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BLOOM REPORT May 19, 2017 - May 26, 2017

Foxglove near the Thornhill Education Center
May 19, 2017

The Schulenberg Prairie at The Morton Arboretum in Lisle is starting its bloom season, with shooting star, lousewort, and wild-hyacinth in the spotlight. There are still plenty of blooms to be seen in the gardens, including the Ground Cover Garden, Children’s Garden, Fragrance Garden and Four Seasons Garden and the seasonal display beds near the Visitor Center and Administration Building. In the natural areas, phlox, wild geranium and May-apple are in bloom but summer’s green is developing.

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, Visitor Center, and Arbor Court (Parking Lot 1)
Shrubs in bloom: Molly Schroeder doublefile viburnum (pink and white), Nugget common ninebark (white), Pink Skyrocket foamflower (pink), Slender deutzia (white), White Knight old-fashioned weigela (white), Wilson black-haw (white), Winter Flame blood-twigged dogwood (white)

Blooms along the ground: Bowles common periwinkle (blue), Espresso wild geranium (lavender), Lemon Drop blue star (blue), Ingwersen’s big-rooted geranium (pink), Limoncello geum (yellow), Max Frei bloodred geranium (dark lavender), Prairie alumroot (green)

Administration Building and Visitor Center area (Parking Lot 1)
Trees in bloom: Pagoda dogwood (white)

Shrubs and vines in bloom: Arctic beauty hardy kiwi (white), Bayberry (green), Carolina-allspice (dark maroon), Climbing hydrangea (white)Frau Dagmar Hastrup rugosa rose (pink), Knighthood® black-haw (white), Palibin lilac (lavender), Triumph® doublefile viburnum (white), Trumpet honeysuckle (red), Winter honeysuckle (cream)

Blooms along the ground: Barrenwort (white, yellow), Chives (lavender-pink), Chocolate Chip false indigo (purple and yellow), Common periwinkle (blue), Dwarf crested iris (blue), Green dragon (green), Jack-in-the-pulpit (maroon), Magnificent geranium (dark lavender-purple), Variegated horseradish (white)

Meadow Lake (Parking Lot 1)
Shrubs in bloom: Palibin lilac (lavender), Black-haw (white)

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), Golden Alexander (yellow), Prairie alumroot (yellow-green), Shooting star (white/pink/lavender), Wild geranium (pink), Woodland phlox (blue), Yellow pond-lily (yellow)

Dwarf Woody Plant Collection (Parking Lot 1)
Shrubs in bloom: Frau Dagmar Hastrup rugosa rose (pink), Palibin lilac (dark purple), Red Pixie lilac (dark purple and pale lavender), Tinkerbelle® lilac (dark pink)

Blooms along the ground: Argosy peony (yellow), Ohgonsome peony (white and lavender)

Ground Cover Garden (Parking Lot 1)
Trees in bloom: Yellow Bird magnolia (yellow)

Shrubs in bloom: Carolina-allspice (dark maroon), Chardonnay Pearls® slender deutzia (white), Primrose rose (yellow)

Blooms along the ground: Columbine (red and yellow), Compact goldentuft (yellow), Common periwinkle (blue), Dayglow Pink fmay bells (pink), Double-flowered creeping buttercup (yellow), Dropmore catmint (blue), Dwarf white fan columbine (white), Eastern blue star (light blue), Foamflower (white), Jacob’s ladder (blue), Large-flowered comfrey (white, blue), Long-leaved lungwort (blue), May Night woodland sage (dark blue), Ozark bluestar (light blue), Periwinkle (purple), Spring Symphony foamflower (white), Sweet woodruff (white), Virginia waterleaf (white), Whitewater speedwell (white), Wild geranium (pink)

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

Blooms along the ground: Bloodred geranium (dark pink), Common periwinkle (blue), Max Frei bloodred geranium (pink), White-flowered common periwinkle (white)

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

Shrubs in bloom: Bayberry (green), Doublefile viburnum (white), Fragrant sumac (yellow), Hardy Kiwi (white), American bladdernut (white), Bog-rosemary (white), Fragrant sumac (yellow), Kentucky viburnum (white), May rose (pink), Nannyberry (white), Red-osier dogwood (white), Smooth wild rose (pink)

Blooms along the ground: False toadflax (white), Lakeside daisy (white), Periwinkle (blue), Shooting star (white to pink)

Frost Hill (Parking Lot 3)
Trees in bloom: Golden Shadows® Pagoda Dogwood (white)

Bur Reed Marsh (Parking Lot 6)
Shrubs in bloom: Carolina Silverbell (white)

Blooms along the ground: Common goat’s beard (white)

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

Blooms along the ground: Bellwort (yellow), Bristly buttercup (yellow), Common blue violet (blue), Jacob’s ladder (blue), Jack-in-the-pulpit (green and maroon), May-apple (white), Shooting star (white to pink), Virginia waterleaf (white), Wild geranium (pink), Wild-hyacinth (pale blue), Woodland phlox (blue), Yellow violet (yellow)

Appalachian Collection (Parking Lot 16)
Trees in bloom: Pawpaw (dark maroon)

Shrubs in bloom: Carolina allspice (maroon)

 

West Side Main Route

 

Founder's Grove (Parking Lot 20)
Blooms along the ground: May-apple (white), Wild geranium (blue), Woodland phlox (blue)

Thornhill Education Center Parking Lot (Parking Lot 21)
Trees in bloom: Horse-chestnut (yellow)

Shrubs in bloom: Carolina-allspice (maroon), Palibin lilac (lavender)

Blooms along the ground: Jacob’s ladder (blue)

Four Seasons Garden (Parking Lot 21)
Shrubs in bloom: Pink Palibin lilac (lavender)

Blooms along the ground: Caucasian geranium (pink), Eastern blue star (blue), Flames of Passion purple avens (red), Immortalty iris (white), Katherine Adele Oxford geranium (white), Max Frei bloodred geranium (lavender-pink), Purple Smoke false indigo (blue and lavender), Spanish bluebells (blue), Willow-leaved eastern blue star (blue)

Thornhill Education Center (Parking Lot 21)
Shrubs in bloom: Bloomerang® purple reblooming lilac (purple), Carolina-allspice (dark maroon), Sonic Bloom® series pink reblooming weigela

Blooms along the ground: Bowles common periwinkle (blue)

Joy Path and Thornhill South Lawn (Parking Lot 21)
Shrubs in bloom: Carolina-allspice (maroon), Red-osier dogwood (white)

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)

Shrubs in bloom: Chardonnay Pearls® slender deutzia (white), Fragrant abelia (white), Red Pixie lilac (lavender), Rosy Lights azalea (pink)

Blooms along the ground: Eastern blue star (blue), Bevan’s variety big-rooted geranium (light pink), Ingersen’s variety big-rooted geranium (light pink)

Daffodil Glade (Parking Lots 22 and 23)
Blooms along the ground: Common goat’s beard (yellow), Jacob’s ladder (blue), May-apple (white), Red clover (lavender-pink), Virginia waterleaf (white), Wild geranium (pink), Woodland phlox (blue)

Schulenberg Prairie and Oak Savanna (Parking Lot 25)
Blooms along the ground: American vetch (violet-purple), Bristly buttercup (yellow), False toadflax (white), Heart-leaved meadow-parsnip (yellow), Golden Alexander (yellow), Jacob’s ladder (blue), Lousewort (yellow), May-apple (white), Shooting star (pink to white), Starry false Solomon’s seal (white), White wild indigo (white), Wild geranium (pink), Wild hyacinth (white), Woodland phlox (blue)

Sterling Pond (Parking Lot 28)
Blooms along the ground: Golden Alexander (yellow), Jacob’s ladder (blue), May-apple (white), Starry false Solomon’s seal (white), Wild geranium (pink), Woodland phlox (blue)

Pine Hill (Parking Lot 28)
Blooms along the ground: Golden Alexander (yellow), Jacob’s ladder (blue), Virginia waterleaf (white), Wild geranium (pink), Woodland phlox (blue)

West DuPage 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: Black chokeberry (white), Boussingault common lilac (lavender), Beijing Gold® Peking lilac (white), Nodding lilac (lavender), Wolf’s lilac (lavender)

Blooms along the ground: Forest Frost fringe cups (white), Pink Snowflakes primrose (pink), The River™ series Susquehanna foamflower (white)

 

West Side Alternate Route

 

Sargent’s Glade (Parking Lot 26)
Blooms along the ground: Bristly buttercup (yellow), Common goat’s beard (white), May-apple (white), Red clover (purple-pink), Wild geranium (pink), Woodland phlox (blue)

Lake Marmo (Parking Lots 27 and 28)
Blooms along the ground: Bristly buttercup (yellow), Great white trillium (white), Hairy sweet Cecily (white), Virginia waterleaf (white), Wild geranium (pink), Woodland phlox (blue)