The Garden in Bloom 

May at the Botanical Garden

At Cleveland Botanical Garden in the beginning of May, see late tulips (Tulipa) in the David and Paula Swetland Topiary Garden, the Campsey-Stauffer Gateway Entry Garden, and the Mary Ann Sears Swetland Rose Garden. 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 and the Hershey Children’s Garden. Also in the Children’s Garden are flowering crabapples (Malus [Lancelot] and [Sugar Tyme], the latter also being in the Restorative Garden, both blooming in early May.

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) and the yellow flowered wood poppy (Stylophorum diphyllum) in early May. 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.

Columbines (Aquilegia canadensis, Aquilegia vulgaris, hybrids and cultivars) are blooming in the Restorative Garden, by the Inspiration Sun Patio, along the C.K. Patrick Perennial Border, Hosta Hillside, and in the Woodland Garden during mid to late May. The blue spires of quamash (Camassia cusickii, Camassia leichtlinii) grace the Woodland Garden, Restorative Garden and the north side of the Western Reserve Herb Society’s Herb Garden.

Doublefile viburnums (Viburnum plicatum var. tomentosum) will 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. Along the C.K. Patrick Perennial Border check out the Itoh hybrid peony (Paeonia ‘Bartzella’).

Flowering onions will be blooming later in May including (Allium aflatunense ‘Purple Sensation’) in the Topiary Garden, Allium ‘Globemaster’ and ‘Mount Everest’ in the Children’s Garden, ‘Ambassador’ on the west side of the Western Reserve Herb Society’s Herb Garden, and ‘Mars’ near the top of Hosta Hillside bordering the Restorative Garden. Enjoy the fragrant abelia (Abelia mosanensis) in the Restorative Garden during mid to late May. Also in late May the fragrant native white fringetree (Chionanthus virginicus) will bloom in the Rose, Gateway, and Woodland Gardens.

  • Allium
    Allium 'Globemaster'
  • Flowering dogwood - Cornus florida
    Flowering dogwood - Cornus florida
  • Rhododendron
    Rhododendron 'Hino-Pink'
  • Tree peony (Paeonia suffruticosa)
    Tree peony (Paeonia suffruticosa)