Gardeners’ Top Picks September 2019

Gardeners' Top Picks September 2019

See what’s blooming during Cheekwood Harvest! Our garden team has hand selected their top plant picks for September from 8 of our distinct gardens. Use this as your guide as you explore the grounds.

White Gaura, Whirling Butterflies (Gaura lindheimeri ‘Sparkle White’)

Bloom Time: June – Frost

Sun Requirement: Full sun

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Butterflies

Tolerates: Deer, wet soil

Native to North America: Yes

Other: Great for wildflower gardens

Zones: 5 – 9

Location: Turner Seasons Garden: Summer Section/Trains Display

Hollow Joe Pye Weed (Eupatorium fistulosum)

Bloom Time: July – September

Sun Requirement: Full sun – part shade

Water Requirement: Medium – wet

Wildlife: Butterflies

Tolerates: Deer, wet soil

Native to North America: Yes

Other: Good cut flower, rain garden plant

Zones: 4 – 9

Location: Herb Study Garden

Fountain Grass (Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘National Arboretum’)

Bloom Time: August – October

Sun Requirement: Full sun – part shade

Water Requirement: Medium – wet

Tolerates: Drought, erosion, wet soil

Native to North America: No

Other: Rain garden plant

Zones: 5 – 9

Location: Bradford Robertson Color Garden

Hinoki False Cypress (Chamaecyparis obtusa)

Sun Requirement: Full sun – part shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Native to North America: No

Other: Specimen tree, year round interest

Zones: 4 – 8

Location: Shōmu-en, Blevins Japanese Garden

Stinking Cedar (Torreya taxifolia)

Sun Requirement: Part shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Native to North America: Yes

Other: Endangered species, rain garden plant

Zones: 5 – 9

Location: Howe Garden

Leadwort (Ceratostigma plumbaginoides)

Bloom Time: July – September

Sun Requirement: Full sun – part shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Tolerates: Erosion, clay soil

Native to North America: No

Other: Groundcover, true blue flowers, great fall color

Zones: 5 – 9

Location: Wills Perennial Garden

Japanese Anemone (Anemone x ‘September Charm’)

Bloom Time: August – October

Sun Requirement: Full sun – part shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Tolerates: Deer

Native to North America: No

Other: Naturalize

Zones: 4 – 8

Location: Robinson Family Water Garden

Turtlehead (Chelone lyoniii ‘Hot Lips’)

Bloom Time: July – September

Sun Requirement: Full sun – part shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Butterflies

Tolerates: Deer, erosion, wet soil

Native to North America: Yes

Other: Naturalize, rain garden

Zones: 3 – 8

Location: Carell Dogwood Garden


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