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What’s in Bloom: June 29-July6

In the Entry Garden:

Monarda ‘Aquarius’ (Bee Balm) with Geranium psilostemon (Armenian cranesbill); this bergamot has bright pink flowers known for their unique shape, atop 30-inch erect stem and, prefers moist soil. It is shown here with the vibrant pink of the Armenian cranesbill.

In the Garden Hall Courtyard:

Eryngium giganteum (Mrs. Willmott’s Ghost/Giant Sea Holly); this species produces very large silvery-grey spiny flower heads with a greenish cone centre; drought tolerant once established, it is a self-seeding biennial

 In the Nature Garden:

Echincacea pallida (Pale Purple Coneflower); this striking species has pinkish-rose ray flowers, extending from a purplish-red disc; prefers full sun, will adapt to a range of soil conditions but must have good drainage

In the Nature Garden:

Gaillardia aristata (Blanket Flower); this native wildflower is popular for its long bloom season, producing daisy-like yellow flowers with burnt orange markings – good for cutting.

In the Water Garden-East:

Delphinium elatum ‘Sunny Skies’ (New Millenium Delphinium); this English hybrid delphinium outperforms all other tall types in rich shades from pale to sky blue, with a white bee

In the Terrace Garden:

Opuntia humifusa ‘Lemon Spreader’ (Prickly Pear Cactus); this vigorous, low-growing, spreading hardy cactus is smaller than the species but has the same requirements: good drainage and lots of sunshine!

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