Chicago Botanic Garden

What's in Bloom

What's in Bloom at the Chicago Botanic Garden

Island Gardens — April 15, 2014


Yellow Mammoth crocus
(Crocus x luteus
'Golden Yellow')


GOLD TIDE® forsythia
(Forsythia 'Courasol')


'Mary Gay Lirette'


Narcissus 'Ice Follies'

Evening Island: Yellow Mammoth crocus (Crocus x luteus 'Golden Yellow'), Dutch crocus (Crocus vernus 'Jeanne d'Arc' & 'Remembrance'), GOLD TIDE® forsythia (Forsythia 'Courasol'), split-corona narcissus (Narcissus 'Mary Gay Lirette'), large-cupped narcissus (Narcissus 'Ice Follies').

Fruit & Vegetable Garden: As spring progresses, cool weather vegetables and edible flowering plants will be set out to accompany the perennial shrubs and flowers. Enjoy various lettuces, broccoli, beans, beets, kale, onions, peas, spinach, carrots, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, parsley and salad greens among other early vegetables. Look for young asparagus shoots in the Backyard Garden. Terraces: Pansy (Viola x wittrockiana 'Pink Shades') is planted among the early vegetables. Entrance Beds: Sweet alyssum (Lobularia Maritima , 'Crystal Clear White'. 'Frosty Knight'), Texas blue bonnet (Lupinus texensis). Shrubs: Saskatoon serviceberry (Amelanchier alnifolia), bush cherry (Prunus jacquemontii x japonica), highbush blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum). Orchard: Daffodil (Narcissus 'Jumblie', 'Little Beauty', 'Little Gem'). Pink and Silver Arbor: Glory of the snow (Chionodoxa forbesii 'Pink Giant'). Pool Bed: Alyssum (Lobularia maritima 'Clear Crystal Purple', 'Pastel Carpet'). Hanging baskets and Containers: Nestled among young vegetable plants are snapdragon (Antirrhinum majus 'Hot Pink', 'Luminare White'), pansy (Viola x wittrockiana 'Bolero Mix,' 'Matrix Yellow', 'Whisker's Yellow').

Japanese Garden (Sansho-En): The first blooms will be forsythias and serviceberries, later in the month.