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.
Double Tiger Lily 'Flore Pleno'
You may be tempted to think octopus when you see this remarkable specimen along the Main Garden Walk, and this double tiger lily does have alot of personality. Lilium lancifolium ‘Flore Pleno’ is just one of those blooms we overhear visitors talking about.
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.