botanical garden1 300OWENSBORO, Ky. (6/24/14) — June is almost over and summer is officially here.

Vegetable harvest and blooming of some perennials are a little late this year.

The harsh winter is still showing its affect on some plants. Daylilies are blooming later and haven’t reached their peak bloom yet. Some annuals that haven’t been seen in the Garden for several years are prolific this year. Perhaps the extreme cold was needed to wake up the seeds.

The ericaceous garden at the Western Kentucky Botanical Garden is a garden with plants from the ericaceous family such as azaleas and rhododendrons and any plant that likes acid soil.

There are several types of hostas including ‘Empress Wu’, a hosta that will reach 4’ tall, are also in this area since this is the shadiest garden.

One of the trees in this garden is the seven- sons tree, Heptacodium miconiodes. This tree grows 15 to 20’ high. It does benefit from some shade. The bark is gray brown and exfoliating to reveal a lighter inner bark, similar to crapemyrtles. It flowers in August to September. It does not have much of an autumn color, but it is an interesting and unusual tree.

Perennials surround a small pond in the center of this garden. Other plants in this area are oakleaf hydrangeas, Hydrangea quercifolia. They are putting on a show now with their white elongated blooms.

There are so many interesting plants in this garden and wonders to see.

Barbara Russ, Horiculturist for Western Ky. Botanical Garden

e-max.it: your social media marketing partner

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

Posted on 2/2/14

In Other News...

Oilers' Win Overturned by OVL

OWENSBORO, Ky. (7/6/15) — The Owensboro Oilers' 3-2 win against the visiting Hopkinsville Hoppers played on July 1 has… Read More

4th Fest Ends with ‘a Bang’ of Music, Fireworks

MADISONVILLE, Ky. (7/5/15) – The fifth annual 4th Fest finale took place on Saturday, July 4th at the Madisonville City… Read More

Most Read This Week

July 02, 2015 15365

Emergency Response Team on Scene of Standoff on…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
July 02, 2015 7934

Police: Stand Off Suspect in Critical Condition

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
June 29, 2015 4655

Accused Synthetic Marijuana Traffickers Appear in…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
July 03, 2015 3899

KMA Reminds Motorists of New Kentucky Red Light…

by David Holt
June 30, 2015 3655

Earlington Man Faces Multiple Charges after…

by SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

June 24, 2015 45828

Western Kentucky, Southern Indiana's Largest…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
July 02, 2015 15365

Emergency Response Team on Scene of Standoff on…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

July 06, 2015 2052

Man Accused of Choking Girlfriend, Threatening to…

by SurfKY News
July 05, 2015 1669

Hopkins County Traffic Advisory

by Keith Todd
July 05, 2015 1588

More Dental Patients Using ER in Kentucky

by Al Cross
July 05, 2015 1306

4th Fest Ends with ‘a Bang’ of Music, Fireworks

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
July 04, 2015 1072

Recycling Equals Fun During iRecycling Regatta

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
July 06, 2015 938

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports Released -…

by SurfKY News
July 06, 2015 886

Driving on Suspended License, Alleged Fleeing…

by SurfKY News
July 05, 2015 849

Study: One Dose of HPV Vaccine Effective

by Melissa Patrick
July 05, 2015 821

Legislator's Log - Week of July 5, 2015

by Brent Yonts
July 05, 2015 812

July 4 Saturday on the Square Features Patriotic…

by Mike Groves, SurfKY News