Featured Blooms

Plant of the Week: Bottlebrush Buckeye

Aesculus parviflora is commonly called bottlebrush buckeye in recognition of the resemblance it has to its more famous relative horse chestnut, this shrub often goes by the common name “dwarf horse chestnut”. A. parviflora is a species native to the open woodlands of the southeastern United States. Read More


At the Arboretum this week, take a journey among the Malus ×purpurea ‘Eleyi’ (Purple Crabapple) trees, which are starting to display their tiny red fruit.

Laking Garden

Take some time to visit Laking Garden this week for the fine display of midseason perennials. Calamagrostis ×acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’ (Feather Reed Grass) is currently standing tall in the middle terrace. Geranium wallichianum ‘Buxton’s Variety’ (Geranium) is currently blooming in this area as well.

Hendrie Park

Find Pycnanthemum muticum (Blunt Mountain Mint) this week in Hendrie Park’s Oak Alley. As you travel towards the reflecting pools, you will notice Nymphaea ‘Gladstone’ (Hardy Waterlily) as well as a wonderful selection of aquatic plants beginning to bloom.

RBG Centre

Pop into Hinton Court when you visit RBG Centre. There you will find Zinnia haageana ‘Aztec Burgundy Bicolor’ (Zinnia) in bloom. This is a great spot to have a seat and take a rest after a trip to the other garden areas.

Rock Garden

Yucca filamentosa (Adam’s Needle) is in full bloom right now on the lower level of the Rock Garden as you head away from the water features. The beautiful display of this Yucca is a definite picture-taking opportunity at this garden.

Nature Sanctuaries

This week the theme is yellow in the nature sanctuaries! In Hendrie Valley and at Princess Point, the woodland sunflowers have begun to bloom. Cup plants are also flowering this week! Keep an eye on the edges of the Nature Sanctuaries and between Woodland Garden and Hendrie Valley to catch the flowers. Black eyed Susan’s are flowering in abundance in the Princess Point Prairies! Along the moist slopes and the near water’s edge, pale touch-me-not flowers can be seen!

Bloom Times

Bloom time is often influenced by many natural events including temperature and climate. As these can vary from year to year bloom times are influenced by these factors. Below you will find ‘average’ bloom times for a number of RBG’s collections but please bear in mind that if we experience an early or late spring, bloom times could shift up to 10 days earlier or 10 days later.

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