria).
More subtle, but elegantly beautiful, are violet Clustered Bellflower (Campanula
glomerata ‘Superba’) blooms with the yellow spotted leaves of leopard
plant (Farfugium japonicum 'Aureomaculata'), found in the Color
Theme Garden. What a sight for sore eyes!
also in for some eye candy in the Hilbert Conservatory. Our Bell Orchid (Grammatophyllum
scriptum) is blooming for the very first time! The huge stalks of this
Asian orchid can be covered with as many as 150 brown and green spotted
And our tropical hanging Pitcher Plants (Nepenthes, also called
“monkey cups” because monkeys have been seen drinking form them in the wild)
are super cool. Both of these spectacular tropical flowers are enough to
make your eyes pop out of your head, and very much worth your visit to White