Gardeners’ Top Picks May 2020

Gardeners' Top Picks May 2020

We’re gearing up for summer, and so are our gardens! Our garden team has hand selected their top plant picks for May.

Red Buckeye (Aesculus pavia)

Bloom Time: April – May

Sun Requirement: Full sun – part shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Hummingbird magnet

Tolerates: Clay Soil

Native to North America: Yes

Other: Prefers moist soil. Great shrub for rain gardens.

Zones: 4 – 8

Location: Bracken Foundation Children’s Garden

Kousa Dogwood (Cornus kousa ‘Miss Satomi’)

Bloom Time: May – June

Sun Requirement: Part Sun – shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Bees & Butterflies

Tolerates: Deer

Native to North America: No

Other: Attractive & edible fruit. Excellent selection for woodland gardens.

Zones: 5 – 8

Location: Carell Dogwood Garden

Fuzzy Deutzia (Deutzia scabra ‘Plena’)

Bloom Time: May – June

Sun Requirement: Full sun – part shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Bees

Native to North America: No

Other: Fragrant blooms/good hedge plant

Zones: 5 – 8

Location: Carell Dogwood Garden

Coral Bells (Heuchera ‘Autumn Leaves’)

Bloom Time: May – June

Sun Requirement: Part Sun – shade

Water Requirement: Dry – Medium

Wildlife: Bees & Butterflies

Tolerates: Sun

Native to North America: Yes

Other: Wonderful plants to add lasting color (foliage) throughout 3 seasons.

Zones: 4 – 9

Location: Carell Dogwood Garden

Peony (Paeonia ‘Julie Rose’)

Bloom Time: May – June

Sun Requirement: Full sun – part shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Bees

Tolerates: Rabbit & deer

Native to North America: No

Other: Fragrant and attractive large blooms.

Zones: 4 – 9

Location: Bracken Foundation Children’s Garden

Nine Bark (Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Diablo’)

Bloom Time: May – June

Sun Requirement: Full sun – part shade

Water Requirement: Dry – Medium

Wildlife: Bees, butterflies & birds

Tolerates: Drought, erosion, clay soil

Native to North America: Yes

Other: Bark provides exceptional winter interest / Great as a hedge / Excellent pollinator plant

Zones: 3 – 7

Location: Howe Garden

Blue-eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium angustifolium ‘Lucerne’)

Bloom Time: May – June

Sun Requirement: Full sun – part shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Bees & birds

Tolerates: Light shade & some drought

Native to North America: Yes

Other: Perfect selection for rock gardens and woodland borders

Zones: 4 – 8

Location: Turner Seasons Garden

False Spirea (Sorbaria sorbifolia ‘Sem’)

Bloom Time: June – July

Sun Requirement: Full sun

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Bees & butterflies

Tolerates: Erosion

Native to North America: No

Other: New foliage is colorful & attractive / Excellent use as massing for erosion control on slopes and hillsides

Zones: 2 – 8

Location: Bracken Foundation Children’s Garden


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