The Perennial Garden

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The Perennial Garden

This 3.5-acre landscape is designed as a series of “rooms” separated by trees and shrubs rather than walls. Perennials, which die back to the ground each winter but return from the roots in spring, show best with the structural elements of trees and shrubs around them.

Perennials may live year to year but their bloom time is usually shorter than garden annuals—about two weeks on average. This garden is designed to bloom in sequence from spring to fall, always providing colorful flowers in each garden bed.

Perennial Garden Highlights

What’s in Bloom?


Daffodils steal the show during the month of March as wisteria, dogwoods, and magnolias start to bloom not far behind. Visit the shade and woodland gardens to see arum and bloodroot in bloom. Peonies, baptisia, and iris put on quite a show for us during the month of May.


June brings the summer flowering perennials including fragrant garden phlox, catmint, salvia, spiderwort, and yarrow. Visit our shade gardens to learn about colorful foliage plants and ferns.

Daylilies begin to show themselves throughout the month of July. You  won’t want to miss their beautiful colors in our extensive collection. Stop by the butterfly garden and prairie to look for pollinators as the beautiful prairie plants, coneflower, milkweed and rudbeckia are in bloom throughout the month of August.


The fall color of the Blackgum begins to show. Asters, mums, and ornamental grasses begin to sprout all throughout the month of October. The seedheads of ornamental grasses and perennials give late fall and winter interest in the garden.


Witchhazel begins blooming in January and continues to show itself into the month of February. Winterberries add bright pops of red to the David T. Beals III Woodland Garden. Winter flowering helleborus brings promise of spring to the gardens.