What's Beautiful Now at NYBG? (Week of July 10th, 2017)
Conservatory Courtyard Pools: The waterlilies and Lotus are beginning to flower in brilliant yellow, purple, pink, and even blue. Don’t miss these serene and magical aquatic plants!
Perennial Garden: This garden is full of color and texture this week as the perennials fully stretch out for the season. Bright gold Achillea and red Spigelia bring the hot room to life this week!
Sarracenia species are in full bloom in the wetland! This is also a good time to see early meadow perennials like Tradescantia ohiensis and our Penstemon collection.
This garden is awash in color, and the display can change daily and even hourly on a sunny day.
Tree of the Week: Oxydendrum arboreum, sourwood
Just inside the Rock Garden entrance on the left you can find two sourwood trees in flower. Oxydendrum are found in the same family as blueberries and have similar white urn-shaped flowers that bloom in pendulous clusters. The new leaves are edible, offering a slightly sour taste, and the honey produced from sourwood has a buttery flavor. You will find two more of these native trees blooming at the center of the glade in the Native Plant Garden.
Perennial of the Week: Hemerocallis, daylilies
In the height of summer, Daylily/Daffodil Walk is ablaze with the vibrant yellows, oranges, and reds of these easy-to-grow perennial favorites. Beloved by hummingbirds and butterflies, this genus is a hardy, long-lived relative of lilies, and is prized for being floriferous and colorful. Dr. Arlow Burdette Stout, a former curator at The New York Botanical Garden and one of the fathers of modern daylily breeding in North America, bred many of the daylily cultivars featured in the Garden's collections today.