What’s Growing On – June 2018

Daylily Collection – daylilies are planted throughout the Garden; our Van Valkenburgh Daylily Garden contains over 800 varieties

  • Daylily, Hemerocallis: herbaceous perennial; flowers open daily throughout the blooming season, individual flowers last one day


Hydrangea Collection – planted throughout the Garden

  • Smooth Hydrangea, Hydrangea arborescens
    • ‘Annabelle’: located in the Four Seasons Garden and the Bush Azalea Trail
    • Incrediball’®: deciduous shrub 4’-5’ tall and wide, blooming white on new wood; improved version of ‘Annabelle’ with much larger flowers; located at Teledyne Terrace
    • ’Invincibelle® Spirit’: improved ‘Annabelle’ with pink mopheads; located in the Loretta Purdy Spencer Volunteer Tribute Garden and the Garden of Hope
    • Hydrangea arborescens ‘Mary Nell’: white lacecap flowers, located in the Bush Azalea Trail
  • Bigleaf Hydrangea, Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Seafoam’: lacecap flower, located near Trading Post
  • Mountain Hydrangea, Hydrangea serrata ‘Tiara’, ‘Miranda’: located in the Bush Azalea Trail and on the asphalt path
  • Oakleaf Hydrangea, Hydrangea quercifolia: Alabama State Wildflower; varieties such as ‘Harmony’, ’Alice’, ‘Snowflake’, ‘Ruby Slippers’ , ’Sikes Dwarf’ located in the Four Seasons Garden, Bush Azalea Trail, Mathews Nature Trail, and Harbarger Hydrangea Border


Coneflower Collection – planted throughout the Garden (“must-see” new selections in Four Seasons Garden and Annual Garden)

  • Echinacea purpurea: coarse, rough-hairy, herbaceous perennial native to moist prairies, meadows and open woods of the central to southeastern United States; typically grows to 2-4′ tall; showy, daisy-like, purple flowers (to 5″ diameter) bloom throughout the summer atop stiff stems clad with coarse, ovate to broad-lanceolate, dark green leaves. The garden has added new selections with interesting flower forms and colors including ’PowWow® Wild Berry’ (rosy-purple), Cone-fections™ ‘Butterfly Kisses’ (double pink) ‘Raspberry Truffle’ (coral pink), Double Scoop™ ‘Cranberry’ and ‘Kim’s Knee High.’

Hybrids: 2013 AAS Flower Award Winner ‘Cheyenne Spirit’ – this stunning first-year flowering Echinacea captures the spirit of the North American plains by producing a delightful mix of flower colors from rich purple, pink, red and orange tones to lighter yellows, creams and white; it is the first of its kind offered from seed.


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