Chicago Botanic Garden

What's in Bloom

What's in Bloom at the Chicago Botanic Garden

Island Gardens — November 18, 2014


Black alder
(Alnus glutinosa)


Weeping willow
(Salix alba 'Tristis')




Dawn redwood

Evening Island: Still blooming: Jindai Tatarian aster (Aster tataricus 'Jindai'), crimson pincushion (Knautia macedonica), fountain grass (Pennisetum alopecuroides), WHITE OUT™ Shrub Rose (Rosa 'Radwhite'), Avondale blue wood aster (Symphyotrichum cordifolium 'Avondale'), aromatic aster (Symphyotrichum oblongifolium 'October Skies'). Fall color and fruit: Black alder (Alnus glutinosa) -black fruits, Lemon Drop bluestar (Amsonia 'Lemon Drop'), Korean feather reed grass (Calamagrostis brachytricha), feather reedgrass (Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Karl Foerster'), Tatarian dogwood (Cornus alba 'Siberian Pearls'), cotoneaster (Cotoneaster apiculatus) -red fruits and fall color, marsh spurge (Euphorbia palustris), GOLD TIDE™ hybrid forsythia (Forsythia 'Courtasol') –purple and yellow foliage, bigroot cranesbill (Geranium macrorrhizum 'Czakor') –red foliage, Japanese forest grass (Hakonechloa macra), All Gold Japanese forest grass (Hakonechloa macra 'All Gold'), climbing hydrangea (Hydrangea anomala ssp. petiolaris), oakleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia 'Maiden's Bush) –red foliage, Siberian iris (Iris sibirica 'Caesar's Brother') –yellow foliage, winter honeysuckle (Lonicera fragrantissima), crabapples (Malus 'Donald Wyman' & 'Prairifire') -red fruits, Profusion crabapple (Malus 'Profusion') -red fruits, redbud crapapple (Malus x zumi 'Calocarpa') -red fruits, Japanese silver grass (Miscanthus sinensis 'Malepartus'), purple moorgrass (Molinia caerulea ssp. caerulea 'Dauerstrahl' &'Moorflamme'), Shenandoah switch grass (Panicum virgatum 'Shenandoah'), staghorn sumac (Rhus typhina) –red seedheads, golden weeping willow (Salix alba 'Tristis'), Thunberg spirea (Spiraea thunbergii), New Horizon elm (Ulmus 'New Horizon'), blackhaw viburnum (Viburnum prunifolium), Judd viburnum (Viburnum x juddii).

Fruit & Vegetable Garden: The growing season is over for flowers, fruits and vegetables. As you walk the paths of the island, stop and visit the greenhouse. Enjoy the orchards, now bare of fruit and leaves but filled with buds for next year's growth, and vegetable beds cleared and prepared for spring planting.

Japanese Garden (Sansho-En): Fall color: Cranberry cotoneaster (Cotoneaster apiculatus)—berries, redosier dogwood (Cornus sericea) –red twigs,cutleaf European beech (Fagus sylvatica 'Laciniata'), forsythia (Forsythia 'Meadowlark' & 'Northern Sun'), ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba), dawn redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides), P.J.M. rhododendron (Rhododendron 'P.J.M.'), Korean azaleas (Rhododendron yedoense var. poukhanense), weeping willow (Salix x blanda), European cranberrybush viburnum (Viburnum opulus), American cranberrybush viburnum (Viburnum trilobum 'Hahs').