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What's in Bloom

August 1, 2018

Summer is at its peak, and you will find many popular flowers in bloom now that would have been familiar to European and Asian settlers, such as daylilies, hostas, lilies, rose-of-Sharon and waterlilies. But it’s also the season for our native American species to shine. The yellow daisy flowers of compass plants in the prairie tower over wild bergamot, mountain mint, Culver’s root and nodding onions. Other native perennials that stand tall include sunflowers, Joe pye weed, big bluestem, compass plant and tall coreopsis. In garden displays look for “nativars”, cultivated selections of native wildflowers. 'Annabelle' and the newer Incrediball® types of hydrangeas are derived from the wild hydrangea of eastern North America. We have many nativars of purple coneflower, black-eyed Susans, rose mallow, phlox, sunflowers and obedient plant on display. Enjoy a colorful summer walk at the Chicago Botanic Garden.

What's in bloom—biweekly highlights

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

SpeciesJunJulAugSep
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.)
 

 

 

 

SpeciesJunJulAugSep