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What’s Beautiful Now

What’s Beautiful Now: Crape-myrtles of the Ladies’ Border

Posted in What's Beautiful Now on August 16 2019, by Matt Newman

Find your way to the entrance of the Ladies’ Border, pass under the overhanging greenery, and you’ll see the popping color of summer’s crape-myrtles blooming among the leaves. The punchy pink of Lagerstroemia ‘Choctaw’ and the vivid red of Lagerstroemia indica ‘Dynamite’ are absolute standouts.

Crape-myrtles on the Ladies' Border

Crape-myrtles on the Ladies' Border
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What’s Beautiful Now: On the Water’s Surface

Posted in What's Beautiful Now on August 9 2019, by Matt Newman

The beauty of summer’s water lilies is both a vertical and horizontal experience, painting the surface of the Conservatory Courtyard Pools with purple and neon green lily pads while the flowers—in white, purple, blue, and pink—rise up and reflect on the water. The koi fish that take shelter among their stems are an added bonus.

Nymphaea in the Conservatory Courtyard Pools

<em>Nymphaea</em> in the Conservatory Courtyard Pools
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What’s Beautiful Now: Perennial Delights

Posted in What's Beautiful Now on August 2 2019, by Matt Newman

The “rooms” of the Perennial Garden—hot, cold, and beyond—boast a seasonal bouquet of many varieties of summer bloom, including daylilies, hibiscus, and other warm-weather favorites that thrive in the bright sun. It’s the perfect spot for a stroll, or a sketch, with its meandering paths and abundant color.

Perennial Garden

Perennial Garden
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What’s Beautiful Now: Native Plant Garden

Posted in What's Beautiful Now on July 26 2019, by Matt Newman

In the Native Plant Garden, summer is the time to get out and explore the plants that call New York home, and you might be surprised at what you find. From lush, sun-dappled ferns under the trees, to carnivorous pitcher plants, to the swallowtail butterflies feeding on butterfly weed, it’s a must-see stop at the height of the seasonal greenery.

The Native Plant Garden

The Native Plant Garden
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What’s Beautiful Now: Rock Garden Resplendence

Posted in What's Beautiful Now on July 19 2019, by Matt Newman

Look for treasures along the paths of the Rock Garden, which invites you to explore its quiet and secluded displays, where small and vibrant alpine plants flourish. Flowers and wildlife alike call this peaceful collection home, so keep an eye out for chipmunks, dragonflies, and more.

The Rock Garden

The Rock Garden
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What’s Beautiful Now: A Wealth of Wildlife

Posted in What's Beautiful Now on July 12 2019, by Matt Newman

Plants and wildlife go hand in hand, and as the Garden grounds grow ever more green for the summer, birds, insects, and amphibians are out and about in abundance, including goldfinches, orchard spiders, dragonflies, green frogs, and more.

Goldfinch

Goldfinch
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What’s Beautiful Now: Earthly Fireworks

Posted in What's Beautiful Now on July 5 2019, by Matt Newman

This week’s fireworks high above are met with a similar show down below, with summer’s Crocosima, water lilies (Nymphaea), torch-ginger (Etlingera), and more now bursting in abundance in the Perennial Garden, the Conservatory Courtyard Pools, and beyond. See these and other colorful characters from NYBG’s collections in this glimpse into what’s beautiful now.

Crocosima ‘Lucifer’

<em>Crocosima</em> ‘Lucifer’
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What’s Beautiful Now: Seasonal Walk

Posted in What's Beautiful Now on June 28 2019, by Matt Newman

The Marjorie G. Rosen Seasonal Walk is the place to be as we boldly move into summer. You’ll see an abundance of beauty among the white lace flowers (Orlaya grandiflora), moor grass (Molinia caerulea ‘Moorhexe’), rusty foxglove (Digitalis ferruginea), queen of the prairie (Filipendula rubra ‘Venusta’), Chinese astilbe (Astilbe ‘Vision in Pink’), and Culver’s root (Veronicastrum ‘Adoration’). And that’s only the beginning of this season of verdant color.

What’s Beautiful Now: June Moments

Posted in What's Beautiful Now on June 14 2019, by Matt Newman

June is a colorful month among the flowers where the lushness of summer finally takes its place on grounds. Beyond the brilliant tropical greens of the newly opened Brazilian Modern: The Living Art of Roberto Burle Marx exhibition, there’s plenty to discover across our 50 collections as we near the warmest season of the year.

Orlaya grandiflora

<em>Orlaya grandiflora</em>
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Peony Paradise

Posted in What's Beautiful Now on June 4 2019, by Claire Lyman

Paeonia 'Paree Fru Fru' (Herbaceous)

<em>Paeonia</em> 'Paree Fru Fru' (Herbaceous)
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It’s peony paradise at the Garden right now! We’re racing through peony season this year with the tree peonies done, the intersectional peonies halfway through their flowering, and the herbaceous peonies now at peak bloom. Here’s a little primer to help you understand the differences between these bombastic spring beauties.

Herbaceous peonies have stems that die back to the ground in the winter, and are the most common peonies found in home gardens. Intersectional peonies (also known as Itoh peonies) are a delightful hybrid cross between tree and herbaceous peonies that exhibit a wonderful blend of traits. These peonies produce tree peony flowers and leaves on plants that behave like herbaceous peonies, dying down to the ground in winter and reemerging each spring. You will also find more yellow hues in Itoh peonies than herbaceous. Finally, tree peonies have woody stems that remain year round, with deciduous leaves and a distinctive flower form.