Curator's blog

Container Displays

Besides our formal bed displays, we like to accent our gardens with beautiful container plantings. This year we have been fortunate to be able to add a number of new large planters throughout the gardens. Pay special attention to them and you may just discover a new plant you have to add to your own collection.

The following container plantings can be found in the Courtyard just outside the Visitor Center.

Native Bloomers

Red Butte Garden tries to incorporate native plants in as many of our gardens as possible. As you're strolling through the gardens this summer, if you're curious as to which plants are native we have made it easy to tell. On the bottom right corner of our signs we include a Utah symbol which indicates that the plant is native.

Palmer's Penstemon       Penstemon palmeri

Roses! Roses! Roses!

What a beautiful and floriferous spring and summer it has been. This year, our Rose Garden is looking impressive. The rose bushes are maturing nicely and are currently blooming their little hearts out and filing the garden with a delightful fragrance.

Aloha Rose       Rosa 'Aloha'

Late Spring Color

The warm weather never fails to bring out the color. The wisteria is blooming and looks as amazing as it always does. Don't forget to check out the cool season display in the Fragrance Garden Meadow before it winds down. The deep magenta and Linaria flowers compliment the yellow Wall Flowers and purple Catmint nicely.

Fragrance Garden Meadow

It's May!

Most of you know the flowers in our formal gardens, but how many take the time to visit the natural area to see the beautiful native blooms? Right now is probably the best time to see our native flowers at their best.

Arrowleaf Balsamroot       Balsamorhiza sagittata

End of April

It feels like summer outside and the plants are trying to catch up with the warm temperatures. The bulbs and daffodils are nearing the end of their cycle, but there are still plenty of them blooming throughout the gardens.

The crabapples are in full swing and can be found in every garden with flowers ranging in color from pure white to deep pink.

Adam's Crabapple       Malus 'Adams'

Mid and Late Season Daffodils

The mid and late season daffodils are still going strong if you haven't had a chance to see our amazing daffodil display yet. The best places to catch them are the Four Seasons Garden, Floral Walk and Rose Garden.

Narcissus 'Carlton'

Mid Season Daffodils

Our daffodils are in full bloom here at Red Butte, from the very small cultivars to the very tall, they are up and open in all the gardens.

Some daffodils you might see while you're walking around the Garden are posted below, but there are many many more!!

Narcissus 'Camelot'

Narcissus 'Jack Snipe'

Magnolia Madness!!

2012 seems to be a very good year for our Magnolias at Red Butte Garden. With the mild winter and a warm spring, the gorgeous flowers have been retaining their color and fragrance very well.

You can see our various Magnolias near the Courtyard, along the Floral walk and in the Fragrance Garden.

Leonard Messel Magnolia       Magnolia x loebneri 'Leonard Messel'

Blooming Bulbs 2012

It's that time folks! The bulbs are awake and are open all over the Garden. This year Red Butte Garden will have over 300,000 bulbs blooming.

Be sure to visit multiple times throughout the bulb season to see the many varieties on display.

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