Featured Blooms

Plant of the Week: Japanese Stewartia

Stewartia pseudocamellia, common name Japanese Stewartia, was introduced into western cultivation in 1874, honouring 16th century Scottish botanist John Stuart, though it is native to parts of Japan and Korea. Read More


While strolling through RBG’s Synoptic Shrub Collection this week, gaze upon the Calycanthus floridus (Carolina Allspice) shrub, whose striking red flowers are in full bloom.

Laking Garden

At Laking Garden this week, pollinators are busily making their way through the perennial beds of the middle terrace. Astilbe chinensis var. taquetii 'Superba' (Astilbe) stands proudly with fluffy pink blooms, while Veronicastrum virginicum ‘Album’ (Culver`s Root) sways softly with tall off-white plumes.

Hendrie Park

In Hendrie Park, Nicotiana ‘Whisper Rose Shades’ (Flowering Tobacco) can be found as you roam over to the Medicinal Garden section. This is one of the many flowering displays blooming attractively this week at Royal Botanical Gardens.

RBG Centre

Acacia retinodes (Swamp Wattle) is a must-see on your journey through the Mediterranean Garden, with yellow pom-pom blooms peering beneath spiky green leaves. Finally, be sure to take a picture of Clivia miniata (Bush Lily), with prominent orange and yellow flowers set against a background of dark green foliage.

Rock Garden

In the lower area of Rock Garden, you will spot Viburnum plicatum var. tomentosum ‘Roseum’ (Doublefile Viburnum) with sparkling red flowers and matching berries peeking through green foliage. As you continue your journey around the water features, be sure to catch Platycodon grandiflorus ‘Fuji Blue’ (Balloon Flower) brightly blooming under the cover of trees.

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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