The gardens at UNC-Charlotte are looking great right now. I stopped by this week and took a few photos that I thought you might enjoy seeing. This time of year it’s impossible to keep up with all the new blooms and leaves and fronds, but it’s fun to try. Too bad you can’t pitch a tent there. Although come to think of it, there is a “hang your hammock” area and that’s almost as good.
Just inside and to the right in The Susie Harwood Garden, this bed of Eastern Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis) and American Royal Fern (Osmunda spectabilis) comes into view.
A Cinnamon Fern (Osmundastrum cinnamomeum) with lots of characteristic fertile fronds sits just to the left.
Even in the absence of spore-laden structures, flip over a frond and look for tufts of hair at the base of each pinna. These, too, will help you determine that you’re looking at at Cinnamon Fern.
A wildflower bed with several species of Trillium, foamflower, bloodroot, and heuchera.
At the edge of the Harwood Garden is the Mellichamp Native Terrace. Coreopsis and phlox are the current stunning pops of color for a background of lush, green texture. The fuzzy Fringe-tree (Chionanthus virginicus) at the back of the garden
Fringe-tree shows off the delicate flowers that earned it its common name.
Cinnamon Fern with Celandine-poppy (Stylophorum diphyllum). Notice all those dangly seedpods?
Celandine-poppy likes to spread itself around, but who minds? All those yellow flowers are little spots of sunshine in the garden.
A plant that doesn’t do well for me (deer, dry soil) looking great here — Ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius).
Ninebark’s clusters of rosy blooms.
Who doesn’t love Red Buckeye (Aesculus pavia)? Such interesting flowers, and so gorgeous, too, draping slightly with the weight of their lushness. The petals look like little hearts.
This fabulous specimen is waiting for you on the path out of (or into) the garden.
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