Daylilies are the big show stopper in July, plus plenty of hydrangeas, coneflowers, lotus, sea holly, verbena and other wildflowers. Here are a few of our favorites!
Love hydrangeas? Use our Garden Explorer Hydrangea Tour from your desktop or smartphone to plan your visit around these blooms. Link to this month’s Bright Spots (PDF) highlighting current blooms and interest.
Sea Holly ‘Blue Glitter’
Sea holly, or Eryngium planum ‘Blue Glitter,’ is a coarse thistle-like, perennial clump-forming, steel blue flower heads on tall stems. Pollinators love it! You’ll find it all over the Garden, but you’ll likely see it first in Parking Lot A.
Dahlia ‘Knockout’ Mystic Illusion
Dahlia ‘Knockout’ Mystic Illusion, yellow single flowers, dark foliage. Look for it in the Children’s Garden.
Some grow the blackberry lily for the bloom, others grow it for the fruit. Did you know that Iris domestica, when it’s done blooming, first creates a beautiful swirl of twisted petals with its spent bloom, then grows what looks like a blackberry? Don’t eat it though! Want to see a photo of the fruit too? Check out our blog post on the blackberry lily. Find it in the upper Asian Valley.
Coral honeysuckle, or Lonicera sempervirens, is a native honeysuckle with beautiful circular leaves. The blooms are coral red, and unlike the more commonly found Japanese honeysuckle this species is not invasive. Lonicera sempervirens was named the the Wildflower of the Year by the Virginia Native Plant Society in 2014. You’ll find it at the start of the Woodland Walk, near the cement pillars marking the Garden’s former entrance.
Stokes’ Aster 'Omega Skyrocket'
It’s not just the name ‘Omega Skyrocket’ that we love about the Stokes’ Aster, Stokesia laevis. The purple fringed flowers soar upward for 3 feet or more, attracting skipper butterflies and pleasing the eye. Look for it in Flagler Garden to the right, just after you cross the Lotus Bridge.