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What's Growing On


Cool season annual pansy and viola varieties fill our color displays with 40,000 plants. These hardy annuals are planted in October and provide the Garden with fabulous color displays throughout the winter months. The entrance welcomes visitors with ‘Karma Blue Butterfly’ and ‘Delta Golden Yellow.’ Also planted is Viola x wittrockiana Panola® ‘Silouette Mix,’ a cross of pansy and viola.

Japanese Maple, Acer japonicum and A. palmatum - distinctive trees located throughout the Garden; leaves have interesting forms and notable fall coloration; look for A. palmatum ‘Fireglow’, A. palmatum ‘Sango-kaku’,  A. palmatum ‘Bloodgood’ and  A. palmatum var. disectum ‘Tamukeyama’ in the Garden

  • Camellia sasanqua ‘Yuletide’ - evergreen shrub 6’-10’ tall; flowers are red with yellow stamens
  • Camellia (oleifera x Frost Princess)’Snow Flurry’ - evergreen shrub with glossy leaves; produces showy flowers of white over a period of 4 to 6 weeks in late autumn; located behind the Linda J. Smith Visitor Center
Persian Ironwood, Parrotia persica - small, deciduous tree eventually growing to 20-40' or a large, multi-stemmed shrub growing to 15' tall; insignificant flowers; oval to oblong leaves (to 4" long) in shades of yellow, orange and red in fall; bark of mature trees exfoliates to show green, white or tan patches beneath to provide good winter interest; located in the Four Seasons Garden

Woods Blue Aster, Symphyotrichum dumosum ‘Wood’s Light Blue’ - herbaceous perennial, 8-12” tall and wide; white or pale lavender 1.5” daisy-like petals; bred and chosen for its dwarf habit and abundance of color; located in the Four Seasons Garden

Beautyberry, Callicarpa dichotoma - deciduous shrub, 2-4” tall; lilac-violet fruit; large display can be viewed at Nicholas Terrace, also planted in various other locations

Muhly Grass, Muhlenbergia capillaris - ornamental perennial grass, 2-3’ tall; clouds of pink to pinkish-red flowers in the fall; located at the entrance, Children’s Garden and Teledyne Terrace

Switch Grass, Panicum virgatum ‘Shenandoah’, ‘Northwind’, ’Cloud Nine’ - 3-6’ tall ornamental grass with stiff columnar form; located at the Main Entrance

Japanese Silver Grass, Miscanthus sinensis var. condensatus ‘Cosmopolitan’ - stunning variety with large coppery-pink flowers over wide green leaves, boldly edged in creamy-white; foliage dries, turning a light tan shade for the winter; located at the Main Entrance


Beautyberry, Callicarpa dichotoma

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