What’s in Bloom
The Greenway is looking pretty in pink this week as these rose colored blooms flourish in the parks.
‘Carefree Beauty’ Rose (Rosa beubi)
Stop and smell the roses this week along Atlantic Avenue in our Fort Point Channel Parks. Our Rosa beubi ‘Carefree Beauty’ are bursting with new blossoms after our Horticulturists and interns carefully pruned them last week. ‘Carefree Beauty’ was bred by Dr. Griffith Buck, a Rosarian famous for his spectacular rose hybrids that are popular with home-owners and industry professionals alike. ‘Carefree Beauty’ is a shrub rose that produces clusters of lightly-fragrant, rich pink flowers. It is winter hardy, disease resistant, and blooms repeatedly, and is an excellent performer in an informal hedge or lovely as a single specimen plant.
Summersweet Clethra (Clethra alnifolia ‘Ruby Spice’)
Also blooming in the Fort Channel Parks along Seaport Boulevard is Clethra alnifolia ‘Ruby Spice’, a sweet pink-flowering variety of summersweet clethra. ‘Ruby Spice’ is a deciduous shrub with glossy green foliage and fragrant pink bottlebrush-like flowers. Originally discovered as a mutation of Clethra alnifolia ‘Ruby Spires’, ‘Ruby Spice’ proved itself to be disease-resistant, hardy, and beautiful, and was given a Cary award recognizing it as an outstanding plant for New England gardens. Summersweets are somewhat unique among summer-flowering landscape shrubs because of their ability to bloom in shady locations.
Hemerocallis ‘Barbara Mitchell’
The Daylillies in the North End parks continue to put on a show this week, and Hemerocallis ‘Barbara Mitchell’ is looking especially noteworthy in the display. ‘Barbara Mitchell’ has soft-pink ruffled flower petals that appear to sparkle in the sun. This cultivar was awarded the highest honor among from the American Hemerocallis Society, the Stout Silver Medal. ‘Barbara Mitchell’ can be grown in sun to partial shade and tolerates many harsh conditions that other plants may not, making it an especially good choice for urban settings.