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THE BEST TIME FOR BLOOMS
Flowers bloom year-round in the Botanic Garden. The earliest blossoms begin around mid-December and early January, initiating a flowering succession that provides a continuous show through the seasons. The months of March through July are the richest in flowers, but there are blooms and seasonal attractions every day of the year. The following list indicates the more prominent plants and the months in which they are usually at their best. Click on the links to see photos of the plants.
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silktassels, manzanitas, manzanitas, and more manzanitas, osoberry, currants.
barberries, Dutchman's pipe, fuchsia-flowered gooseberry, milkmaids, western leatherwood, bluff wallflower, slinkpod.
redbud, pink-flowering currant, California poppy, trilliums, shooting stars, wallflowers, fritillaries, fawn lilies, rock cress, pussy willows, wild lilacs; trees begin to leaf out.
California rhododendron, woolly blue curls, ninebark, mountain spiraea, summer holly, ceanothus, Chinese houses, irises, styrax, blazing star.
monkeyflowers, fremontias, carpenteria, tidy tips, bush poppies, brodiaeas, mariposa tulips, cacti, clarkias, mock orange.
western azalea, matilija poppy, fireweed, ocean spray, sweet shrub, mariposas, Donner buckwheat, columbines.
buckwheats, red and yellow bush penstemons, other perennial penstemons, scarlet mimulus.
buckwheats, late penstemons, evening primroses, gum plants, scarlet larkspur,
Milo Baker's lupine.
California fuchsias, tarweeds, buckwheats, hibiscus, helianthus, late penstemons.
flowers: chaparral currant; colorful fruits: snowberry, madrone;
colorful leaves: cottonwoods, deciduous oaks, dogwoods, hawthorn, willows, vine maple
first manzanita blooms, colorful twigs of deciduous shrubs.
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