Featured Blooms

Plant of the Week: Malus sargentii 'Rosea' – Sargent’s Crabapple

Malus is a genus of more than 50 species of small deciduous apple trees or shrubs in the family Rosaceae. The genus name comes from the Latin word for apple. Some species, such as sargentii are known as crabapples or wild apples. These trees are native to the temperate zone of the Northern Hemisphere. Read More


Discover the Indigenous People & Plants Trail on your next visit to the Arboretum at Royal Botanical Gardens. Then travel through the Synoptic Shrub Collection where you will notice Diervilla × splendens (Bush honeysuckle) blooming brightly.

Laking Garden

This week, Achillea ‘Anthea’ (Yarrow) is one of the many seasonal perennials currently in bloom at the Barbara Laking Memorial Garden. Enjoy the arrival of fall as the leaves begin to change colour in this delightful area of Royal Botanical Gardens.

Hendrie Park

At Hendrie Park, Lablab purpureus (Asian Red Leaved Hyacinth Bean) is vibrantly blooming on both a regular and pyramid trellis in Veggie Village: 100 Mile Produce Gardens. You will immediately notice attention-grabbing pink flowers, followed by spectacular, glossy purple seedpods. In Oak Allee, Imagination Grove, and the Helen M. Kippax Garden areas, you will find Asclepias incarnata 'Cinderella' (Rose Milkweed) and various native milkweed plants beginning to open, signalling the changing season.

Rock Garden

Rudbeckia maxima (Giant Coneflower) will be spotted above the seasonal perennials this week in the lower garden area of the Rock Garden. As you venture towards the former tea house, eye-catching Ceratostigma plumbaginoides (Blue Leadwort) provides a beautiful blue carpet of blooms. Furthermore, catch Plant of the Week Malus sargentii ‘Rosea’ (Sargent’s Crabapple).

RBG Centre

When you visit RBG Centre, stop by the Mediterranean Garden, where Punica granatum 'Nana' (Dwarf Pomegranate) is putting on an impressive show on the main level.

Nature Sanctuaries

Asters and goldenrods continue to dominate the natural lands! The beloved New England aster is in full bloom and can be found at nearly all Nature Sanctuaries. In Hendrie Valley, along the slope on South Bridal Trail, to very similar species are blooming! The only difference between silverrod and hairy goldenrod is the colour of the ray flowers! See if you can spot either one! The elusive amethyst aster has been found at Princess Point and at Rock Chapel. This species is actually a natural hybrid between the small heath aster, and the showy New England aster and has medium sized, pale purple ray flowers!

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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