What's in Bloom

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Below are some plants that are especially interesting or typically in bloom this month at Duke Gardens.

Every year unfolds differently, depending on the winter and spring weather conditions. Here's a PDF that shows what spring flowers were blooming in March through May of spring 2019. As spring 2020 begins to unfold, please return to this page for a link to the latest maps of what's in bloom. Enjoy!

For an idea of plants you may wish to seek out at different times throughout the year, please see these plant highlight PDFs from peak periods in the past: March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October/early November.

Lilac daphne
Lilac daphne

Daphne genkwa in the Culberson Asiatic Arboretum. Photo by Beth Hall.

Reticulated iris

Iris reticulata in the Historic Gardens. Photo by Robert Ayers.

Giant pussy willow

Salix chaenomeloides in the Historic Gardens. Photo by Robert Ayers.

Japanese camellia

Camellia japonica in the Culberson Asiatic Arboretum and the Historic Gardens. Photo by Robert Ayers.

Gold-edged winter daphne

Daphne odora 'Aureomarginata' in the Culberson Asiatic Arboretum. Photo by Robert Ayers.

Paperbush

Edworthia chrysantha in the Culberson Asiatic Arboretum and the Historic Gardens. Photo by Lee Capps.

Japanese apricot

Prunus mume 'Hokkai Bungo' in the Culberson Asiatic Arboretum. Photo by Paul D. Jones.