Gardeners’ Top Picks May 2019

Gardeners' Top Picks May 2019

We’re gearing up for summer, and so are our gardens! Our garden team has hand selected their top plant picks for May from 8 of our distinct gardens. Use this as your guide as you explore the grounds.

Pinks(Dianthus)

Pinks

Bloom Time: April – July

Sun Requirement: Full Sun

Water Requirement: Medium

Tolerates: Deer

Native to North America: No

Other: Fragrant blooms, perfect for rock gardens

Location: Herb Study Garden

Coastal Doghobble(Leucothoe axillaris ‘Squazam’)

Coastal Doghobble

Bloom Time: April – May

Sun Requirement: Part shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Bees and butterflies

Tolerates: Deer

Native to North America: Yes

Other: Fragrant blooms, great for underplanting bigger shrubs

Location: Dogwood Garden

Avens(Geum ‘Tim’s Tangerine’ )

Avens

Bloom Time: May – September

Sun Requirement: Full sun – part shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Bees and butterflies

Tolerates: Deer

Native to North America: No

Other: Will bloom until fall with consistent deadheading

Location: Turner Seasons Garden

Siberian Iris(Iris sibirica)

Siberian Iris

Bloom Time: April – May

Sun Requirement: Part shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Butterflies

Tolerates: Rabbits, deer, drought

Native to North America: No

Other: Not susceptible to bacterial soft rot, perfect for rain gardens

Location: Shōmo-en Japanese Garden: Roji

Black Tupelo(Nyssa sylvatica ‘Wildfire’)

Black Tupelo

Sun Requirement: Part shade – full shade

Water Requirement: Medium – Wet

Wildlife: Birds

Tolerates: Wet soil

Native to North America: Yes

Other: Very showy foliage color; Great for rain gardens

Location: Howe Garden

Carolina Allspice(Calycanthus raulstonii ‘Hartlage Wine’)

Carolina Allspice

Bloom Time: March – April

Sun Requirement: Full sun – part shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Bees, butterflies, birds

Tolerates: Deer, clay soil

Native to North America: Yes

Other: Fragrant, low maintenance and easy naturalizer

Location: Burr Garden

Spiderwort(Tradescantia virginiana)

Spiderwort

Bloom Time: April – July

Sun Requirement: Full sun – part Shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Bees, butterflies

Tolerates: Wet soil

Native to North America: Yes

Other: Showy blue flowers

Location: Wills Perennial Garden

Japanese Painted Fern(Athyrium niponicum var. pictum)

Japanese Painted Fern

Sun Requirement: Part shade – full shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Tolerates: Rabbits, heavy shade

Native to North America: No

Other: Colorful foliage brightens up dark, shady areas

Location: Fern Garden


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