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What’s in Bloom?

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What’s in bloom in Forsyth County? 

N.C. Cooperative Extension mantains two public gardens in Forsyth County with the assistance of NC State Extension Master Gardener℠ volunteers of Forsyth County:

  • Forsyth County Demonstration Garden, located at the Forsyth County Agriculture Building, 1450 Fairchild Rd, Winston-Salem, NC 27105
  • Arboretum and Gardens at Tanglewood Park, 4200 Manor House Circle, Clemmons, NC 27012

These gardens are open year-round for visitors.

If you want to learn more about one of the plants you see here, check out the NC Extension Gardener Plant Toolbox at plants.ces.ncsu.edu.


Week of May 16, 2024

Spring is here! There are lots of flowers blooming our gardens, including annuals and perennials.

If you are looking for basic gardening information, visit our Gardening in the Piedmont website for recordings of past webinars and other great garden resources!

Thank you to NC State Extension Master Gardener volunteers of Forsyth County, for assistance compiling this week’s photos and information.


Phlox paniculata, or garden phlox, is a native perennial that attracts a variety of pollinators to the garden. This plant is notorious for having disease issues late in the season, so gardeners should seek a disease resistant cultivar such as this ‘Opening Act White.’ Flower colors for this plant vary and include white, pink, and purple.

White phlox flowers

Phlox is now blooming at the Arboretum at Tanlgewood Park

Pink phlox

Phlox is now blooming at the Arboretum at Tanglewood Park.

Heuchera (coral bells) is a perennial that is typically grown for its colorful foliage, which adds interest to any shade garden. Southern gardeners should look for varieties that are heat resistant.

Coral bells

Coral bells are now blooming at the Arboretum at Tanglewood Park and at the Demonstration Garden.

Coral bells

Coral bells are now blooming at the Arboretum at Tanglewood Park and at the Demonstration Gardens.

Yellow coral bells

Coral bells are now blooming at the Arboretum at Tanglewood Park and at the Demonstration Gardens.

Achillea millefolium, also known as common yarrow, is another perennial that blooms in the springtime. In addition to attracting pollinators, the flowers make an excellent addition to cut or dried flower arrangements. This plant is available in cultivars with a variety of flower colors, including yellow, white, pink, and red.

yarrow

Yarrow is now blooming at the Arboretum at Tanglewood Park and at the Demonstration Gardens.

Yarrow with yellow flowers

Yarrow is now blooming at the Demonstration Gardens and at the Arboretum at Tanglewood Park.

Yarrow

Yarrow is now blooming at the Arboretum at Tanglewood Park and at the Demonstration Gardens.

Bletilla striata, commonly known as Chinese ground orchid, is a perennial flowering bulb. This plant grows best in damp, well-drained soil and in a sheltered site with light shade. Its orchid-like, downward-facing purple flowers and fan-like, pleated leaves make it a good choice for a border in a woodland garden.

Chinese ground orchid

Chinese ground orchid is now blooming at the Arboretum at Tanglewood Park.

Gaillardia, or blanketflower, is a native perennial that flourishes in full sun and in soil with good drainage. The flowers attract pollinators, and with consistent deadheading, will bloom from spring to fall. It is deer and rabbit resistant, and drought tolerant once established. If flowers are allowed to go to seed, this plant can multiply in the right spot.

Blanketflower

Blanketflower is now blooming at the Demonstration Gardens.

Blanketflower

Blanketflower is now blooming at the Demonstration Garden.

Sundrops (Oenothera fruticosa) get their name from their bright flowers that appear in the springtime. This native perennial grows in full sun to part shade. When it is not in bloom, this plant creates a groundcover and will spread when planted in the right place.

Sundrops

Sundrops are now blooming at the Demonstration Gardens.

sundrops

Sundrops are now blooming at the Demonstration Gardens.

Tradescantia ‘Sweet Kate’ is a golden spiderwort; this particular variety features striking yellow foliage. Most varieties have green foliage with purple flowers. Tradescantia is a low-growing perennial that grows in clumps. This plant will grow well in full sun to part shade.

Spiderwort

Spiderwort is now blooming at the Demonstration Gardens and at the Arboreutm at Tanglewood Park.

Virginia spiderwort blooms

Spiderwort is now blooming at the Demonstration Gardens and at the Arboretum at Tanglewood Park.

Sedum or stonecrop (Phedimusis kamschatka) is a perennial ground cover with succulent leaves and small flowers which are often yellow but can also be white or red, depending on the variety. This plant prefers full sun & dry conditions.

Yellow sedum flowers

Sedum is a groundcover that is now blooming at the Demonstration Garden and at the Arboretum at Tanglewood Park.

Tickseed (Coreopsis auriculata) isnative perennial that attracts pollinators and songbirds. It grows on full sun or part shade. Coreopsis is low maintenance with long bloom time and is not favored by deer.

Coreopsis flowers

Coreopsis is now blooming at the Demonstration Gardens and at the Arboretum at Tanglewood Park.

Coreopsis in bloom

Coreopsis is now blooming at the Demonstration Gardens and at the Arboretum at Tanglewood Park.

Peonies (Paeonia lactiflora) are herbaceous perennials famous for their very large, showy flowers. Peonies bloom in a range of colros, including pinks, reds, and even yellow-flowered varieties. You will often find ants feeding on the nectar of peonies; the ants are not harmful to the plant and do not require any management.

Peony bloom

Peonies are now blooming at the Arboretum at Tanglewood Park and at the Demonstration Garden.