7 Flowers You Might See at Swift House Inn’s Garden This June

Spring is officially in full swing! Flowers are blooming, the weather is becoming more (or less!) tolerable, and evenings are lasting just a bit longer. It’s the perfect time to tackle that spring-cleaning list. Since the start of spring, our Garden Fairies Lisa and Cassidy Sommer, who are a mother-daughter team, have been working tirelessly to bring our garden to life. Now that we’re making strides, we would like to show you what types of flowers you can expect to see when you come to visit us at the Inn this June.

1. Alliums

Alliums planted along the front wall of Swift House Inn.
Photo credit: Kelvin Imalenowa

Also known as the giant onion, these perennial herbs have a look that is both playful and regal. Alliums usually bloom in the summer, and can grow up to 6 feet in height and 8 inches in spread, so it would be difficult not to notice them! You can find these planted along our Oval Garden all season long.

2. Oriental Poppies

Oriental Poppies starting to bloom.
Photo credit: Kelvin Imalenowa

These ornamental garden flowers grows in clumps, feature slightly hairy stems and leaves, and produce thousands of tiny black seeds that are absolutely adored by our winged friends. Located along the driveway leading to the Carriage House, they are most recognizable from their scarlet color, though they also come in a range of other hues including crimson, purple, pink, and even black!

3. Carnations

A bee pollenating bright pink carnations.
Photo credit: Kelvin Imalenowa

These ornamental perennials are known for their striking beauty and lingering fragrance, though it’s known for being rich in symbolism as well. White carnations symbolize purity, and red carnations symbolize love and passion. Pink carnations symbolize gratitude, while purple carnations symbolize capriciousness. Stop by Andy’s Garden near the front of the inn to see what color identifies with you. 

4. Cosmos

A singular pink garden flower in a dirt bed.
Photo credit: Kelvin Imalenowa

Garden cosmos are simple to plant and grow, yet elegant enough to make any intermediate gardener seem like a pro. These daisy-like flowers bring a sense of energy and vibrancy that is hard to overlook. Local songbirds, such as American Goldfinches and white-throated sparrows will eat the seeds and spread them in the spring. You can find these planted across our raised beds near the Carriage House.

5. Snapdragon

Photo credit: Kelvin Imalenowa

When the throats of this herbaceous blossom are squeezed, its lips snap open like a dragon’s mouth, which is where its name originates. Common snapdragons can grow anywhere from up to 8 to 39 inches, and usually find themselves in bloom within the summer and autumn seasons. 

6. Lupines

Purple lupines in and out of focus.
Photo credit: Kelvin Imalenowa

The unique flower shape and color, which varies from purple to pink, make these blossoms a garden favorite. In addition to that, lupine is derived from the genus name “lupinus,” Latin for wolf. This name is derived from an ancient belief that lupines ruined the fertility aspect of the soil. Combining its status of being a garden favorite and a part of an ancient myth, the title garden lupine was born. You’ll notice these sitting by the entrance of the inn. They’re so bright, it’s hard to miss them!

7. Peonies

White peonies with pink accents sprawled across the Carriage House walkway.
Photo credit: Kelvin Imalenowa

Peonies are perennials native to France, Italy, and Switzerland. Though they are usually purposely planted as an ornament around gardens in North America, they still grow wild in Europe, and are usually found blooming around late spring. That means these beauties are getting just about ready to pop! You’ll be able to find these flowers in variations of white, red, purple and pink along the driveway leading up to the Carriage House.

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