September Blooms

Late summer is a wonderful time to visit the Garden. September highlights include a new flush of roses, fall azaleas, salvia, and many more favorites like this Victoria amazonica bud, pictured left.

Link to this month’s Bright Spots (PDF) highlighting current blooms and interest.

Salvia 'Hot Lips'

Salvia microphylla ‘Hot Lips’ a showstopper! You’ll find it in pots on the Fountain Terrace of the Central Garden. We don’t have to tell you how this beauty got is name.

Blue Cardinal Flower

Blue cardinal flower, Lobelia siphilitica, stiff unbranched stalks topped with blue tubular flowers. You’ll find it in the West Island Garden. This is a great spot to sit and watch for hummingbirds — they love it!

Lamb’s Ears 'Big Ears'

Lamb’s Ear, Stachys byzantina ‘Big Ears’, soft fuzzy gray-green leaves. You’ll find it in Flagler Garden.

Encore Azalea ‘Autumn Royalty’

Encore Azalea, Rhododendron ‘Autumn Royalty’ showy magenta flower. You’ll find it along with several other fall blooming azaleas in Flagler Garden.

Begonia ‘Alba’

Begonia grandis ‘Alba’, dangling white flowers over handsome bronzy leaves, red undersides. You’ll find it in Flagler Garden along the Woodland Walk.

Turtle Head

Chelone lyonii, tall stems of pink closed flowers, resemble the heads of turtles. You’ll find it in Flagler Garden.

Sweet Buckeye

Sweet Buckeye, Aesculus flava, fruit clusters are round capsules containing 1-3 nut-like seeds, the fruit is poisonous to humans. The seeds are beautiful on the tree and off. Several staff members think buckeye seeds bring good luck and carry them in their pockets.  Have you ever eaten the candy that resembles these beautiful seeds?  You can learn more about the candy, “Buckeye Balls,” that resembles the seeds and see a recipe on our blog. You can’t miss this tree in Grace Arents Garden.

Toad Lily ‘Hatatogisa’

Toad lily, Tricytis formosana ‘Hatatogisa’, orchid-like spotted flowers on low, spreading solomon’s seal like foliage. You’ll find them in the Asian Valley.

Salvia 'Black and Blue'

Salvia guaranitica ‘Black and Blue’, tall perennial with spikes of deep blue flowers. Flagler Garden, just across the Lotus Bridge. Just look for all the bees and other pollinators having a party getting nectar and pollen from this one!

Rose ‘Francois Rabelais’

Rosa ‘Francois Rabelais’ (Meilland) newer flowers are a deeper red and more fragrant; older ones are paler and less fragrant. You’ll find this beauty in the Rose Garden.

Obedient Plant ‘Vivid’

Obedient plant, Physostegia virginiana ‘Vivid’, large planting with tall, narrow spikes of violet-pink flowers, just opening. Called obedient plant because if you bend the flowers petals they will stay that way for a short while.  Actually, this one likes to spread — we don’t think it’s very obedient at all!   You’ll find it in Asian Valley.

Goldenrod ‘Fireworks’

Goldenrod, Solidago rugosa ‘Fireworks’, sprays of arching golden yellow flower stems. You’ll find it in the Central Garden and Grace Arents Garden.

Victorian Water Lily

Victoria cruziana, huge floating leaves like round trays with turned up edges, can reach 6 or more feet across in the wild. The large flowers open from prickly buds in late afternoon or evening. These beauties bloom for two nights, they are white on the first night, pink or red on the second. You’ll find it in the Conservatory Pools.


Tiny white blooms that make a big impact with their sweet, summery fragrance.  You’ll find the cultivar Osmanthus x fortunei ‘Fruitlandii’ (pictured) in the Asian Valley and in the Children’s Garden bordering on Grace Arents Garden.  Also we have a stand of four large Osmanthus heterophyllus  that have been pruned to arch over the sidewalk in the Asian Valley.



Jewelweed or Impatiens capensis is a native that can be a natural remedy for poison ivy. It attracts hummingbirds, butterflies and other pollinators.  It has two kinds of blooms – the kind pictured here and a smaller petal-less flower that never opens, but provides most of the seeds. The seed packets explode with the lightest touch, hence the other common name: touch-me-not. You’ll find it along the edge of Sydnor Lake near the Lotus Bridge.