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December 2009 There is always something blooming at Zilker Botanical Garden, regardless of the season.
Purple Coneflower
Whereas most flowering perennials bloom from spring to fall, late fall still produces some spectacular color at Zilker Botanical Garden. Noticeable in the Green Garden is the native Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea).
How can one miss the brilliant red berries of the Yaupon Holly (Ilex vomitoria) that line the median strip in the parking lot. Not only a feast for the eye, the berries are relished by wildlife in the Garden. These berries along with their evergreen foliage will remain throughout the winter.

While Butterfly Ginger
If you are looking for something sweet  to smell, try these white butterfly gingers in full bloom near the entry to the parking lot. The Hedychium  coronorium is one of the most cold hardy of the exotic gingers which is ideally located in a shady understory setting.

Mexican Bush Sage
Although approaching the end of their blooming season, the dwarf Mexican Bush Sage (Salvia leucantha, cv. Santa Barbara) continues to dazzle both human eyes and the butterflies they attract so well.

One of the finest and most colorful of our tender perennials is the Pentas.  Zilker Botanical Garden has used this plant so effectively in the entryway displays and they remain blooming until the first frost in shades of red, pink and white. 

Colorful Foliage
And finally, colorful foliage blended with bloomers adds an incredible combination of color, texture and interest as demonstrated in this area planting near the entry. Seen is Tasmanian flax (Dianella tasmanica), Blackfoot Daisy (Melampodium leucanthum), and a colorful hybrid coleus.


See what's blooming during other times of the year—

  Batface Cuphea

Grow Green guide

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

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