What’s blooming at Graycliff now

peonies at Graycliff in Derby NY
The large, showy blooms of assorted peonies brighten the cutting garden at Graycliff. The varieties include Sarah Bernhardt, which has double flowers in pastel pink;  Karl Rosenfield, with red, double blooms, and Felix Crousse, double magenta-red blooms. Photo courtesy Graycliff

by Connie Oswald Stofko

Every so often, we’ll post a photo (or two or three) of what’s blooming at Graycliff, 6472 Old Lake Shore Rd., Derby.

See beautiful plants that are in bloom now, but won’t be noticed on a garden walk because the plant will be past its prime. These are plants you might want to add to your landscape for some early summer color.

The photos also give you a peek at the stunning Graycliff landscape, which was initially outlined by the famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Additional designs were contributed by Ellen Biddle Shipman, a pioneering Arts and Crafts landscape designer whose classic garden designs are known throughout the country.

Of course, it’s best to see the Graycliff landscape in person, so book a landscape tour now. They’re held at 10:30 a.m. every other Sunday. The next tour will be June 19.

baptisia false indigo at Graycliff in Derby NY
Baptisia or false indigo may not look like much when you buy it in a garden center; it takes a couple years for this plant to get established in your garden. When it does, it looks great. Photo courtesy Graycliff
Baptisia lemon meringue at Graycliff in Derby NY
Another variety of baptisia in the cutting garden is ‘Lemon Meringue’. Photo courtesy Graycliff

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