Featured Blooms

Plant of the Week: Heptacodium miconiodes – Seven-Son Flower

Heptacodium miconiodes, commonly known as Seven-Son Flower, is the sole member of the genus Heptacodium, which is derived from the Greek word ‘epta’, meaning ‘seven’. Species name miconiodes refers to the plants similarity to the genus of flowering plants Miconia. Closely related to the Honeysuckle, H. miconiodes is a member of the Caprifoliaceae family. Read More


As the summer season draws to a close, you will begin to notice the late-blooming Heptacodium miconioides (Seven-Son Flower) in most garden areas at Royal Botanical Gardens. This is one of the sights in the Synoptic Shrub Collection at the Arboretum this week.

Laking Garden

Hosta ‘Regal Splendor’ (Plantain-Lily) is a must-see in Hosta Walk at Laking Garden. This is the perfect time of year to experience this picturesque space of trees, shrubs, and seasonal perennials.

Hendrie Park

At Hendrie Park, Tropaeolum majus 'Glorious Gleam' (Garden Nasturtium) is currently blooming in Veggie Village with unique circular foliage and cheerful orange flowers to prepare us for autumn. Different varieties of Helianthus annuus (Common Sunflower) can be enjoyed here, as well as in the Children’s Discovery Garden.

Rock Garden

This week at Rock Garden, Ligularia dentata 'Desdemona' (Leopard Plant) is in full bloom close to the water features in the lower garden area. If you follow the path toward the former Tea House, you will find Weigela florida ‘Red Prince’ (Weigela) glowing brightly in its second bloom.

RBG Centre

On your next visit to Royal Botanical Gardens, be sure to pass by Hinton Court, where Passiflora coccinea (Red Passion Flower) is now vibrantly blooming with large red flowers. Come by yourself; bring friends, or the entire family!

Nature Sanctuaries

This week for what’s in bloom, mushrooms and other fungi make a brief cameo in the nature sanctuaries. On rotting hardwood stumps in hendrie valley and along captain cootes, the brighlty coloured chicken-of-the-woods can be seen. The mysterious jack-o-lantern fungi has flushed in hendrie valley! At princess point, small club fungi have popped up after the controlled burn this spring.

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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