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WHAT'S BLOOMING WEDNESDAY
peonies & baptisia

May 26, 2021

Flowering bulbs are out, and late spring bloomers: peonies and baptisia are IN.

What’s Blooming Wednesday kicks off with more of Colleen’s favorite flowers that are blooming right now in your neighborhood! We share our favorites as an opportunity for you to identify some of our favorite flowering plants, shrubs, and trees. Choose this week’s selections for your next commercial planting or backyard refresh.

Peonies: Ruffled Blooms for Late Spring

 

Tell us, how much do you love peonies?

We all do… Their feathery beauty, unfurling from a dense round bud, inspires many a bridal party with visions of a night of grandeur. They’re also a go-to cut flower for interior designers and home stagers who seek out high impact from relatively few blooms.

Sarah Bernhardt peonies

Our all-time favorite peony is the exceptionally-large double bloom called Sarah Bernhardt (named for the famed French actress), which is a feminine shade of pastel pink. Look also for the Festiva Maxima peony; known for its large white blooms with dollops of raspberry color.

 

Baptisia twilite prairie bluesBaptisia: An Architectural Element

Baptisia is another late spring option for your garden; often underrepresented, it is a low maintenance perennial.

While blooming in late May, the flowers – in shades of blue, purple, white and yellow – are very showy, but the baptisia bloom period doesn’t last very long. At Intreegue, we consider baptisia for its after-bloom beauty as well. After flowering, the seed heads on tall, upright stems appear architectural, adding a sculptural element to your landscape.

 

What is blooming in your yard that you can share with us? Intreegue’s landscape architects and designers are interested to know!

 

 

Intreegue Design is a licensed landscape architecture firm operating in Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and soon adding Napa Valley, California. We offer the added value of having expert horticulturists, forest conservation planners, Chesapeake Bay Landscape Design professionals and ISA-certified arborists in house.

Learn more about working with Intreegue and our Design Process.

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