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.
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.
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.
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.