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What's In Bloom

During October see the blue-lavender blooms of the aromatic asters –Symphyotrichum oblongifolium and cultivars ‘Raydon’s Favorite’ and ‘October Skies’ – by the Warren H. Corning Visitor Center and in the Display Garden, the Arlene and Arthur S. Holden Jr. Butterfly Garden and at Lantern Court. See the Chinese abelia (Abelia chinensis) and the pink-flower indigo (Indigofera amblyantha) in the Holden Butterfly Garden. On the south end of the Myrtle S. Holden Wildflower Garden mistflower (Eupatorium coelestinum ‘Cori’) is showing off its blue blossoms. The last flower to come into bloom in the Display Garden and also in the Holden Butterfly Garden is the Tatarian aster (Aster tataricus ‘Jindai’). 


Check out the red yarrow (Achillea millefolium ‘Paprika’) and the yellow willow-leaf sunflower (Helianthus salicifolius ‘Low Down’) in the Linda and Eliot Paine Rhododendron Discovery Garden. At Lantern Court see the blue flowers of the rough gentian (Gentiana scabra var. buergeri) near the parking lot, and Hubei anemone (Anemone hupehensis) near the front of the house. Check out the beautiful silvery plumes of flame grass (Miscanthus oligostachyus ‘Purpurascens’) in the Sally Gries Entry Garden along Sperry Road that also displays bright fall color. On the south side of the Display Garden see the colorful switch grass (Panicum virgatum ‘Ruby Ribbons’ and the purple beautyberry (Callicarpa dichotoma ‘Issai’) that may also be found at Lantern Court east of the drive and the big yellow buckeye (Aesculus flava). Enjoy the marvelous fall foliage of our maple (Acer), sweetgum (Liquidambar), sourwood (Oxydendrum), sassafras (Sassafras), tupelo (Nyssa) and birch (Betula) trees in the gardens, woods, fields, and around the ponds. Take a walk along the "Leaf Trail" and make a collection of colorful fallen leaves.

Symphyotrichum oblongifolium October Skies
Symphyotrichum oblongifolium 'October Skies'


Chrysanthemum at Lantern Court
Chrysanthemum at Lantern Court
Acer saccharum 'Green Mountain' sugar maple in the Display Garden


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