What's In Bloom

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Sources for "What's in Bloom: Bloom Highlights" listings include the Chicago Botanic Garden's staff and database, as well as the publications and records of other botanic gardens, institutions, and the scientific community.


Bellis Bellissima™ Red

These robust, early, red-blooming plants are strong landscape performers in cool weather. They grow to 6 – 10 inches tall, with equal spread. Use as an underplanting with spring bulbs like tulips and narcissus for a colorful spring display.

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Bells of Ireland

Bells of Ireland

This native to the Caucasus Region and Asia Minor thrives during the cooler temperatures of spring and early summer. A green flowered addition to the landscape palette and a favorite for cut flowers.

Grandiflora Rose

Candelabra™ grandiflora rose (Rosa 'Jaccinqo') produces bright coral-orange buds, opening to flowers 4 inches across. This rose will grow to 5 feet high and 3 feet wide, and will be covered with dark green, glossy leaves throughout the growing season. It is moderately disease-resistant with a light fragrance reminiscent of cotton candy. It won the All American Rose Selection award in 1999.

Moonshine Yarrow

Achillea 'Moonshine' is a clump-forming perennial with small yellow flowers tightly clustered together in large, flat-topped flowerheads. It blooms from May through August on stems that stand 2 feet high with lacy fernlike foliage. In 1993 ‘Moonshine’ was given the Award of Garden Merit by the Royal Horticultural Society. It likes full sun and dry conditions and tolerates drought well. It is attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds while resistant to deer and rabbits. The genus name Achillea is in reference to Achilles, hero of the Trojan Wars in Greek mythology, who used the plant medicinally to stop bleeding and heal the wounds of his soldiers.

Nepera Martagon Lily

In June and July, the elegant Martagon lilies (Lilium), one of the most shade-adapted lilies, proudly show off their small Turks cap flowers above handsome whorled foliage on 3- to 4-foot stems. The selection 'Nepera' has orange-spotted, downward-facing flowers. They make take a year or so to settle into the garden but are well worth the investment. They dislike frequent transplants.


Cool Wave® Sunshine 'N Wine Spreading Pansy

This is an excellent choice for spring gardens, containers, and hanging baskets. The plants show superior cold hardiness and performance. They easily spread to 24" or more while adding constant deep red and yellow color from early spring through May.

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Tutti-Frutti Agastache

Tall, raspberry-red spikes throughout the summer attract butterflies and hummingbirds. The gray-green foliage covers this mounding nonhardy perennial to 2.5 feet in height and smells of mint with a hint of lemon when crushed. It thrives in full sun with moderate soil moisture and very well drained soils.



These violas (or Johnny Jump-ups) love the cooler weather of spring and autumn. QUICKTIME™ violas are free flowering and mounded plants that quickly grow to 6 inches tall and wide in the spring and are covered with small pansy like flowers.

Uniform blue petals surround the darker halo encasing the yellow eye. This viola flowers up to two weeks earlier than other cultivars with a heavier production of flowers. Plant in full sun, well drained soils, water if dry periods are encountered and provide moderate, balanced, fertilization throughout the spring and again in fall. Attracts pollinating insects to the garden.

2021 – Ball Horticultural featured plants @ Chicago Botanic Garden