Spring is busting out all over. Trees, shrubs and bulbs start the season off as the perennials just get started. Birds are scurrying around building nests and tending to babies. Native Bumblebees and imported honeybees are just starting to move about as more blooms open filled with nectar.
As you stroll the gardens and enter the gate take the path to your right. Wander briefly until you see a small side path to your left. This will lead you to the first plant on this sheet. The Cherry Laurel. This type is a short shrub type. We have a much bigger tree type further up the path against the building. Head back to the main path and continue to your left. At the flat area adjacent to the small pool, you’ll find the variegated ‘Carol Mackie’ Daphne. If it’s in bloom today, take a sniff! From here simply turn around and under the dwarf maples you’ll find an underused native plant, the Fothergilla. The leaves have a slight blue tint. Next is the Prague Viburnum which forms a solid background along the path. Many viburnum species, native and non-native, bloom throughout May.
As you reach the greenhouse entrance follow the path to the left to discover the tree peonies and the horse chestnut. This area has many plants that are considered Growing Zone 7 and are more common further south of New England. A small perennial is also in bloom in this area, the Heart-leaved Bergenia. It’s one of the earlier spring perennials to have in a garden.
Follow the path to the back of the main greenhouse and look out at the Rose Maze and the 3 standard lilacs to the left of the stairs. They are not as fragrant as Common Lilac but great for small urban gardens.
Continue along the path to your left under the big beech tree. The plant at the top of the stairs is the candytuft. At the bottom of the stairs is the gold alyssum and then further to your left along the path is the gas plant and some more candytuft.
Enjoy the spring sunshine and fresh breezes.