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What's in Bloom

June 15, 2018

If you saw the Garden's displays two weeks ago, you ain’t seen nothin’!

Summer annual displays are flourishing in the Crescent, Circle and Enabling Gardens. The prairie is blooming with purple spiderwort, white false indigo, yellow pimpernel and many other widflowers popping up amidst native grasses. The woods feature the four-foot tall cow parsnip, which has a most unusual smell. Look for a diverse array of perennials including geraniums, meadow sage, Shasta daisies, primroses, anemones, false goatsbeard, catmint and ornamental onions. The roses are in bloom as well as include fringe trees, clematis, trumpet honeysuckle, Japanese tree lilacs, Japanese spireas and arrowwood viburnum. New to the gardens are several varieties of hybrid sweet shrubs, also known as Carolina allspice, which have large flowers in unusual shades of pink and chocolate.

Enjoy the ever-changing natural beauty at the Chicago Botanic Garden.

What's in bloom—biweekly highlights

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

SpeciesJuneJulyAugustSeptember
Hawthorns
(Crataegus sp.)

 

   
Geraniums
(Geranium sp.)

 

 

 

 

Weigela
(Weigela sp.)

 

 

  
Deutzia
(Deutzia sp.)

 

 

  
Buckeyes
(Aesculus spp.)

 

 

  
Camass lilies
(Camassia spp.)

 

 

  
Bearded &
Siberian iris

 

 

  
Speedwell
(Veronica spp.)

 

 

 

 

Meadowrue
(Thalictrum spp.)

 

 

 

 

Elderberry
(Sambucus spp.) 

 

 

  
Meadow sage & other salvias
(Salvia sp.)

 

 

 

 
Catmint
(Nepeta spp.)

 

 

 

 

Peonies
(Paeonia sp.)

 

 

 

 
Roses
(Rosa sp.)

 

 

 

 

Clematis
(Clematis sp.)

 

 

 

 

Spotted deadnettle
(Lamium maculatum)

 

 

 

 

Coral bells
(Heuchera sp.)

 

 

 

 

False Goatsbeard
(Astilbe sp.)

 

 

 

 

Fringe Tree
(Chionanthus sp.)

 

 

 

 
Sedums
(Sedum sp.)

 

 

 

 

Wisteria
(Wisteria sp.)

 

 

 

 

Hydrangea arborescens & anomala

 

 

 

 
Black-eyed Susan
(Rudbeckias sp.)

 

 

 

 

Ornamental grasses & sedges

 

 

 

 

Daylilies
(Hemerocallis sp.)
 

 

 

 

Coneflowers
(Echinacea sp.)
 

 

 

 

Waterlilies
(Nymphaea spp.)
 

 

 

 

Lilies
(Lilium sp.)
 

 

 

 

Hosta
(Hosta sp.)
 

 

 

 

Milkweeds
(Asclepias sp.)
 

 

 

 

Butterfly Bush
(Buddleja sp.)
 

 

 

 

Sneezeweed
(Helenium sp.)
 

 

 

 

Beebalm
(Monarda sp.)
 

 

 

 

Hollyhocks
(Alcea rosea)
 

 

 

 

Bugbane
(Cimicifuga sp.)
 

 

 

 

Joe-pye-weed
(Eupatorium sp.)
 

 

 

 

Sunflowers
(Helianthus sp.)
 

 

 

 

Monkshood
(Aconitum sp.)
 

 

 

 

SpeciesJuneJulyAugustSeptember