Spring at Zilker Botanical Garden always brings a flurry of flowering plants into their show-off period and the scene changes week by week. Flowering Quince and Redbuds led off the show in March followed by quite a variety of flowering plants shown below (photos taken in early April).
Jerusalem Sage, with its unusually- shaped yellow flowers adorning the silvery foliage and Larkspur coming up among the ferns in the parking lot islands.
Damianita is in full bloom in the Grow Green Garden and Snapdragon of all colors parades through various entry beds. Azaleas enjoy their short but colorful period of spring bloom along the pathway leading to the rose garden.
Hinkley's yellow Columbine thrives in shady wooded areas, while the dainty Baby Blue Eyes spreads around to add this unusual color to the palette. Dianthus can be seen blooming brilliantly in the butterfly garden area.
As Iris begin their spring blooming season, the rose garden is celebrating in full bloom!
In the Taniguchi Japanese Garden, the Anacacho Orchid Tree is blooming in white, along with the Pomegranate's dazzling bright orange blooms. Mock Orange mimics Dogwood blooms.
In the Herb Garden stands a magnificent Martha Gonzales Rose in full bloom. Also Amaryllis can be seen popping up in various bedding areas with their glorious blooms.
And finally, back to the parking lot islands, Poppies and Spiderwort are enjoying the pre-summer weather at Zilker Botanical Garden. Remember, this is what was blooming in early April. The color continues in different forms throughout the year.
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Descriptions of these plants are included in the City of Austin’s Grow Green informative guide, Native and Adapted Landscape Plants: an earthwise guide for Central Texas (4th Edition, 2009). This publication is available at local nurseries and at the Garden Center at Zilker Botanical Garden. You can also download the guide at www.growgreen.org