What’s in Bloom
Clara Curtis Daisy (Chrysanthemum x rubellum ‘Clara Curtis’)
Chinatown Park will soon be host to hundreds of beautiful Chrysanthemums for the fall, but already blooming is the Clara Curtis Daisy (Chrysanthemum x rubellum ‘Clara Curtis’), a winter-hardy perennial mum. ‘Clara Curtis’ forms a bushy display of pale green foliage that bears plentiful pink flowers with a yellow center. This variety grows to be a foot to a foot-and-a-half tall and tolerates full sun to partial shade.
Wild Senna (Senna hebecarpa)
The Wild Senna (Senna hebecarpa) is blooming in the Wharf District Parks just south of India Street. This North American native is a very unique specimen to behold in a garden setting, though it was a popular choice in the 19th Century. Senna is most often found in naturalized open woods or meadows. This tall perennial (growing to six feet) has feathery foliage that bears clusters of very small yellow flowers, which will become long-lasting dark brown seed pods for the winter.
Double Knock-out Rose (Rosa ‘Radtko’)
Many of our roses are still blooming prolifically throughout the parks. The Double Knock-out roses will continue to put out beautiful flowers through the fall in the Fort Point Channel Parks and the North End Parks. These roses were bred like the original Knock-out Roses to have the same lengthy bloom period, greater disease resistance, and hardiness that make the Knock-out series so popular and easy to maintain. The Double Knock-outs are so named because of their double flowers, with double the amount of petals per flower creating a rose with a full, classic appearance.