Chicago Botanic Garden

What's in Bloom

What's in Bloom at the Chicago Botanic Garden

Main Gardens — April 15, 2014

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Pink Giant glory-of-the-
snow(Chionodoxa
forbesii
'Pink Giant'

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Persian buttercup
(Ranunculus asiaticus
'Mache Mix')

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Reticulata iris
(Iris 'Harmony')

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Pansy
(Viola wittrockiana)

Aquatic Garden: Waterlilies are waiting for the water to warm up to emerge. Tender aquatic plants were brought in for winter storage.

Bulb Garden: Pink Giant glory-of-the-snow (Chionodoxa forbesii 'Pink Giant'), lesser glory of the snow (Chionodoxa sardensis), winter aconite (Eranthis hyemalis), spring crocus (Crocus chrysanthus 'Blue Pearl'), snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis), double snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis 'Flore Pleno'), green-tip snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis 'Viridi-Apice'), broad-leaved snowdrop (Galanthus platyphyllus), reticulata iris (Iris reticulata 'J. S. Dijt'), Narcissus 'February Gold', Lebanon striped squill (Puschkinia scilloides var. libantica), pink twin-leaf squill (Scilla bifolia 'Rosea'), milk squill (Scilla mischtschenkoana 'Tubergeniana'), Siberian squill (Scilla siberica), Batalin tulip (Tulipa batalinii 'Bronze Giant'). Landscape plants: Fragrant viburnum (Viburnum farreri 'Candidissimum').

Circle Garden: Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea 'Camelot Rose'), Morocco toadflax (Linaria maroccana 'Fantasy Yellow'), Vintage Lavender stock (Matthiola incana Vintage Lavender'), BLUE LAGOON™ nemesia (Nemesia fruticans 'Pengoon'), SPRING MATRIX™ purple pansy (Viola x wittrockiana 'PAS912292'), Sorbet™ XP Yellow Frost Viola (Viola 'PAS912440).

Dwarf Conifer Garden: Jelena witch hazel (Hamamelis x intermedia 'Jelena'), IVORY PRINCE™ Lenten rose (Helleborus 'Walhelivor'), Lenten rose (Helleborus orientalis).

Enabling Garden: Entrance Bed: Stock (Mattiola incana 'Katz Blue'), nemesia (Nemesia strumosa 'Spicy Yellow'), Frizzle Sizzle orange pansy (Viola x wittrockiana 'Frizzle Sizzle Orange').

English Oak Meadow: Iceland poppies (Papaver nudicaule 'Champagne Bubbles').

English Walled Garden: West Entrance: Tower of jewels (Echium pininana), Delft Blue Dutch hyacinth (Hyacinthus orientalis 'Delft Blue'), trumpet narcissus (Narcissus 'Little Gem', 'Spellbinder'), large senecio (Senecio glastifolius). Container: Snapdragon (Antirrhinum majus 'Snapdragon White'), Persian buttercup (Ranunculus asiaticus 'Bloomingdale White'), rosemary (Rosmarinus officianalis 'Tuscan Blue'). Daisy Garden: Container: NAMID™ Early Yellow bidens (Bidens ferulifolia 'KLEBF11764'), single flower yellow freesia (Freesia "single flower yellow"), SENETTI® Super Blue cineraria (Pericallis x hybrida 'Sunsenesubu'). Courtyard Garden: Snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis 'Flore Pleno'), Giga White sweet alyssum (Lobularia maritima 'Giga White'.) Container: Jester Scarlet Bicolor senecio (Pericallis x hybrida 'Jester Scarlet Bicolor' synonym: Senecio cruentus). Cottage: Double snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis 'Flore Pleno'), Lebanon striped squill (Puschkinia scilloides var. libanotica, pansy (Viola x wittrockiana 'Fizzle Sizzle Yellow Blue Swirl'). Container: Purple Persian buttercup (Ranunculus asiaticus 'Mache Purple'). Stepping Stones: Winter aconite (Eranthis hyemalis), double snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis 'Flore Pleno'), pansy (Viola x wittrockiana 'Fizzle Sizzle Yellow Blue Swirl'). Pergola: Snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis), viola (Viola x wittrockiana 'Rain Frosty').

The Esplanade: Tulips will be popping up soon: Triumph tulip (Tulipa 'Evergreen'), Darwin hybrid tulip (Tulipa 'Pink Impression'), triumph tulip (Tulipa 'Salmon Pearl').

The Esplanade: Tulips will be popping up soon: Triumph tulip (Tulipa 'Evergreen'), Darwin hybrid tulip (Tulipa 'Pink Impression'), triumph tulip (Tulipa 'Salmon Pearl').

Heritage Garden: Planting of the following spring annuals is ongoing. Containers: Sea thrift (Armeria pseudarmeria 'Ballerina White), pot marigold (Calendula officinalis 'Fruit Twist'), Spanish bluebell (Hyacinthoides hispanica 'Excelsior'), dwarf snapdragon Fantasy Yellow (Linaria maroccana 'Fantasy Yellow'), jonquil (Narcissus 'Fruit Cup'), baby blue eyes (Nemophila menziesii 'Baby Blue Eyes'), Atlantic poppy (Papaver atlanticum), primula (Primula x tommasinii 'You And Me Blue'), stonecrop (Sedum rupestre 'Angelina'), pearl bacopa (Sutera grandiflora 'Falls Big White'), tulip (Tulipa 'Chopin' & 'Tangerine Beauty'). Asia: Dill (Anethum graveolens 'Vierling'), cornflower (Centaurea moschata 'Sweet Sultan Yellow'), giant snowdrop (Galanthus elwesii), Persian buttercup (Ranunculus asiaticus 'Mache Mix'). Aster: Bidens (Bidens ferulifolia 'Namid Early Yellow'), pot marigold (Calendula officinalis 'Neon'), bachelor's-buttons (Centaurea cyanus 'Blue Boy'), tidy tips (Layia platyglossa). Borage: Pride of Madeira (Echium fastuosum), Italian viper's bugloss (Echium italicum), viper's bugloss (Echium vulgare 'Blue Bedder'), garden forget-me-not (Myosotis sylvatica 'Snowsylva'), fivespot (Nemophila maculata 'Five Spot'), navelwort (Omphalodes cappadocica 'Starry Eyes'). Buttercup: Winter aconite (Eranthis hyemalis), Hepatica transsilvanica 'Blue Jewel', love-in-a-mist (Nigella bucharica 'Blue Stars'), Persian buttercup (Ranunculus asiaticus 'Mache Orange & Mache Yellow'). Europe: Ivory Prince™ Lenten Rose (Helleborus 'Walhelivor'), stock (Matthiola incana 'Goldcut Yellow'), navelwort (Omphalodes cappadocica 'Starry Eyes'), Zebra Blue primrose (Primula 'Zebra Blue'), double primrose (Primula vulgaris 'Belarina Lilac Ice'), pansy (Viola x wittrockiana 'Panola XP Deep Orange'). Figwort: Snapdragon (Antirrhinum majus 'Solstice Orange Tricolor'), dwarf snapdragon Fantasy™ Yellow (Linaria maroccana cultivar), nemesia (Nemesia strumosa 'Spicy Yellow'), Snowstorm® Blue bacopa (Sutera cordata cultivar). Iris: Clairette reticulata iris (Iris 'Clairette') – fading. Japan: Sweet William (Dianthus chinensis x barbatus 'Floral Lace Light Pink'), Japanese candelabra primula (Primula japonica 'Apple Blossom' & 'Oriental Sunrise'). North America: NAMID™ Early Yellow bidens (Bidens ferulifera 'KLEBF11764'), fairy fans (Clarkia breweri 'Pink Ribbons'), costal tidy tips (Layia platyglossa 'Tidy Tips'), five spot (Nemophila maculata). Pea: Broom (Cytisus x praecox 'Allgold'), perennial pea (Lathyrus latifolius 'Pink Pearl'), lupine (Lupinus perennis 'Thomas Church'), Texas blue-bonnet (Lupinus texensis), dwarf bush pea (Pisum sativum 'Tom Thumb'). Physic: Pot marigold (Calendula officinalis 'Fruit Twist'), dwarf lupine (Lupinus polyphyllus 'Gallery Yellow Shades'), Iceland poppy (Papaver nudicaule 'Spring Fever Orange'), Sorbet XP Blueberry Frost Mix horned violet (Viola cornuta 'Sorbet XP Blueberry Frost Mix').

Lagoon Garden: Yellow fruit on Harvest Gold® crabapple (Malus 'Hargozam').

Lakeside Gardens: Gold Tide™ forsythia (Forsythia 'Courtasol'), giant snowdrops (Galanthus elwesii), trumpet daffodil (Narcissus 'Las Vegas'), Siberian squill (Scilla siberica).

Landscape Gardens: Rock Garden: Fukujukai adonis (Adonis 'Fukujukai'), spring meadow saffron (Bulbocodium vernum), snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis), Autumn Embers® vernal witch hazel (Hamamelis vernalis 'Klmnineteen'), Katherine Hodgkin orchid iris (Iris reticulata 'Katherine Hodgkin'), pasque flower (Pulsatilla vulgaris), milk squill (Scilla mischtschenkoana 'Tubergeniana'). Pond & Stream: Glory-of-the-snow (Chionodoxa luciliae), winter aconite (Eranthis hyemalis), Caucasus hellebore (Helleborus caucasicus), Lenten rose (Helleborus orientalis), hybrid Lenten rose (Helleborus orientalis hybrids). Easy-to-grow bed: Vernal witch hazel (Hamamelis vernalis), Lenten rose (Helleborus atrorubens), Lenten rose (Helleborus orientalis), Siberian squill (Scilla siberica). Herb Garden: Pansy hybrids (Viola cornuta 'Penny Purple Picotee', Viola 'Sorbet Coconut Swirl' & Viola 'Sorbet Pink Halo Xp'). Viburnum Walk & Outside perimeter: Reticulata irises (Iris reticulata 'Cantab' & 'J.S. Dijt'), MATRIX™ Sunrise pansy (Viola x wittrockiana 'PAS334539').

McGinley Pavilion: Jeanne d'Arc crocus (Crocus vernus 'Jeanne d'Arc'), cyclamineus narcissus (Narcissus 'Itzam'), pansy (Viola x wittrockiana 'Freefall Cream'). Containers: Fox Dwarf Red Larkspur (Delphinium nudicaule 'Fox'), pansy (Viola x wittrockiana Wonderfall Yellow with Red Wing').

Native Plant Garden: The garden looks barren but little green shoots of various plants are peeking up. The Washington Hawthorn in the prairie area has buds on it, as well as the Alleghany serviceberry in the stream area and the red oak in the woods.

Rose Garden: Cornelian cherry (Cornus mas). Linden Allee: Tulips will be popping up, along with containers of tulips, columbine, pansies and sweet alyssum.

Sensory Garden: Intermediate witch hazels (Hamamelis x intermedia 'Girard's Orange' & 'Sunburst'), vernal witch hazel (Hamamelis vernalis 'Purple Ribbons'), reticulata irises (Iris 'Harmony' & Iris histrioides 'George').

Waterfall Garden: Atkin's snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis 'Atkinsii'), Japanese butterbur (Petasites japonicus), rosegold pussywillow (Salix gracilistyla), waterlily tulip (Tulipa kaufmanniana 'Stresa'), fragrant viburnum (Viburnum farreri).

Water Gardens: Grasses and sedges protect the shorelines from erosion.