Around the Gardens: Summer Favorites
Be sure to watch for these seasonal standouts on your next visit to the Gardens.
By Molly Hendry
What it is: Plumleaf Azalea (Rhododendron prunifolium)
What we love about it: This is one of the rarest of all our native azaleas, found only in the wild in a narrow region of Georgia and Alabama. Its deep orange-red blooms are a final crescendo to the native azalea show.
Where to find it: Kaul Wildflower Garden
What it is: Coneflower (Echinacea)
What we love about it: Coneflower features a wonderfully long bloom time, which extends through warm summer months.
Where to find it: Forman Garden
What it is: Daylily (Hemerocallis)
What we love about it: Daylilies are summertime staples of the Southern garden, with thousands of varieties available.
Where to find it: Jemison Lily Garden
What it is: Endless Summer Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Endless Summer’)
What we love about it: This shrub brightens shady corners and is true to its name, blooming into fall.
Where to find it: new planting at the southern end of the Formal Garden
What it is: Ostrich Fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris)
What we love about it: Large, dark brown, fertile fronds emerge from the crown of the foliage in midsummer and persist through winter.
Where to find it: bog area near entrance to Kaul Wildflower Garden
What it is: Lavender (Lavendula)
When it blooms: July/August
What we love about it: Lavender’s fragrant, deep purple bloom spikes appear at the beginning of summer and can be dried and enjoyed long past their bloom cycle.
Where to find it: raised beds in the Enabling Garden