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Cross Walk

  • Tulipa (Tulip) ‘Saigon’ - large swoop of deep purple blooms at the bottom of the steps from the Linda J. Smith Visitor Center
  • Narcissus ‘Thalia’ - pure white, fragrant daffodil growing in mass behind the visitor center
  • Viola x wittrockiana 'Matrix Sunrise’™ (pansy) - lovely, warm display of pink, peach, and yellow with a dark purple eye; planted with a variety of Lobularia maritima (sweet alyssum) in the same tones producing a soft glow of color; planted at the “Door Maze” bed
  • Viola cornuta ‘Sorbet XP Purple Ice’ - vigorous , with a deep purple eye that fades into shades of lavender; paired with purple Tulipa ‘Saigon’ “hearts”

Four Seasons Garden/Bulb & Annual Garden

  • Viola cornuta ‘Penny™ Yellow’ - cheerful and bright yellow viola that catches the eye from afar; a welcome sight after the winter’s cold
  • V. cornuta ‘Penny™ Denim Jump-Up’ – deep, vibrant blue; a beautiful contrast to the yellow viola 
  • V. cornuta ‘Penny™ Marlies’ - another beautiful, vivid blue, contrasting viola with a hint of amber

Dogwood Trail

  • Leucojum aestivum ‘Gravetye Giant’ (summer snowflake) - early blooming perennial bulb with nodding, bell-shaped white flowers tipped with a green spot; mildly fragrant; dormant by summer; located near the entry to the Dogwood Trail
  • Helleborus orientalis (Lenten Rose) - evergreen, glossy foliage with an array of pastel colored flowers; one of the few plants that bloom in winter and remain through spring

 Mathews Nature Trail/Shade Border
  • Pieris japonica ‘Valley Rose’ - evergreen shrub with small, white, bell-shaped blooms dripping in clusters from the tips of branches; located at the edge of the Fern Glade, in the Shade Border
  • Trillium cuneatum (trillium) - woodland plant with deep magenta upright flowers atop above leaves of three; variegated foliage with cream colored specks; extensive collection just beginning to bloom; southeastern native with Alabama as host to the most varieties
  • Mertensia virginica (Virginia bluebells) - pink buds maturing to lovely a lavender-blue
  • Packera (formerly Senecio) aureus (golden ragwort) - showy daisy-like, bright yellow flower; eastern North American native
  • Dodecatheon meadia (shooting star) - delicate white flower resembling a collection of shooting stars; late spring bloomer and southeastern native
  • Erythronium americanum (trout lily) - small (only 6-10 inches tall) plant with a yellow and brown flower facing down and mottled foliage resembling a trout; flower opens in the day and closes each night; Alabama native

Mertensia virginica (Virginia bluebells)

Look for this logo to locate these plants in the Garden.