Lilacs + Lots more in Bloom 5.24.19

The lilac season is still underway at Willowwood! The late-blooming lilacs, such as Preston Lilac (Syringa x prestoniae), Henry Lilac (Syringa x henryi) and Yunnan Lilac (Syringa yunnanensis), are just starting to bloom and should peak this upcoming week. Many of the mid-season lilacs still have fragrant blooms as well so it is a pleasure to walk among them in Highland Park. Another plant we are anxiously awaiting to bloom, are the peonies, which have just begun to flower.
This week at Willowwood, many purple and blue flowers have appeared throughout the gardens. In the Cottage garden, several Irises just came into bloom last week, including Iris sibirica 'Caesar's Brother'. A native favorite, Blue False Indigo (Baptisia australis) has also come into bloom near the propagation greenhouse. Be sure to keep an eye on the Baptisia again later in the season when it’s musical seedpods form and jingle when they move. Nearby, there are drifts of Spanish bluebells (Hyacinthoides hispanica) in Highland Park, adding pops of pastel blue among the white, purple, and pink lilacs.
The gardens also have plenty of flowering trees and shrubs this time of year. Near the main parking lot, visitors can see the Horse Chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum 'Baumanii') and the Cranberrybush Viburnum (Viburnum opulus 'Aureum') in full bloom. In addition, throughout the gardens the Dogwoods are in bloom. Last year our staff planted several ‘Scarlet Fire’ dogwoods (Cornus kousa ‘Rutpink’) with striking dark pink flowers. These dogwoods can be seen near the front entrance gate and in the woodlands behind the Tubbs House. The woods are also full of various azaleas in bloom, such as this Florida Flame Azalea (Rhododendron austrinum). The bright colors are so bold and warm that I am immediately reminded that summer is right around the corner.

5.24.19 Bloom Report