Top Plant Picks June 2024 - Cheekwood
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Penstemon ‘Dark Towers’ (Beardtongue)

Bloom Time: May to July

Sun Requirement: Full Sun

Water Requirement: Low to Medium

Wildlife: Hummingbirds and bumble bees

Tolerates: Deer tolerant

Native to North America: N/A

Zones: 3 to 8

Other: A perennial noted for its dark wine-red foliage and pink tubular flowers.

Location: Wills Perennial Garden

Penstemon 'Dark Towers'

Rosa ‘Mister Lincoln’ (Mister Lincoln Hybrid Tea Rose)

Bloom Time: May to September

Sun Requirement: Full Sun

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Bees

Tolerates: Disease resistant

Native to North America: N/A

Zones: 7 to 11

Other: This classic rose has dark velvety red blooms and is tall and upright in habit.

Location: Rose Study Garden

Rosa 'Mister Lincoln'

Coreopsis lanceolata (Lance-leaved Coreopsis)

Bloom Time: May to July

Sun Requirement: Full Sun

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Attracts butterflies, bees and other pollinators. Seeds provide food for birds.

Tolerates: Deer, Drought, Dry and Rocky Soil

Native to North America: Yes

Zones: 4 to 9

Other: A durable perennial that shows off with a beautiful display of golden yellow flowers.

Location: Bracken Foundation Children’s Garden

Coreopsis lanceolata

Lilium ‘Regale’ (Regal Lily)

Bloom Time: June to July

Sun Requirement: Full Sun to Part Sun

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies

Tolerates: Tolerates a wide array of soils

Native to North America: N/A

Zones: 4 to 8

Other: Grown from a bulb, this majestic lily has pure white trumpet flowers with purple streaks.

Location: Color Garden

Lilium 'Regale'

Eschscholzia californica ‘Golden West’ (California Poppy)

Bloom Time: May to July

Sun Requirement: Full Sun

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Honey bees, bumble bees, butterflies and beetles

Tolerates: Drought and heat tolerant

Native to North America: Yes

Zones: 6 to 10

Other: This wildflower has golden, cup-shaped flowers and fern-like blue-green leaves.

Location: Sigourney Cheek Literary Garden

Eschscholzia californica 'Golden West'

Rosa ‘Peggy Martin’ (Peggy Martin Rose)

Bloom Time: May to September

Sun Requirement: Full Sun

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Bees

Tolerates: Salt water

Native to North America: N/A

Zones: 4 to 10

Other: A vigorous spring blooming climbing rose with dark pink flowers.

Location: Color Garden

Rosa 'Peggy Martin'

Cladrastis kentukea (Yellowwood)

Bloom Time: May to June

Sun Requirement: Full Sun

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Nectar for pollinators and nesting sites for songbirds.

Tolerates: Urban conditions

Native to North America: Yes

Zones: 4 to 8

Other: Medium-sized native tree with fragrant white flowers followed by long flat seed pods.

Location: Bracken Foundation Children’s Garden

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Itea virginica ‘Henry’s Garnet’ (Virginia Sweetspire)

Bloom Time: May to June

Sun Requirement: Full Sun to Part Shade

Water Requirement: Medium

Wildlife: Attracts butterflies and other pollinators. Seeds eaten by songbirds.

Tolerates: Tolerates a wide array of soils

Native to North America: N/A

Zones: 5 to 9

Other: This shrub features fragrant white flowers in late spring or early summer and brilliant red-purple foliage in the fall.

Location: Museum of Art

Itea virginica 'Henry's Garnet'

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