What's Beautiful Now at NYBG? (Week of July 17th, 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!
Seasonal Walk: Tall Thalictrum creates a backdrop for bright blue Echinops and sunshine yellow Patrinia scabiosifolia. This dynamic garden really is a spectacular show of color and texture in the Summer heat.
Native Plant Garden: 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.
Tree of the Week: Lagerstroemia, Crape-myrtle cultivars
Look up as you walk along the Ladies’ Border this summer. Ample clouds of white, pink, and purple blossoms grace the upright branches of crape-mytles. The blooming season for these trees continues late into the summer. Many varieties have gorgeous exfoliating cinnamon and tan colored bark offering year round interest. You may also notice crape-myrtle’s summer blooms adding color to the metro-north train’s Botanical Garden Station.
Perennial of the Week: Eutrochium dubium ‘Baby Joe’, coastal plain Joe-Pye weed
This fabulous short statured cultivar of coastal plain Joe-Pye weed, Eutrochium dubium ‘Baby Joe’ is a still a stunner - topping out at just over 3ft and blooming with masses of fluffy pink flower heads in midsummer. This plant will thrive in moist, heavy soil commonly found near water sources and in roadside ditches but is equally at home in the garden border where its relatively short stature and compact size can be used to good effect. You can observe how we have employed its talents in the Native Plant Garden Entrance where it sits between the water feature and the main drive, just short enough to leave the view unobstructed. Its pink flower heads attract butterflies and bees as pollinators.