Bloom and Fall Color Reports

Bloom Report: May 20–26, 2022

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May 20–26

Bloom Report

Spring bloom season is almost over. The East Woods (Parking Lots 9 through 12) are still blooming with the last wildflowers of the season: woodland phlox, wild geranium, May-apple, and waterleaf. In the collections, flowering dogwood, hawthorns, Carolina silverbells, buckeyes, lilacs, and shrub dogwoods show the late blooms of the season.

Attractive blooms continue to be found in the Fragrance Garden (Parking Lot 21), Four Season Garden (Parking Lot 21), along Joy Path (Parking Lot 21), and in the Ground Cover Garden (Parking Lot 1). Seasonal displays and container gardens around the Visitor Center (Parking Lot 1) and Thornhill buildings (Parking Lot 21) are always impressive!

The Schulenberg Prairie and savanna (Parking Lot 25), as well as the woods just south of Big Rock Meadow (Parking Lot 14), have showy displays of shooting stars. The Schulenberg Prairie is just starting its summer bloom season, which will continue well into the fall. It’s worth making weekly trips to the Arboretum to see the changing colors of the native prairie plants.

It doesn’t matter what the weather brings, there are always beautiful gardens to visit, trails to wander, birds to see, and sounds to hear at The Morton Arboretum.

About the Bloom Report

The Bloom Report is written by the Arboretum’s Manager of Plant Records, Ed Hedborn. It is typically published on Fridays through spring to give members and guests a chance to plan their weekend visits. The Arboretum also publishes a weekly Color Report in the fall.

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