Courtyard Display

On view: August-September

While the temperatures soar outside, the Courtyard remains cool with the green of ferns, and the sounds of water in the fountains. At this time of year, the chimney bellflower, Campanula pyramidalis, appears in the Courtyard; its tall flowering stalks have masses of large starry blue and white flowers. The Museum’s horticulturists grow this plant as a biennial from seed; it takes two years to grow to its six-foot maturity! With deadheading, this plant can bloom for the whole summer.

Please note that the courtyard displays are part of a living collection and as such the actual flowers may be different than what is described on our website.