What’s in Bloom

Clusters of pink miniature blooms along stock

Featured Bloom

Common Milkweed

Asclepias syriaca

This week is National Pollinator Week, an annual event that celebrates pollinators, addresses the urgent issue of declining pollinator populations, and supports all we can do to protect them. Common milkweed blooms June into July in a range of colors from rose pink to deep purple.  This native wildflower supports many pollinators including native bees and serves as a host plant to monarch butterfly larvae (caterpillars).

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  • Sweet-bay Magnolia

    Magnolia virginiana ′Jim Wilson′ Moonglow®

    Magnolia virginiana, commonly known as sweet-bay or swamp-bay magnolia, is an evergreen to partly evergreen tree native to the eastern United States. It grows 10-35 feet tall and blooms May through June, with white, fragrant flowers.  Magnolia virginiana will grow in full sun or partial shade and in moist, organically rich soils, but will also tolerate wet boggy soils and pond margins. The cone-like fruits of this tree are bright red showy seed pods. The cultivar ‘Jim Wilson’ was selected for its fast growth, upright habit, cold hardiness, and lush dark-green foliage.

  • Smooth Hydrangea

    Hydrangea arborescens ′Annabelle′

    ‘Annabelle’ is a selection of the native, deciduous, long-blooming smooth hydrangea. It grows three to five feet tall and has large white flower clusters can reach sizes of up to one foot across.  ‘Annabelle’ requires moist, well-drained soil and prefers partial sun, but will tolerate full sun if provided with constant water and no periods of drought. New growth is required for blooming, so this hydrangea should be pruned back in late winter.

  • Rose with single, light pink petals and yellow center

    Prairie Rose

    Rosa setigera

    This native, climbing rose has fragrant, pink flowers from which bees collect pollen.  The showy red fruit will attract wildlife and serve as a food source, especially for songbirds.  Growing up to 15 feet with support, prairie rose can be used in shrub borders, rose gardens, native plant gardens or can grow to form a thicket, hedgerow or other informal barrier.

  • blueberry fruit on shrub

    Highbush Blueberry

    Vaccinium corymbosum

    Vaccinium corymbosum, commonly known as highbush or swamp blueberry, is native to eastern and central North America and can grow 6-12 feet tall. After flowering in early spring, it produces blue to black berries in July through August which are sought after by humans and wildlife alike. It also provides excellent fall color, with leaf colors ranging from red to purple. It tolerates full sun to partial shade and prefers wet, highly acidic soil.

  • Japanese Hydrangea-vine

    Schizophragma hydrangeoides ′Moonlight′

    Japanese hydrangea-vine is a non-invasive vine that can grow to a height of 35 to 50 feet at maturity.  It is a nice plant for climbing up walls, since it uses adhering rootlets as fasteners rather than mechanical support and will perform limited or no damage to masonry. The vine prefers dappled light but, can grow in partial to full shade. It blooms in June through July displaying creamy white, heart shaped brachts.  The cultivar 'Moonlight' has foliage with a silver variegation and is hardy in USDA zones 5 to 9.

  • Orange Crossandra

    Crossandra infundibuliformis ′Tropic Yellow Splash′
  • Egyptian Star-cluster

    Pentas lanceolata ′PAS1096472′ Glitterati Purple Star™ (Glitterati Group)
  • Flower with light green drooping petals below purple and greenish-yellow cupped petal

    Orchid

    Prosthechea cochleata
  • Perennial Phlox

    Phlox paniculata ′Dusterlohe′ Nicky
  • Pink frilly rose like flower

    Lisianthus

    Eustoma grandiflorum 'Voyage 2 Pink'
  • Bright yellow lily flower

    Longiflorum-Asiatic Lily

    Lilium ′El Divo′
  • Common Banana

    Musa × paradisiaca
  • Clusters of small blue flowers in heads

    Flat-leaved Eryngo

    Eryngium planum ′Blue Glitter′
  • Peach flowers streaked with brown

    Peruvian-lily

    Alstroemeria ′Koice'
  • Smooth Hydrangea

    Hydrangea arborescens ′NCHA1′ Invincibelle Spirit®
  • Tall flowering spike of creamy white drooping flowers

    Adam's-needle

    Yucca filamentosa ′Color Guard′
  • Sundrops

    Oenothera fruticosa
  • Late Large-flowered Clematis

    Clematis ′Marcelina′ (Late Large-flowered Group)
  • Bear's-breeches

    Acanthus balcanicus
  • Cluster of purple flowers on tall stems

    Betony

    Stachys officinalis ′Hummelo′
  • Clusters of pink miniature blooms along stock

    Common Milkweed

    Asclepias syriaca

    This week is National Pollinator Week, an annual event that celebrates pollinators, addresses the urgent issue of declining pollinator populations, and supports all we can do to protect them. Common milkweed blooms June into July in a range of colors from rose pink to deep purple.  This native wildflower supports many pollinators including native bees and serves as a host plant to monarch butterfly larvae (caterpillars).