If you visited the Gardens in early May, you must have seen the gorgeous rock garden on 13th Ave SE as you go down the hill towards Munsinger. (It is across the street from the Virginia Clemens Rose Garden.) This garden was a blaze of color from blue and pink moss phlox and yellow “basket of gold” alyssum. If you go back for a visit later in the season, there will be dianthus and other plants blooming and the rock garden will look entirely different. Each plant has it’s “season” so that the garden will have a new look as the weeks pass.
It is May and the greenhouse is full of colorful annual flowers waiting to be planted in the Gardens. Garden staff carefully monitors the plants, making sure they receive the right amount of water. They don’t want the plants to dry out, but too much water can also be a problem. If plants bloom too early or start to get too tall, they are “pinched” so they will be bushier. This continues until a few weeks before planting. When they go in the garden beds, most plants are already blooming and give the Gardens instant beauty.