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What's in Bloom

Bloom Highlights

Bloom Highlights

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Sources for "What's in Bloom: Bloom Highlights" listings include the Chicago Botanic Garden's staff and database, as well as the publications and records of other botanic gardens, institutions, and the scientific community.

Leucanthemum x superbum 'Becky'

Becky Shasta Daisy

Sturdy stems and flowers make Becky shasta daisy (Leucanthemum × superbum 'Becky') stand out in windy and rainy weather. Porcelain-white flowers with yellow centers are produced atop 3-foot stems from midsummer up to frost (if regularly deadheaded). Its leaf growth tops out at 1 foot in height, and a clump can spread to 2 feet across. This daisy is a reliable, long-term perennial for the Chicago region.

Rosa 'Baipeace'

Hybrid Tea Rose

Love and Peace® rose (Rosa 'Baipeace') is a hybrid tea rose, featuring long, pointed buds with flowers that open golden-yellow, edged in pink. The fragrance is described as fruity and is not overpoweringly strong. Unlike many other hybrid teas, the foliage remains on the stem all the way to the ground throughout the growing season, eliminating the need to plant annuals in front of the rose to hide the "ugly ankles." It is hardy to USDA Zone 6, so plants must be protected in the Chicago region over winter with a layer of leaves or mulch about 18 inches high over the crown. Love and Peace® rose is also prone to black spot and powdery mildew, two banes of rose growers everywhere. This particular cultivar is an offspring of the famous Peace rose introduced shortly after World War II.

Rudbeckia hirta 'Indian Summer'

Indian Summer Black-eyed Susan

Golden-yellow flowers are produced throughout the warm months on Indian summer gloriosa daisy (Rudbeckia hirta 'Indian Summer'), a cultivar derived from native North American species. Butterflies love to visit the flowers for their nectar, while various seed-eating songbirds flock to the dried flower heads for ripe seeds in fall. Plant this one in full sun, and water only enough to establish the plant root system; then kick back to enjoy.

Physostegia virginiana

Obedient Plant The obedient plant grows to 4' tall and tends to form large clumps. Pink in the late-summer garden is rather rare. Obedient plant's abundant pink flowers that resemble snapdragons on 12" to 18" spikes grace the garden in late summer and fall. The interesting florets are attached to the square stems with wiry little stems (pedicels) that can be pushed into different directions, where they obediently stay put. Good pink perennial for late-summer gardening

Hosta 'The Shining'

The Shining Hosta

'The Shining' is a large (20 inches tall, 30 inches wide) hosta featuring bright gold foliage and fragrant flowers. It is a sport of H. 'Cathedral Windows' and noted for being a vigorous grower.

Hostas are shade tolerant, easy to grow, and long-lived. Although they produce flowers held high above the foliage on long stalks called scapes, they are grown primarily for their foliage and neat habit. Hostas are actively hybridized for leaf color, size, shape, and texture; natural mutations or “sports” are also common; new introductions abound. Hosta cultivars range in size from several inches to several feet; it may take 3-8 years for hostas to reach their full size. They all prefer moist, loamy soil enriched with organic matter. Some leaf damage by slugs is to be expected. Deer find hosta delicious.