What's in Bloom - September
As the autumn season sets in, the gardens at Cheekwood become a canvas for fall florals, from cardinal flower to the ever-popular chrysanthemums that steal the show during Cheekwood Harvest. As you stroll the gardens this month, be sure to keep an eye out for these blooming buds highlighted in the many distinct gardens throughout the grounds.
Lobelia cardinalis – Upright native perennial featuring brilliant red flowers that attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Loves moist soil and often found growing near streams and ponds.
Sigourney Cheek Literary Garden
Salvia microphylla x greggii ‘Heatwave Blast’
Drought-tolerant perennial with small leaves and near woody stems. Salmon colored flowers blooms lightly through the summer and crescendos to bloom heavily until frost.
Martin Boxwood Gardens
Large tree with picturesque loose pyramidal form and fan-shaped leaves that turn yellow in the fall.
Bradford Robertson Color Garden
Colocasia esculenta ‘Elena’
Tropical foliage plant with large heart-shaped leaves of a bold chartreuse color.
Herb Study Garden
Upright native perennial featuring brilliant red flowers that attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Loves moist soil and often found growing near streams and ponds.
Shomu-en, Japanese Garden
Ulmus parvifolia ‘Seiju’
Dwarf variety of this common deciduous tree with smooth leathery leaves and handsome, flaking bark. Commonly used in Bonsai.
Wills Perennial Garden
Datura metel “Belle Blanche”
The white trumpet-shaped flowers on this sprawling, exotic looking perennial open in the evening and last only one night. Attracts sphinx moths and other pollinators. A tender perennial that self-sows.
Burr Terrace Garden
Ornamental twining vine with purple-tinged trifoliate leaves. Features showy fragrant flowers that attract hummingbirds. Dried seeds are toxic.
Robinson Family Water Garden
Egyptian Star Flower
Pentas lancelota ‘Kaleidoscope Carmine’
A sturdy annual with star-shaped, fushcia blooms clustered together in rounded corymbs.
Ilex verticillata x serrata ‘Bonfire’
Deciduous shrub known for producing numerous dense clumps of small red fruits in the late summer. Holds fruit well into winter and acts as a source of food for songbirds.