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Top 10 Summer Blooms

September 27, 2020

Butterfly Milkweed

Close up of orange Butterfly Milkweed


Our hearts are completely aflutter for Butterfly Milkweed, an ornamental orange flower that transforms any day from ordinary to extraordinarily colorful.

Orange Daylily

Orange lilies in a garden with Jane's Carousel in the distance.

© Etienne Frossard

If you’re a long way from home, you’re in good company. The Orange Daylily hails from China, Japan, and Korea. Admire its foreign flavor at the Ornamental Gardens.


White Summersweet flowers

© Wendy Cutler

All of the other flowers are bitter that they can’t smell as sugary and fragrant as Summersweet – its blossoms can be wafted in the Woodland Gardens.

Joe-Pye Weed

Pink Joe-Pye Weed on a sunny day.


We’re feverishly fascinated by Joe-Pye Weed, named for the healer who discovered its medicinal uses – you can discover its beautiful blooms amid the Freshwater Gardens.

Black-Eyed Susan

Close up of a bee on a Black Eyed Susan

© Julie Feinstein

Get lost in the hypnotizing gaze of Pier 1’s Black-Eyed Susan – its opal iris peeking from layers of lash-like petals, each of them a captivating canary color.

Rose Mallow

Close up of a Rose Mallow on a cloudy day.

© Rebecca McMackin

Forget toasting marshmallows, and toast to the sweet, white Rose Mallow – its large petals on display in the visually delicious Freshwater Gardens.

Saltspray Rose

Close up of a purple Salt Spray Rose on a cloudy day

© Julienne Schaer

Seasoned to perfection by Mother Nature, the Saltspray Rose is sprinkled with sumptuous pink petals and contains just a dash of yellow at its center.


Close up of a wasp on small white flowers.

© Julie Feinstein

Beautiful Boneset has gentle cream-colored blooms that count on the summer sun to open.

Giant Ironweed

Close up of purple Giant Ironweed

© Jason Sharp

A fan favorite of butterflies and bees, who are abuzz about the nectar it produces from July to September, the Giant Ironweed looms large in the gardens of Pier 1.

Panicled Hydrangea

Orange and black butterfly sitting on a white Panicled Hydrangea

© Etienne Frossard

The Panicled Hydrangea actually takes its name from the Latin word describing the cone-shape of its blooms – which have a calming effect on most.

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