Curator's blog

August is for the Asters

Late summer at Red Butte is when many plants in the sunflower, or aster family, (Asteraceae) put on the best show.

September Ruby Aster       Aster novae-angilae 'Septemberrubin'

The flowers in this family come in many sizes from the very large like the garden sunflower, to the very small like the native Broom Snakeweed.

Hot Blossoms

Even though it has felt like the surface of the sun outside, many of the plants love it and are blooming like there's no tomorrow!

Spanish Lavender       Lavandula stoechas 'Silver Anouk'

Yellow Storksbill       Erodium chrysanthum

A Little Bit of Everything

It is the end of July and there are still plenty of flowers to see. Some plants are still flowering, some are re-flowering and other flowers are new.

The great thing about re-visiting Red Butte Garden is the constant change of color and variety of blossoms. Each time you visit is like your first time.

Echeveria       Echeveria subrigida 'Fire and Ice'

Summer Blooms

Now is a great time to visit Red Butte if you haven't been in a while because the garden is constantly changing. What was blooming earlier in the summer has finished its blooming cycle and has passed the baton on to those next in line to flower.

Giant Hyssop       Agastache foeniculum

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'

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Closed Thanksgiving Day and Dec 24-Jan 1

*On days when outdoor concerts are scheduled, garden hours are 9AM-5PM

Only Service Animals are allowed in the garden


Members: Free
Adults (ages 18-64): $12
Seniors (ages 65+): $10
Military w/ID: $10
Children (ages 3-17): $7
Children (under 3): Free
U of U Faculty/Staff: $10
U of U Students: Free with valid ID

Groups (12 or more) $1 off ea. person

Enjoy half-price admission December, January, and February


300 Wakara Way
Salt Lake City, UT 84108
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