What's Beautiful Now at NYBG (week of April 4, 2017)?
This garden has made quite the Spring debut this year. Painted with brilliant swathes of Iris ‘Harmony’, Leucojum vernum, and various Narcissus, the landscape appears to have eagerly leapt out of its winter slumber. You will want to lean in and get a closer look at the troughs near the gate; they are brimming with sweet little surprises like the tiny flowers of Draba and Phlox.
Daffodils and Viola are blooming here now, providing a nice bit of cheer as the rest of the garden wakes up. They are joined by Hyacinthus and Corylopsis spicata.
Daffodils, early tulips and Viola are complemented by sweet swathes of Scilla siberica.
Tree of the Week: cornelian-cherry dogwood - Cornus mas
The stems of this early blooming dogwood are covered with small bright yellow flowers. These lovely small trees develop a broad canopy and display lovely golden-brown exfoliating bark. Look for them in bloom near the Mosholu Gate entrance to the Garden and in the northwestern border just outside the Home Garden Center beneath the Fir Collection.
Perennial of the Week: Japanese butterbur- Petasites japonicus
The unusual flowers of Japanese butterbur can be found emerging low to the ground just outside the Herb Garden. Large round clusters of tiny white-yellow flowers open before leaves and are surrounded by apple-green sepals, giving it a corsage-like appearance. Huge and dramatic leaves follow as the plant grows tall, giving it an exotic appearance. It loves boggy places and needs moist soil, as well as plenty of room to grow.