Top 10 Garden Highlights for July at Botanical Garden

Cleveland Botanical Garden  

This is a walker’s self-guided tour through the Gardens inside-and-out that will help us to discover the magic of local Nature in July.  Every month is a new top-ten list! 

  1. COSTA RICA BIOME:  BUTTERFLIES AND THEIR FLOWERS.  July is the best month to view our neo-tropical butterflies.  They love flying in the bright sunlight and sipping nectar from lantana, coralberry and other tropical flowers.  You will walk amidst about 500 tropical butterflies comprised of about 50 species.  
  2. RESTORATIVE GARDEN UPPER: DETAILS.  This is a great garden for July details.  Calming container bouquets punctuate the twining path, flanked in the beds by scads of delicate,  colorful leaves and flowers and textures, and even smells, and all up-close.  Can you find the purple sage, or even the popcorn plant (sniff a leaf)?
  3.  RESTORATIVE GARDEN LOWER: RED OAK.  Our red oak (Quercus rubra) is resplendent today in its crown of metallic green leaves.  It is 200 years old and rises on a straight trunk that bears witness to its youth when the Garden was still a forest. Stand underneath it for a moment and let it amaze you. 
  4.  CK PATRICK SHADE: HYDRANGEA AND HOSTA IN BLOOM.  We showcase dozens hydrangea and hosta cultivars here and today they’re all in bloom.  Familiar hydrangeas have company nowadays, illustrated by our black stem hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophyllum Nigra ).  Hostas normally grown for foliage also send forth July flowers.  Summer in the shade with hydrangeas and hostassumptuous!
  5.  CK PATRICK SUNSTOKES ASTER AND OTHER SUN-LOVERS.  This garden is a blooming treat from late March through October.  But today please try to “spot” the Stokes asters (Stokesia laevis selections) that make lovely, looselavender flowers that bend and twist in the sunlight as they dance with the bees.
  6.  CHILDREN’S GARDENPOND ACTION Pickerelweed (Pontederia cordata) is common in Ohio ponds, and just seems to go together with frogs.  Did someone say frogs?  Visit this garden, stand still for a moment on a pond-side rock, and you’ll get to see both pickerelweed andribit—frogs!  Children required, but adults also welcome.
  7.  POLLINATOR GARDENTRUMPET HONEYSUCKLE.  This is not a “bad” weedy honeysuckle, but a “good” one (Lonicera sempervirens)—because it’s a native Ohio plant.  Hummingbirds and moths seek its nectar.  Once established it grows free-and-easy, and blooms beyond just July, continuously from May through August.
  8.  WOODLAND GARDEN: NATIVE SHRUBS IN BLOOM.  Today look for some really tough native shrubs that are in bloom.  There are wood hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescensand oak-leaf hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia), both native to E. N. Amer.  Then there is the super-tuff bottlebrush buckeye (Aesculus parviflora).  It’s a problem-solver for a gardener’s bane: dry shade. 
  9.  JAPANESE GARDEN: JAPANESE MAPLES.  The azaleas and rhododendrons are done flowering, and let the colorful leaves of our Japanese maples (Acer japonicum & A. palmatum cv.take the baton.  Another nice plant for shade gardens, with varieties from small to large, green to red to purple, filigreed to forza.
  10.  SUNKEN GARDEN: DAYLILIES.  We can’t forget the daylilies (Hemerocallis hybrids) of July!  In truth, you can spy daylilies growing throughout our gardens, but this garden gives a nice showcase of mostly orange selections.  The really big, beefy daylilies have doubled chromosomes that induce them to flower with extravagance.