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What's in Bloom

October 1, 2015

There will be dramatic changes in the displays in the next two weeks, with trees and shrubs just beginning to turn color. Cool season chrysanthemums, ornamental kale, Swiss chard and pansies are the primary annuals in garden beds. Less common annuals in our fall displays include pampas grass, beets, lion’s tail, and uncommon varieties of salvia. The Bulb Garden is a wonderland of lavender and white autumn crocus. In the Heritage Garden, see colorful containers of ornamental cabbage, kale and kalanchoe. Fall perennials in bloom include autumn crocus, showy sedums, Japanese anemone, Tatarian asters, aromatic asters, New England asters and sneezeweed. The Rose Garden still looks great. In the prairie, find yellow goldenrod and purple and white asters. Look for hints of autumn at the Chicago Botanic Garden.

What's in bloom—biweekly highlights

Download a detailed list of plants in bloom in all Garden areas.