Early Summer is wonderful time to visit the Garden. Enjoy some highlights including poppies pictured here.
June Blooms: Magnolia, Echinacea, roses, poppies, water lilies, day lilies, pitcher plants, pale grass pink orchids and so much more!
Monarda didyma ‘Jacob Cline’ — scarlet red frilly starburst flower heads above stems of fragrant foliage. The common name (bee balm) is most likely not because bees are drawn to the plant but rather is from the folk practice of using the crushed leaves to soothe bee stings …. thus the “balm” part of the common name. Traditionally it was also used to treat a wide range of digestive and other issues. Bee balm is also called red or scarlet bergamot because of the lemony sent of the foliage, some Native Americans and early settlers used the leaves to make tea.
Monarda didyma is native to Virginia. Just a fun fact… It is in the mint family — look for square stems as the signal, you’ll find bee balm in the Central Garden.
Japanese Water Iris
Echinacea purpurea ‘Pink Double Delight’ — features a different petal formation than most coneflowers. Bubblegum pink blooms make it popular with visitors. Look for ‘Pink Double Delight’ along the Main Garden Path.
Nymphaea ‘Peaches and Cream’ has dark burgundy lily pads with freckles and pinkish blooms with yellow centers. You’ll find this waterlily in the pools just outside the Conservatory.
Calopogon pallidus — known as pale grass pink or swamp pink, this native orchid has pinky lavender flowers. It likes moist soil, and does well planted with Sarrencenia. You’ll find these beauties in the West Island Garden.
Nelumbo nucifera ‘Mrs. Perry D Slocum’ fabulous cream blooms with pink tips, interesting large green seed pods. You’ll find these gorgeous blooms in Lake Sydnor. View them from the Lotus Bridge for a closer look!
St. John's Wort
Each beautiful, intricate flower of Hypericum prolificum looks like a vibrant sunburst! When in bloom, this shrub becomes a busy hub of bumble bees gathering its plentiful pollen. Think that all bumble bees are the same? Think again! This shrub is the perfect place to observe and learn to identify the vast diversity of native bumble bee species. You’ll find them blooming along the edge of Lake Sydnor.
Use caution, this plant is toxic to humans and contact with the sap can also cause a skin reaction.