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BLOOM REPORT May 12, 2017 - June 2, 2017

Find blooms like this allium in garden beds throughout the Arboretum.
May 26, 2017

Enjoy flower-filled displays and gardens at The Morton Arboretum, including the Ground Cover Collection, Children’s garden, Fragrance Garden, and Four Seasons Gardens. The Schulenberg Prairie is starting its bloom season with such plants as shooting star, Canada anemone, and common blue-eyed grass.

Ed Hedborn, manager of plant records, reports on what’s blooming each week throughout the season.

Parking lots listed are along the Arboretum’s paved roads; some locations are within a short walk of the parking lots along paved or mulched trails. Take a springtime stroll and enjoy all the spectacle of spring at the Arboretum.

For the latest updates on what’s blooming at the Arboretum, call the Bloom 'n’ Color Hotline at 630-719-7955.

 

East Side Main Route

 

Entrance Road, Parking, and Visitor Center (Parking Lot 1)
Shrubs in bloom: Grape honeysuckle (yellow), Molly Schroeder doublefile viburnum (pink and white), Nordic Carpet cotoneaster (white), Nugget common ninebark (white), Summer Wine common ninebark (white)

Blooms along the ground: Blue Ice eastern bluestar (blue), Blue Wonder catmint (blue), Bowles common periwinkle (blue), Espresso wild geranium (lavender), Karmina Cambridge geranium (dark pink), Lemon Drop blue star (blue), Ingwersen’s big-rooted geranium (pink), Limoncello geum (yellow), Magnificent geranium (blue and dark purple), Max Frei bloodred geranium (dark lavender), Pink Skyrocket foamflower (pink), Prairie alumroot (green), Purple Smoke false indigo (dark purple and yellow), Red Wine Balkan clary (pink)

Administration Building and Visitor Center area (Parking Lot 1)
Trees in bloom: Fringe tree (white), Pagoda dogwood (white), Tulip tree (yellow and orange)

Shrubs and vines in bloom: Climbing hydrangea (white), Cut-leaf stephanandra (white), Frau Dagmar Hastrup rugosa rose (pink), Nippon spirea (white), Purple-flowered gas plant (pink), Trumpet honeysuckle (red)

Blooms along the ground: Barrenwort (white, yellow), Chives (lavender-pink), Chocolate Chip false indigo (purple and yellow), Dwarf crested iris (blue), Feathery false Solomon’s seal (white), Magnificent geranium (dark lavender-purple), Raspberry Regal coral bells (dark pink), Virginia waterleaf (white to pink), Variegated horseradish (white), Yellow corydalis (yellow)

Meadow Lake (Parking Lot 1)
Shrubs in bloom: Buch-honeysuckle (yellow)

Blooms along the ground and in the water: Arkansas blue star (light blue), Canada anemone (white), Catmint (blue), Columbine (red and yellow), Common spiderwort (blue), Prairie alumroot (yellow-green), White wild indigo (white), Wild geranium (pink), Woodland phlox (blue), Yellow pond-lily (yellow)

Dwarf Woody Plant Collection (Parking Lot 1)
Shrubs and vines in bloom: Blackburn cotoneaster (white), Frau Dagmar Hastrup rugosa rose (pink), Ground clematis (dark lavender-blue), Lady in Red ninebark (white), Little Devil ninebark (white), Michael Lindsay Carolina-allspice (white), Yellowbird shrubby cinquefoil (yellow), Wine & Roses® old-fashioned weigela (dark pink)

Blooms along the ground: Argosy peony (yellow)

Ground Cover Garden (Parking Lot 1)
Trees in bloom: Dotted hawthorn (white), Fringe Tree (white)

Shrubs in bloom: Carolina-allspice (dark maroon), Mandarin Lights azalea (orange)

Blooms along the ground: Blue Ice Eastern blue star (blue), Columbine (red and yellow), Dropmore catmint (blue), Eastern blue star (light blue), Feathery false Solomon’s seal (white), Limelight catmint (light blue), May Night woodland sage (dark blue), Ozark bluestar (light blue), Spring Symphony foamflower (white), Sweet woodruff (white), Virginia waterleaf (white), Wild geranium (pink)

Hedge Collection (Parking Lot 1)
Shrubs in bloom: Black chokeberry (white), Carolina-allspice (dark maroon), Cotoneaster (white), Hedge cotoneaster (white), Mary Milton doublefile viburnum (pale pink), Peking cotoneaster (white)

Blooms along the ground: Bloodred geranium (dark pink), May Night woodland sage (dark blue), Max Frei bloodred geranium (pink), Prairieblues® series Starlite false indigo (blue), White-flowered common periwinkle (white)

Main Route, Midwest, and Northern Illinois Collections (Parking Lot 2)
Trees in bloom: Cockspur hawthorn (white), Fleshy hawthorn (white), Japanese white-barked magnolia (white), Pawpaw (dark maroon)

Shrubs in bloom: American cranberry-bush (white), Inland New Jersey-tea (white), Kentucky viburnum (white), Possum-haw (white)

Blooms along the ground: Lakeside daisy (white), Frost Hill (Parking Lot 3), Golden Shadows® Pagoda Dogwood (white)

East Woods (Parking Lots 9 to 15)
Shrubs in bloom: American bladdernut (white), Black-haw (white), Wild blackberry (white)

Blooms along the ground: Feathery false Solomon’s seal (white), Virginia waterleaf (white)

Appalachian, China, Japan and Sumac Collections (Parking Lots 16 to 18)
Trees in bloom: Fringe tree (white), Pagoda dogwood (white)

Shrubs in bloom: Carolina allspice (maroon)

West Side Main Route

 

Ozark Collection (west of underpass)
Trees in bloom: Tulip-tree (green and orange)

Founder's Grove (Parking Lot 20)
Blooms along the ground: Common goat’s beard (yellow)

Thornhill Education Center Parking Lot (Parking Lot 21)
Trees in bloom: Thornless cockspur hawthorn (white)

Shrubs in bloom: Dwarf cut-leaved stephanandra (white) Purple Pavement™ rose (dark pink)

Blooms along the ground: Bowman’s root (white), Czakor big-rooted geranium (pink), Prairieblues® series Starlite false indigo (blue)

Four Seasons Garden (Parking Lot 21)
Shrubs in bloom: Fringe tree (white)

Blooms along the ground: Caucasian geranium (pink), Eastern blue star (blue), Iris (red-brown), Immortality iris (white), Katherine Adele Oxford geranium (white), Max Frei bloodred geranium (lavender-pink), Purple Smoke false indigo (blue and lavender), Willow-leaved eastern blue star (blue)

Thornhill Education Center (Parking Lot 21)
Trees in bloom: Thornless cockspur hawthorn

Shrubs in bloom: Bloomerang® purple reblooming lilac (purple), Carolina-allspice (dark maroon), Kentucky viburnum (white), Sonic Bloom® series pink reblooming weigela, Venus sweetshrub (white)

Joy Path and Thornhill South Lawn (Parking Lot 21)
Trees in bloom: Fringe tree (white), Tulip tree (green and orange)

Shrubs in bloom: Carolina-allspice (maroon), Royal Purple Eurasian smoke tree (yellow)

Blooms along the ground: Arkansas blue star (blue), Columbine (red and yellow), Ornamental onion (lavender-pink), Peony (white, yellow, pink, red)

Fragrance Garden (Parking Lot 21)
Trees in bloom: Fringe tree (white), Pagoda dogwood (white), Tulip tree (green and orange)

Shrubs in bloom: Fragrant abelia (white), Snow Pavement™ rose (white)

Blooms along the ground: Eastern blue star (blue), Bevan’s variety big-rooted geranium (light pink), Blue Wonder catmint (blue), Garden sage (blue), Ingersen’s variety big-rooted geranium (light pink), Iris (purple and blue, red and brown), Kansas Chinese peony (dark pink), Magnificent geranium (dark purple)

Daffodil Glade, Pine Hill, and Cricket Hill (Parking Lots 22 and 23)
Blooms along the ground: Common goat’s beard (yellow), Feathery false Solomon’s seal (white), Golden Alexander (yellow), Jacob’s ladder (blue), Red clover (lavender-pink), Virginia waterleaf (white), Wild geranium (pink)

Schulenberg Prairie and Oak Savanna (Parking Lot 25)
Blooms along the ground: American vetch (violet-purple), Bristly buttercup (yellow), Canada anemone (white), Common blue-eyed grass (blue), Heart-leaved meadow-parsnip (yellow), Golden Alexander (yellow), Jacob’s ladder (blue), Lousewort (yellow), Prairie alumroot (green), Shooting star (pink to white), Starry false Solomon’s seal (white), White wild indigo (white), Woodland phlox (blue)

Sterling Pond (Parking Lot 28)
Blooms along the ground: Golden Alexander (yellow), Feathery false Solomon’s seal (white), Starry false Solomon’s seal (white)

West Du Page River (Parking Lot 32)
Shrubs in bloom: Popcorn doublefile viburnum (white), Shasta doublefile viburnum (white)

Godschalk Meadow (Parking Lot 33)
Trees in bloom: Chinese fringe tree (white)

Shrubs in bloom: Nodding lilac (lavender), Wolf’s lilac (lavender)

Blooms along the ground: Forest Frost fringe cups (white), Pink Snowflakes primrose (pink), Prince Charming Solomon’s seal (white), Purrsian Blue catmint (blue), The River™ series Susquehanna foamflower (white), White wild geranium (white)

 

West Side Alternate Route

 

Sargent’s Glade (Parking Lot 26)
Blooms along the ground: Annual fleabane (white), Common goat’s beard (white), Oxeye daisy (white), Red clover (purple-pink)

Lake Marmo and Pine Hill (Parking Lots 27 and 28)
Blooms along the ground: Annual fleabane (white), Common goat’s beard (yellow), Feathery false Solomon’s seal (white), Hairy sweet Cicely (white), Golden Alexander (yellow), Red clover (lavender-pink), Virginia waterleaf (white)