The Garden in Bloom 

May at the Botanical Garden

At Cleveland Botanical Garden in early May see the tulips (Tulipa) in the David and Paula Swetland Topiary Garden, the Campsey-Stauffer Gateway Entry Garden, and the Mary Ann Sears Swetland Rose Garden. Fragrant hyacinths (Hyacinthus orientalis), late daffodils (Narcissus), and summer snowflake (Leucojum aestivum) provide color in the above gardens and in the Elizabeth and Nona Evans Restorative Garden. In the Woodland Garden and Waterfall Garden are flowering dogwood (Cornus florida), and redbud (Cercis canadensis), also in the Sunken Garden.

In the Japanese Garden enjoy the azaleas (Rhododendron ‘Helen Curtis’ – double white, ‘Hino-Pink’, ‘Girard’s Rose’, and ‘Elsie Lee’ – lavender). More azaleas are in the Rose garden, ‘Desiree’ – single white, and ‘Helen Curtis’. In the Waterfall Garden is ‘Cascade’ – single white, ‘Herbert’ – reddish purple, and the Korean azalea (R. yedoense var. poukhanense – pale lilac purple. Don’t miss the Japanese wisteria (Wisteria floribunda) by the terrace walkway and in the Japanese Garden (W. floribunda ‘Rosea’), and also the American wisteria (W. frutescens) in the Inspiration Art Garden.

In the Woodland Garden see the Virginia bluebells (Mertensia virginica), trillium (Trillium grandiflorum), and the yellow flowered wood poppy (Stylophorum diphyllum). Check out the Carolina silverbell, (Halesia carolina) on the northeast side of the Woodland Garden. Spanish bluebells (Hyacinthoides hispanica) also bloom in the Woodland Garden near Doan Brook and in many of the other gardens. See the primroses (Primula) in the Restorative Garden along with bleeding-heart (Dicentra spectabilis) also in the Hershey Children’s Garden. Also in the Hershey Children’s Garden is a pink weeping cherry (Prunus subhirtella ‘Pendula’) that is in bloom during the first week of May this year.

Fragrant snowball viburnums (Viburnum x carlcephalum ‘Cayuga’) are blooming in the Entry Garden and the Restorative Garden. Korean spice viburnum (Viburnum carlesii) is blooming in the Rose Garden, the Western Reserve Herb Society Garden, and the Hershey Children’s Garden. The fragrant flowers of Burkwood viburnum (Viburnum x burkwoodii) open in the Restorative Garden. Doublefile viburnums (Viburnum plicatum var. tomentosum) bloom in the Inspiration Gardens. A number of iris come into bloom in May including the native dwarf crested iris (Iris cristata) along the White Oak Walk and in the Japanese Garden, and later in the month, tall bearded iris blooms in the Herb Society’s Fragrance Garden. Tree peonies (Paeonia suffruticosa) may also be seen in the Herb Garden, the Restorative Garden, and the Children’s Garden.

  • Allium
    Allium 'Globemaster' (flowering onion)
  • Fothergilla x intermedia
    Fothergilla x intermedia 'Mount Airy'
  • Rhododendron Hino-Pink
    Rhododendron Hino-Pink
  • Wisteria floribunda
    Wisteria floribunda 'Rosea'