It’s the first official week of summer and the Garden’s beauty is at its most verdant. Dappled sunlight filters down through a filled out canopy in the Forest, while the Rose Garden continues to carry the torch for outdoor color. But elsewhere, like in the Native Plant Garden, Perennial Garden, and Rock Garden, you can find gems showing off their petals.
Around the Garden
Summer doesn’t officially kick off until June 21, but the Garden grounds are already well-prepared for the season of green. And among that green, from the Native Plant Garden to the Forest, you’ll find the bright peppering of color offered up by spring’s later blooms. Come for the roses at peak bloom this week, and stay for all of the little treasures you’ll discover during a walk through our 250 acres.
It’s all about roses this week as we head toward our long-awaited Rose Garden Weekend at NYBG, June 9 & 10. The Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden is wearing all of its spring finery! Look for floribundas, hybrid teas, and more—all of them blooming in a confetti of pinks, reds, whites, and yellows. Elsewhere in the Garden, you’ll find the Forest greening out ahead of summer, an abundance of ferns and foliage in the Native Plant Garden, and of course the Hawaiian beauty of Georgia O’Keeffe: Visions of Hawai‘i—currently our Nolen Greenhouses are full to the brim with new plants ready to make their way into the exhibition in the Conservatory; look for them soon!
The diverse rooms of the Perennial Garden are coming into fashion this week as salvias and nepetas open up to the warm weather, and more is on deck as we near the summer season. In the Native Plant Garden, keep an eye out for Sarracenia species, their flute-like pitchers turned up to the sky all around the water feature. Native rhododendrons and azaleas in this garden are also making themselves known, as are perennials like Zizia aurea. Late spring is a beautiful time to explore NYBG!
Perennial of the Week: Catmint (Nepeta)
These showy and aromatic plants steal the spotlight this week! You can find various species and cultivars throughout the Garden, but you won’t want to miss them in action on the Seasonal Walk. In addition to being easy-to-grow and versatile plants, Nepeta blooms heavily and attracts many bees and butterflies.
The Matelich Peonies are the collection to spot this week, with dozens of pink, red, purple, and white flowers unfurling their large petals just outside the front doors of the Conservatory. Before it becomes the Rose Garden’s time to shine, these are some of the most colorful blooms you’ll see at the Garden! Elsewhere, the Lilac Collection is still showing color and fragrance, while the Garden’s abundant greenery fills out in preparation for summer.
Glorious showy blooms are held above rich green foliage on these peonies. Amidst the Matelich Anniversary Peony Collection, you will find a wide range in form from single to fully double, with satiny petals in white, pink, coral, and red. They offer up scents of rose, lemon, honey, or musk that sing of Spring and even warmer days to come! You will find this collection along Perennial Garden Way, with more than 150 herbaceous peonies reaching their peak in mid-May.
Bright whites and fiery fuchsias define the Garden’s spring blooms this week, with flowering dogwoods and azaleas decked out in their seasonal finest. Look for pastel blues, pinks, and purples, too, thanks to the fragrant lilacs and gentle bluestars to be found in our collections.
With the early blooms of the daffodils, cherries, and magnolias winding down, we’re barreling right into azalea and crabapple season, with lilacs and tree peonies hot on their tails. The warm weather has flowers popping up in abundance throughout our many collections, so now’s the time to visit if you want to catch true Spring color in action.
With the daffodils and cherry blossoms having peaked, there’s still plenty to see of them around the Garden—but they won’t last forever, so don’t wait past this weekend. In turn, the azaleas are ramping up with wild abandon, making these spring stand-outs the big stars going into this warm, warm May weather.
Spring is here. For real here, as far as I’m concerned. And with daytime temps looking to be in the 60s for the rest of the week (fingers crossed), it’s a great time for our flowers to catch our flowers waking for the season. You’ll find cherry blossoms galore, fragrant magnolias, and daffodils in abundance cascading across Daffodil Hill, Liasson Valley, and elsewhere throughout the Garden. The azaleas won’t be far behind!
The spring spectacle is just now starting in earnest, with daffodils, cherry blossoms, and early azaleas beginning to make moves throughout the Garden. Look for magnolias, too, as we head for the end of April and into the expected kaleidoscope of color that makes up May. The next few weeks should be incredible for flower lovers!
Magnolias’ fragrant flowers are some of the first to herald spring’s arrival. The Garden’s collection showcases the many diverse shapes and lovely shades of these sweet-scented blooms. You’ll find a stroll along Magnolia Way never fails to delight with the promise of warm days to come.