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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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January
silktassels, manzanitas, manzanitas, and more manzanitas, osoberry, currants.

February
barberries, Dutchman's pipe, fuchsia-flowered gooseberry, milkmaids, western leatherwood, bluff wallflower, slinkpod.

March
redbud, pink-flowering currant, California poppy, trilliums, shooting stars, wallflowers, fritillaries, fawn lilies, rock cress, pussy willows, wild lilacs; trees begin to leaf out.

April
California rhododendron, woolly blue curls, ninebark, mountain spiraea, summer holly, ceanothus, Chinese houses, irises, styrax, blazing star.

May
monkeyflowers, fremontias, carpenteria, tidy tips, bush poppies, brodiaeas, mariposa tulips, cacti, clarkias, mock orange.

June
western azalea, matilija poppy, fireweed, ocean spray, sweet shrub, mariposas, Donner buckwheat, columbines.

July
buckwheats, red and yellow bush penstemons, other perennial penstemons, scarlet mimulus.

August
buckwheats, late penstemons, evening primroses, gum plants, scarlet larkspur, Milo Baker's lupine.

September
California fuchsias, tarweeds, buckwheats, hibiscus, helianthus, late penstemons.

October-November
flowers: chaparral currant; colorful fruits: snowberry, madrone;
colorful leaves: cottonwoods, deciduous oaks, dogwoods, hawthorn, willows, vine maple

December
first manzanita blooms, colorful twigs of deciduous shrubs.


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