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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Common Shooting Star

Primula meadia is a wildflower native to the eastern United States that grows in environments ranging from damp grassland prairies to high-altitude mountain meadows. This member of the primrose family (Primulaceae) has several different common names, including shooting star, American cowslip, and pride of Ohio. The flower has five petals that curve upward, and a cluster of yellow stamens that come to a point.

This unique flower shape gives the appearance of a shooting star falling toward the earth. In Greek, the previous genus name Dodecatheon means "the twelve gods," a compliment to the grandeur of the Pantheon. DNA analysis has moved it to the genus Primula.

Geranium Tazetta Daffodil

This bulb grows to a height of 2 feet with full sun to partial shade and moderate moisture conditions. It has orange and white blooms from March through June and belongs in a border.

Korean Azalea

Korean azalea (Rhododendron yedoense var. poukhanense) is a low-growing azalea covered with pink-mauve flowers in spring and orange to red fall color later in the season. Like other plants native to Korea, this species is winter hardy in many parts of the Upper Midwest, including the Chicago region. The cultivar is a hybrid of the straight species (yedoense) and the naturally occurring regional variant (var. poukhanense).

Mission Bells

Nodding green "bells" are broadly striped with dark-maroon purple from their base to the tip of their petals. Small bulb-lets produced at the base of the larger bulbs each year will mature to flowering size in three to four years and produce a stronger presence in the garden. Plant this fritillaria in full sun to partial shade and in moderately moist and fertile soils. Components of the plant sap deter rabbits, deer, squirrels, and chipmunks.

Nightrider Tulip
Pinkish purple chalices are flamed in green and highlighted with yellow on this exotically colored tulip. Sturdy stems are ideal for cutting and provide protection against strong winds and heavy rains.

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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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.

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