Gardeners’ Top Picks August 2019

Gardeners' Top Picks August 2019

Don’t miss these summer stunners! Our garden team has hand selected their top plant picks for August from 7 of our distinct gardens. Use this as your guide as you explore the grounds.

Pickerel Weed (Ponterderia cordata)

Bloom Time: June – October

Sun Requirement: Full sun

Water Requirement: Wet

Wildlife: Fish, Dragonflies & Butterflies

Tolerates: Part sun and low fertility

Native to North America: Yes

Other: Seeds and leaves are edible

Zones: 3 – 8

Location: Boxwood Gardens (Grotto)

Rattlesnake Master (Eryngium yuccifolium)

Bloom Time: June – September

Sun Requirement: Full sun

Water Requirement: Dry – medium

Wildlife: Butterflies & bees

Tolerates: Drought

Native to North America: Yes

Other: Seeds and leaves are edible

Zones: 5 – 9

Location: Howe Garden

Lacebark Pine (Pinus bungeana)

Sun Requirement: Full sun – part shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Tolerates: Deer

Native to North America: No

Other: Excellent landscape specimen

Zones: 4 – 8

Location: Turner Seasons Garden

Black-eyed Susan Vine (Thunbergia alata ‘African Sunset’)

Bloom Time: June – October

Sun Requirement: Full sun – part shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Bees

Tolerates: Heat

Native to North America: No

Other: Perfect twining vine!

Zones: 10 – 11

Location: Burr Garden

Angel Wings (Caladium hortulanum ‘Lemon Blush’)

Sun Requirement: Full sun – part shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Tolerates: Heat & humidity

Native to North America: No

Other: Can be used as a houseplant, slugs can present a threat to foliage

Zones: 10 – 11

Location: Color Garden

Crocosmia (Crocosmia)

Bloom Time: June – August

Sun Requirement: Full sun

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Hummingbirds

Tolerates: Some shade

Native to North America: No

Other: Good cut flower

Zones: 5 – 9

Location: Wills Perennial Garden

Russian Sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia)

Bloom Time: June – October

Sun Requirement: Full sun – part shade

Water Requirement: Dry – medium

Wildlife: Bees

Tolerates: Heat & drought

Native to North America: No

Other: Fragrant and showy blooms

Zones: 5 – 9

Location: Literary Garden

Fothergilla (Fothergilla ‘Blue Shadow’)

Bloom Time: April – May

Sun Requirement:
Full sun – part shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife:Bees

Tolerates: Wet soils & drought

Native to North America: Yes

Other: Striking powder blue foliage

Zones: 5 – 8

Location: Herb Study Garden


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