What's in Bloom

What's in Bloom at the Chicago Botanic Garden
September 17, 2014


Hummingbirds are going gaga over tropical sages in the English Walled Garden.

Turn your yard into a paradise for these necessary pollinators—learn more in our Smart Gardener article, Your Garden can "bee" atttractive to pollinators.

Autumn is arriving and with it the fall annual displays of chrysanthemums, pansies and several varieties of the au courant kale, which is both nutritious and ornamental, maybe even tasty.

The final display of prairie flowers includes asters, goldenrods and sawtooth sunflowers. In the gardens, look for autumn crocus, sedums, Japanese anemones, panicle hydrangeas and ornamental grasses including switch grass, little bluestem, moor grass, and Chinese silver grass. Less common perennials in their prime now include yellow waxbells and hardy begonias, found in the Waterfall Garden. In the Heritage Garden, tropical waterlilies and cannas are going strong and winter daffodil, which resembles a yellow crocus, has popped up. Sweet autumn clematis is producing solid masses of starry white blooms that clamber over fences and shrubs and attract many pollinators. Hummingbirds are going gaga over tropical sages in the English Walled Garden.

Welcome to autumn at the Chicago Botanic Garden.


Aquatic Garden
Bulb Garden
Circle Garden
Dwarf Conifer Garden
Enabling Garden
English Oak Meadow
English Walled Garden
Heritage Garden
Lakeside Gardens
Landscape Gardens
McGinley Pavilion
Native Plant Garden
Rose Garden
Sensory Garden
Water Gardens
Waterfall Garden


Semitropical Greenhouse
Tropical Greenhouse
Arid Greenhouse


Evening Island
Fruit & Vegetable Garden
Japanese Garden


McDonald Woods
Dixon Prairie
Skokie River


East Road
Lavin Evaluation Garden
Front Entrance
Gatehouse & Parking Lots
Kleinman Family Cove
Grunsfeld Growing Garden
Visitor Center
Plant Conservation Science Center