Chicago Botanic Garden

What's in Bloom

What's in Bloom at the Chicago Botanic Garden

Main Gardens — November 18, 2014


(Malus cultivars)


Dwarf conifers add color
this season!


Japanese beautyberry
(Callicarpa japonica)


Ruby redosier dogwood
(Cornus sericea 'Ruby')

Aquatic Garden: Waterlilies are finished blooming for the season.

Bulb Garden: The Bulb Garden has entered its period of winter rest in preparation for the colorful show to come next spring and summer. Now other plants take center stage including the strange creature-like shapes of the many Hook's junipers (Juniperus chinensis 'Hooks'). Other notable conifers include the graceful pendant weeping Norway spruce (Picea abies 'Pendula') and the weeping Canada hemlock (Tsuga canadensis 'Pendula'). Crabapples have shed their leaves but their branches are still lined with tiny fruits (Malus 'Adams' &'Donald Wyman'). Color is present in the red twigs of the IVORY HALO® Tatarian dogwood (Cornus alba 'Bailhalo') and the deep green mound of the intermediate yew (Taxus x media 'Dark Green Spreader'). A lone abandoned nest waits among the fuzzy buds already present on the Merrill magnolia (Magnolia x loebneri 'Merrill').

Circle Garden: The annual displays have been removed and flower bulbs are planted for next spring.

Dwarf Conifer Garden: This garden offers many subtle and surprising discoveries. There is so much that is vibrant green in an otherwise barren landscape. Look for conifers in many varieties and shapes in shades of green, yellow, blue and purple, such as: Hairy white fir (Abies concolor 'Candicans') – bluest, weeping Nootka false-cypress (Chamaecyparis nootkatensis 'Pendula') –weepiest; Golden Mop Sawara cypress (Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Golden Mop') – yellow foliage, Jeffrey pine (Pinus jeffreyi) – longest needles; Oriental spruce (Picea orientalis 'Aureospicata') – shortest needles; fastigiate Douglasfir (Pseudotsuga menziesii 'Fastigiata') – skinniest.

Enabling Garden: Fall interest: Tall purple Moor grass (Molinia caerulea ssp. arundinacea 'Windspiel'). New Zealand sedge (Carex testacea 'Prairie Fire'), fountain grass (Pennisetum advena 'Eaton Canyon'), VERTIGO® pennisetum (Pennisetum 'Tift-8').

English Oak Meadow: The freezing temperatures have brought this display to an end for the season.

English Walled Garden: Many flowers have been damaged by frost. West Entrance: Azure monkshood (Aconitum carmichaelli 'Arendsii'), Milka aster (Symphyotrichum 'Milka'). Fall Color: Harvest Red holly (Ilex 'Harvest Red) - red berries. Vista Garden: Arrow Deep Red snapdragon (Antirrhinum majus 'Arrow Deep Red'), late panicle hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata 'Tardiva'). Fall Color: Cranberry cotoneaster (Cotoneaster apiculatus). Daisy Garden: Korean chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum 'Hillside Sheffield'), swamp aster (Symphyotrichum puniceum). Fall Color: Crabapple (Malus 'David', 'Beverly') - red fruit. Cottage: Fall Color: Warren Red possumhaw (Ilex decidua 'Warren Red') - orange berries, Japanese spirea (Spiraea japonica 'Goldflame') - orange and red leaves. Stepping Stones: Clara Curtis chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum 'Clara Curtis'). Fall Color: Red leaf rose (Rosa glauca) - red fruit. Pergola: Azure monkshood (Aconitum carmichaelli 'Arendsii'), Halo Sky Blue viola (Viola cornuta 'Halo Sky Blue'). Fall Color: Redleaf Japanese barberry (Berberis thunbergii f. atropurpurea), Boer cotoneaster (Cotoneaster 'Boer') - red berries, oak leaf hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia) - dark red leaves.

The Esplanade: Chrysanthemums have been removed. Flower bulbs are being planted for next spring.

Heritage Garden: Annuals will soon be removed. Aster: Karmijn Milka aster (Symphyotrichum 'Karmijn Milka'). Europe: Broccoli-kale hybrid (Brassica oleracea 'Peacock Purple'), pot marigold (Calendula officinalis 'Porcupine'), Penny Red with Blotch viola (Viola 'Penny Red with Blotch'). Figwort: Snapdragon (Antirrhinum majus 'Solstice Orange Tricolor'). Grass: Variegated reed grass (Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Overdam'), Northern sea oats (Chasmanthium latifolium), little dot Eulalia grass (Miscanthus sinensis 'Puenktchen'), tall purple moor grass (Molinia caerulea ssp. arundinacea 'Windspiel'), Purple Majesty millet (Pennisetum glaucum 'Purple Majesty'), Oriental fountain grass (Pennisetum orientale 'Karley Rose'), northern dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis). Japan: Vanilla Strawberry™ panicle hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata 'Renby') –faded pink seedheads. Linnaeus Meadow: Fall interest: Korean feather reed grass (Calamagrostis brachytricha), fountain grass (Pennisetum alopecuroides), Russian sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia) –white stems. Physic: Pot marigold (Calendula officinalis 'Orange King'), spoon chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum 'Starlet'), MATRIX™ Red Blotch pansy (Viola x wittrockiana 'PAS419934'). Vervain: Duet beautybush (Callicarpa dichotoma 'Duet') –lavender fruit.

Lagoon Garden: HARVEST GOLD® Crabapple (Malus 'Hargozam') –yellow fruit, variegated Japanese silver grass (Miscanthus sinensis 'Variegatus').

Lakeside Gardens: Monkshood (Aconitum 'Newry Blue'). Fall interest: Hesse cotoneaster (Cotoneaster 'Hessei') -red berries, redbud crabapple (Malus x zumi 'Calocarpa') —red fruits, tall purple moor grass (Molinia caerulea ssp. arundinacea 'Skyracer'), aromatic aster (Symphyotrichum oblongifolius 'October Skies').

Landscape Gardens: Still blooming, but fading: Ozawa onion (Allium thunbergii 'Ozawa'), Venus Korean chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum 'Venus'), maiden grass (Miscanthus sinensis 'Morning Light'), swamp aster (Symphyotrichum puniceum). Fall color: (foliage or fruits): Arkansas bluestar (Amsonia hubrichtii), bluestar (Amsonia tabernaemontana), Japanese beautyberry (Callicarpa japonica) –lavender berries, Royal Purple smoke tree (Cotinus coggygria 'Royal Purple'), oakleaf hydrangeas (Hydrangea quercifolia 'Pee Wee'), Sargent crabapple (Malus sargentii), Hook's #15 crabapple (Malus 'Hook's #15')—brilliant yellow fruit, Morning Sun™ crabapple (Malus 'Joy Morton'), Tina crabapple (Malus 'Tina').

McGinley Pavilion: Fall color: Whitespire birch (Betula populifolia 'Whitespire') -white bark, Ruby redosier dogwood (Cornus sericea 'Ruby') -red stems, Walter's Siberian crabapple (Malus baccata 'Walter's' -yellow fruit.

Native Plant Garden: American bittersweet (Celastrus scandens) -orange berries, staghorn sumac (Rhus typhina) –seed heads, little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium) –copper foliage. Grasses going to seed and seed heads on other plants remind us of the closing season.

Rose Garden: Many varieties of roses still have a few blooms showing color, but these will soon fade. SNOW PRINCESS™ sweet alyssum (Lobularia maritima 'Inlbusnopc') is still blooming. Autumn interest: Sweetbriar rose (Rosa rubiginosa) –rose hips, crabapple (Malus 'Red Splendor') –red fruit.

Sensory Garden: Fall color: Ruby Anniversary™ glossy abelia (Abelia x grandiflora 'Keiser')—pink calyxes, Bihou Japanese maple (Acer palmatum 'Bihou)—yellow & coral bark, coral-bark maple (Acer palmatum 'Sango Kaku')—coral bark, wormwood (Artemisia 'Powis Castle') —silver foliage, Chinese astilbe (Astilbe chinensis 'Visions') —dried flower heads), Korean feather reed grass (Calamagrostis brachytricha)—dried seed heads,Northern sea oats (Chasmanthium latifolium)—dried seed heads, Red Sprite winterberry (Ilex verticillata 'Red Sprite')—red berries, various crabapples in Meadow area (Malus spp.)—red & gold fruits, star magnolia (Magnolia stellata 'Royal Star')—gold leaves, SILVER SPRITE™ northern bayberry (Myrica pensylvanica 'Morton') —glossy green leaves, Green Sheen pachysandra (Pachysandra terminalis 'Green Sheen')—glossy green leaves, sweet birch (Betula lenta) —white peeling bark, gray birch (Betula populifolia 'Whitespire') —white peeling bark, Hameln dwarf fountain grass (Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Hameln')—dried seed heads.

Waterfall Garden: Blooming: Arends azure monkshood (Aconitum carmichaelii 'Arendsii'), Jindai Tatarian aster (Aster tataricus 'Jindai'). Fall color: Black maple (Acer saccharum ssp. nigrum), northern sea oats (Chasmanthium latifolium), gray dogwood (Cornus racemosa 'Green Carpet'), Budd's Yellow dogwood (Cornus sericea 'Budd's Yellow'), American hazelnut (Corylus americana), small fothergilla (Fothergilla gardenii), LIMELIGHT® panicle hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata 'Zwijnenburg') –pink seedheads, maiden grass (Miscanthus sinensis 'Graziella') –fluffy seedheads, Ural false spirea (Sorbaria sorbifolia), shredded sumac (Rhus typhina 'Laciniata'), birchleaf spirea (Spiraea betulifolia var. aemiliana), Japanese spirea (Spiraea japonica 'Froebellii' & 'Lemon Princess').

Water Gardens: Grasses and sedges are illuminating the shorelines with shades of gold and copper. Foliage of swamp loosestrife (Decodon verticillatus) and foxglove beardtongue (Penstemon digitalis) add a touch of red.