It's May-hem!

Submitted May 15, 2018 at 12:00 PM

It is the middle of May and the Garden is in the midst of a floral explosion! There are so many things in flower that it was difficult to only pick a handful of plants to showcase in this week's What's Blooming Blog.

Japanese Wisteria    Wisteria floribunda 'Macrobotrys'

It has been a while since we've had a Wisteria bloom this spectacular.

You can find Wisterias blooming in front of the Visitor Center, in the Herb, Medicinal, and Fragrance Gardens, as well as in the Water Conservation Garden.

Arrowleaf Balsamroot    Balsamorhiza sagittata

This show-stopping Utah native has a chocolate-like scent.

Look for it in Fern Gully, throughout the Natural Area, and all along the Salt Lake City foothills.

Rocky Mountain Iris    Iris missouriensis

Another great Utah native that does well in a garden setting.

Rocky Mountain Iris can be found growing in the Herb Garden and on the Sprout House roof.

Korean Barberry    Berberis koreana

Beautiful yellow flowers are followed by red fruit, but mind the thorns.

As you walk through the Medicinal Garden, this beauty can be found along the path on the west side.

Bressingham Ruby Pigsqueak    Bergenia cordifolia 'Bressingham Ruby'

Although it can grow in full sun, this succulent-leaved perennial loves the shade.

Watch for this show-stopper in Fern Gully and along other shady paths in the Garden.

Bluestar    Amsonia tabernaemontana

These splendid star-shaped flowers attract bees, wasps, flies, butterflies, moths, and beetles.

A relative of Dogbane and Milkweed, you can find this delightful plant along the Floral Walk.

Cliff Fendlerbush    Fendlera rupicola

This four-petaled Utah native shrub is a member of the Hydrangea family.

Keep your eyes open for this delightful shrub growing next to the path above the Children's Garden.

Globe Daisy
Heart-leaved Globe Daisy    Globularia cordifolia

Although not a member of the Daisy family, the flowers somewhat resemble those that are.

Perfect for rock and alpine gardens. This perennial is growing in the Water Conservation Garden.

Rock Rose
Cheviot Rock Rose    Helianthemum nummulare 'Cheviot'

Rock Roses belong to the Rock Rose family, which superficially look like flowers the true Rose family.

The photo does not do this plant justice. You have to see it in person, along with other great cultivars of this species in the Water Conservation Garden.

The plants in this week's blog don't even begin to show the diversity of what is currently in bloom. Whether you have an hour or a whole day to spend at the Garden, it is time well spent.

In case you missed the Spring Plant Sale, there are still some perennials, trees, and shrubs available for purchase in the Visitor Center courtyard for the next week and a half. Come get them while you can!

Photos by Jason W. Baker

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