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What's Beautiful Now at NYBG? (Week of May 15, 2017)

Last Updated: May 15, 2017  |  6 Views

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Photograph of Azalea garden

Azalea Garden

The Spring crescendo of white, coral, pink, and purple azalea blossoms here in the Azalea Garden is one of NYBG’s most striking seasonal spectacles. Alongside the azaleas and rhododendrons, you’ll find swathes of Anemone nemorosa ‘Alba Plena’, Erythronium americanum, and various Epimedium.

Rock Garden

This garden is awash in color, and the display can change daily and even hourly on a sunny day.

Photo of Auricula theater

Auricula Theater

Pots of charming primroses grace their own special theatre as we carry on a tradition from Victorian England. Located in the Nancy Bryan Luce Herb Garden.

Photo of tree peonies

Tree Peony Collection

Enormous flowers in many colors grace these shrubs this week. Not to be missed!

Matelich Anniversary Peony Collection: This diverse herbaceous peony collection is starting it’s show. Early bloomers in coral, red, white and yellow get the season off to an elegant start.

Photo of lilac

Lilac Collection

Our Lilac Collection is filled with color and fragrance this week as these old-fashioned favorites strut their stuff.


Tree of the Week: Magnolia × wieseneri, hybrid magnolia

This late-blooming magnolia is a hybrid between Magnolia obovata and Magnolia sieboldii. The origins of Magnolia × wieseneri are obscure. It first appeared in Japan sometime in the 19th century (or possibly earlier) as a result of spontaneous hybridization or the result of deliberate cross-breeding between the parent species. Look for the large white blooms and showy purple stamens of this unique hybrid within the Magnolia collection on the east side of Magnolia Way. Be sure to enjoy its spicy pineapple-like fragrance!


Perennial of the Week: Amsonia hubrichtii, threadleaf bluestar

Though native to the Ouachita Mountains in central Arkansas, Amsonia hubrichtii is not a common perennial. This erect, clump-forming perennial reaches 3' in height and width. Noted for its powdery-blue spring flowers, feathery green summer foliage, and golden fall color, this plant is popular for its versatility of use in borders, native plant gardens, rock gardens, and open woodland areas. You can find this beauty around the Perennial Garden and the Azalea Garden. 

For a "What's Beautiful Now" self-guided tour map please follow this link.

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