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The Botanical Wonders of Rock City

This is a partial listing of blooming plants according to season. Changes in flowering seasons may occur due to change in the climate. Have fun and see how many you can identify!
By George Schimpf, Rock City Gardens Director of Horticulture

Spring - April, May and June

Hosta, Trumpet Lilies, Common Sweetshrub, Abelia, Red Buckeye, Phlox, Bluebells, Penstemon, Clematis, Azalea, Mahonia, Yucca, Wisteria, Mountain Laurel: Olympic Fire and Nipmuck; Nandina, Rhododendron: Catawba, Roseum Elegans, Nova Zembla, Parson's Gloriosum, Maxcat, English Roseum, Maximum Roseum, Scintillation, Carolina and Rosebay. Native Azaleas: Rhododendron (Florida Azalea, Oconee Azalea, Swamp Azalea, Alabama Azalea, Flame Azalea, Piedmont Azalea); Hybrids and cultivars: Rhododendron (Sunny Side Up, Gregory Bald Azalea, Hino-Crimson Azalea, Delaware Valley Azalea); Sweetshrub, Fringetree, Hearts-a-Bursting, Common Lilac, Ivory Silk Lilac Tree, Doublefile Viburnum, Weigela, Redbud, Kwanzan Cherry, Yoshino Cherry, Celestial Dogwood, Stellar Pink Dogwood, Tulip Poplar, Princess Tree, Bird-Foot Violet, Columbine, Foamflower, Dwarf Crested Iris, Wild Sweet William, Blue Star, Wild Ginger, Jack-in-the-Pulpit, Wild Geranium, Stonecrop, Coreopsis, Mayapple, Blue False Indigo, Crossvine, Ridged Verbena, Spiderwort, Prickly Pear Cactus, Red Hot Poker, Black-Eyed Susan, Stokes' Aster, Daffodil, Tulip, Rose Campion, Grape Hyacinth, Allium, Iris, Solomon's Seal, Astilbe, Sugar Maple, Red Chokeberry, Sweet Birch, Yellowwood, Pagoda Dogwood, Lavender, Kousa Dogwood, Hawthorn, Large Fothergilla, Dwarf Fothergilla, Trumpet Honeysuckle, Carolina Silverbell, Goldenrain Tree, Southern Magnolia, Sweetbay Magnolia, Sweet Mockorange, Korean Spice Viburnum, Eskimo Viburnum, Japanese Viburnum, Cayuga Viburnum, Lily of the Valley, Ornamental Onion.

Summer - July, August and September

Oriental Lilies, Foxglove, Trumpet Lilies, Golden St. John's Wort, Beautyberry, Franklin Tree, Lirope, Variegated Lirope, Daylily, Hosta, Clematis, Anthony Waterer Spiraea, Butterfly-Bush [link to photo below], River Oats Smoketree, Porcelain Berry, Crape Myrtle, Sourwood, Black-Eyed Susan, Butterfly Weed, Yarrow, Bee-Balm, Coneflower, Mountain Mint, Turk's-Cap Lily, Passionflower, Nodding Onion, Cardinal Flower, Garden Phlox, Pink Turtleheads, White Boltonia, Goldenrod, Aster, Trumpet Vine, Buttonbush, Cinnamon Clethra, Wild Hydrangea, Oakleaf Hydrangea, Annabelle Hydrangea, Sterling Silver Linden Tree, Castor-Aralia, Russian-Sage, Native Azaleas: Rhododendron (Sweet Azalea, Hammocksweet Azalea). Hybrids and cultivars: Rhodendron (Pennsylvania Azalea, Lemon Drop Azalea, Parade Azalea, Crimson Tide Azalea) Elderberry, False Solomon's Seal, Solomon's Seal, Angel Trumpet, Canna, Crocosmia Lucifer, Garden Phlox. Summer Annuals: New Gold Lantana, Green Potato Vine, Blackie Potato Vine, Dragon Wing Begonia, Purple Wave Petunia, Toto Rudbeckia, Purple Fountain Grass, Dallas Red Lantana, Red Bronze Leaf Begonia, White Impatien, Red Impatien, Lipstick Impatien, Salmon Impatien, Coleus.

Autumn - October, November and December

Thorny Eleagnus, Fall Crocus, Holly Osmanthus, Japanese Honeysuckle, Chrysanthemum, Winter Annuals:Yellow Pansy, Sky Blue Pansy, Deep Blue Pansy, Primrose Yellow, White Pansy, Orange Pansy, Rose Pansy, Begonia, Petunia, Marigold, Impatiens, Salvia Blue, Geranium, Aster, Tall Narrow Leaf Sunflower, Lenten Rose, Coneflower, Yarrow.

Winter - January, February and March

Witchhazel, Snowdrops, Serviceberry, Pieris, Japonica, Lenten Rose, Crocus, Periwinkle, Blood Root, Pachysandra, Spring Beauty, Amur Honeysuckle, Winter Honeysuckle, Carolina Jessamine, Winter Jasmine, Forsythia, Red Maple, Silver Maple, Clematis, Leonard Messel Magnolia, Saucer Magnolia, Leatherleaf Mahonia, Bayberry, Daffodil, Hyacinth, Common Bugle Weed, Columbine, Arum, Pansy.

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