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What’s in Bloom?

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What’s in bloom in Forsyth County? 

The plants can be viewed in person at these gardens maintained by N.C. Cooperative Extension, Forsyth County Center, with the assistance of Extension Master Gardener℠ Volunteers:

  • 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

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 19, 2022

We are finding more and more caterpillars and other pollinators in the gardens. More plants are blooming each week. Be sure to take a moment to enjoy the flowers, wherever you are!

Special thanks to Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Desirae Balsamo for help compiling this week’s photos and information.


Dutchman’s pipe (Aristolochia tomentosa) is finished blooming, but our plant at the Arboretum at Tanglewood Park is acting as host for butterfly larvae (caterpillars)! We spotted several pipevine swallowtail caterpillars on this vine at the Arboretum. You can host butterflies and caterpillars in your yard too. Check out “Butterflies in Your Backyard” for information on how to get started.

Dutchman's pipe

Common Dutchman’s pipe is growing at the Arboretum at Tanglewood Park.

Pipevine swallowtail caterpillars

Pipevine swallowtail caterpillars feeding on Dutchman’s pipe at the Arboretum at Tanglewood Park.

Pipevine swallowtail caterpillar

A pipevine swallowtail caterpillar feeding on Dutchman’s pipe at the Arboretum at Tanglewood Park.

Yarrow (Achillea) is a flowering herbacious perennial and is part of the sunflower family. It is native to Europe and North America and can tolerate poor soil conditions as long as drainage is available. It is drought and humidity tolerant. Find this plant blooming at the Demonstration Garden.

Yarrow

Yarrow is blooming now at the Demonstration Garden.

Blue-eyed grass (Sisyrinchium angustifolium) is a perennial with grass-like foliage and small blue blooms. It is part of the iris family and prefers moist to average soil. You can find it blooming now in the Demonstration Garden.

Sundrops are a cheery, yellow perennial flower blooming now in our area. These plants are a wonderful addition to a rain garden. See them blooming at both the Arboretum and Demonstration Garden.

Sundrops

Sundrops are blooming now at the Arboretum and Demonstration Garden.

Sundrops

Sundrops are blooming now at the Arboretum and Demonstration Garden.

 

Foxglove, Digitalis purpurea, is a biennial plant native to Europe, Western Asia, and northwestern Africa. The flowers are tubular in shape and produced on a tall spike. Foxglove has medicinal uses but is also very toxic to humans and other animals.

Foxglove

Foxglove is blooming now at the Arboretum.

Green and gold, Chrysogonum virginianum, is rhizomatous, low- growing perennial which typically forms an easily controlled foliage mat.

Green and gold

Green and gold is blooming now at both the Arboretum and Demonstration Garden.

Wild columbine, Aquilegia canadensis, is a biennial that prefers part shade. Its red and yellow flowers are very attractive to hummingbirds, bees and butterflies.

Columbine

Columbine is blooming now at the Demonstration Garden and Arboretum.

Columbine

Columbine is blooming now at the Demonstration Garden and Arboretum.

Clematis is a perennial vine in the buttercup family. They need a neutral pH and may grow in part shade but will bloom the best in full sun.

Clematis

Clematis is blooming now at the Arboretum and Demonstration Garden.

Herbaceous peonies (Paeonia hybrids) are now blooming in our area. These plants grow best in full sun, where you can enjoy the large, unique flowers during the spring. You may see ants on the flowers and buds  – this is an example of mutualism. The ants feed on the nectar from the peony flowers, while they protect the blossoms of the peony from other floral-feeding insects.

yellow peony

Peonies are now blooming in our area. This yellow variety is flowering at the Arboretum at Tanglewood Park.

pink peony

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

Common yarrow (Achillea millefolium) is blooming now at the Demonstration Garden. Yarrow comes in a variety of colors and also has interesting, fern-like foliage that adds texture to the garden. Yarrow flowers can provide nectar and habitat for lady beetles (ladybugs) and butterflies in the garden.

yarrow

Yarrow is blooming now at the Demonstration Garden.

Tradescantia virginiana, or Virginia spiderwort, is a NC native perennial plant. The blue to purple to pink 3- petaled flowers live only a day, will grow in sun to shade and need moist, fertile soil. They spread by underground stolons and die back in the summer, but often rebloom in the fall.

Spiderwort

Virginia spiderwort is blooming now at the Arboretum and Demonstration Garden.

For more photos:

Click here for the folder of archived “what’s in bloom” photos.