Flowering dogwood (Cornus florida) near the Appalachian Collection.
May 17, 2019
Suddenly the woods are green at The Morton Arboretum, even as the exquisite white flowering dogwoods reach full bloom. Look for them along the main route near the China Collection and in the Fragrance Garden on the West Side, among other locations. Don’t miss the vista of blooming crabapples in the Crabapple Collection, as well as the West Side’s Flowering Trees Collection. In the Hedge Garden, four glorious Japanese flowering crabapples are in bloom in a formal boxwood parterre.
In the East Woods, the wildflowers continue—blue woodland phlox and Jacob’s ladder, pink wild geraniums, white great trillium, red prairie trillium, and curious jack-in-the-pulpit. In the Ground Cover garden on the East Side and in the Fragrance Garden on the West Side, perennials are beginning to bloom, including Siberian bugloss and snowdrop anemone, beneath the fluffy white bottlebrush blooms of dwarf fothergilla. And the first blooms are appearing around Meadow Lake: pink and white shooting star and wispy pink prairie smoke. Spring marches on!