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What’s in Bloom: May 11-18

In the Nature Garden:

Camassia leichtlinii (Quamash) growing two to four feet, including the flower spike, quamash is native to North America with a pyramidal raceme of bright star flowers atop a stem rising above a grassy clump

In the Show Garden:

Berberis thunbergii f. atropurpurea ‘Royal Cloak’ (Japanese Barberry); rich colourful foliage on this shrub is hard to miss – the leaves on this selection are larger, rounder, and a deeper purple than those of other barberries.


In the Knot Garden:

Tulipa ‘White Elegance’ (Lily Flowering Tulip) with Fagus sylvatica forma purpurea ‘Cuprea’ (Purple Beech) in the background; an elegant ivory tulip flowering in mid-season, good for cutting

In the Garden Hall Courtyard:

Acer palmatum var. dissectum ‘Crimson Queen’ (Japanese Maple) with Tulipa ‘Queen of Night’ and Tulipa ‘Annie Schilder’; Japanese maples are exhibiting extremely rich colour this season, here A. ‘Crimson Queen’, a popular old cultivar hardy to zone 5

In the West View Terrace:

Daphne x burkwoodii ‘Carol Mackie’ (Daphne); extremely fragrant shrub bearing small pink flowers completely covering the plant for approximately two to three weeks. It prefers acidic soil and shade from hot sun

In the Arrival Courtyard:

Wisteria floribunda ‘Issai’ (Japanese Wisteria); Japanese Wisteria is a hardy, rampant, deciduous vine; the cultivar Issai has relatively short clusters of fragrant lilac-blue pea-flowers and is an extremely vigorous twiner, quickly engulfing the structure it grows up

In the Entry Garden:

Amsonia tabernaemontana var. salicifolia (Blue Star); a native perennial to Eastern North America, deservedly becoming more popular in gardens as is exceptionally long-lived, bearing clusters of light blue starry flowers


In the Entry Garden:

Allium ‘Gladiator’ (Ornamental Onion); a very stately Allium with six inch globes of violet blue for early – especially early this seaon – summer

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