A Healthy Dose of Spring

Submitted April 12, 2019 at 12:00 PM

We've definitely had a very wintery spring, but between snow storms, the Garden offers an abundant supply of spring flowers that muscle their way through the bad weather.

Chieftan Manzanita    Arctostaphylos x coloradoensis 'Chieftan'

Found only in the Water Conservation Garden, this low-growing evergreen begins blooming right after the snow melts.

Bressingham White Pigsqueak    Bergenia 'Bressingham White'

This shade-loving perennial enjoys the canopy of trees found only along the Fern Gully path.

Dutchman's Breeches
Dutchman's Breeches    Dicentra cucullaria

Native to North America, this handsome little flower can be found in the Medicinal Garden.

Dwarf Crown Imperial Fritillary    Fritillaria raddeana

Towering over the neighboring daffodils, this early spring bulb can be found growing in the Water Conservation Garden.

Grape Hyacinth    Muscari armeniacum

The soft purple flowers look like tiny bundles of grapes, giving this plant its common name.

Armenian Apricot    Prunus armeniaca

This species has been cultivated for so long it is uncertain where it originates, but its seeds have been discovered in archaeological excavations in Armenia dating back 6,000 years.

Pasque Flower
Pasque Flower    Pulsatilla vulgaris

A sure sign of spring, Pasque Flower will continue to bloom into early summer then produce fluffy seed heads.

Bulbs are popping up all over the Garden and now is the time to plan your visit to see 500,000+ blooming bulbs up close and personal.

Photos by MaryJo Dalton and Jason W. Baker

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