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

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