Daffodils blooming at Altanta Botanical Garden is a sign that warmer days are ahead.
Photo: Summer Graves/Atlanta Botanical Garden
Photo: Summer Graves/Atlanta Botanical Garden

Everything you need to know about Atlanta Botanical Garden's spring bloom

When the weather warms, Atlanta Botanical Garden bursts with color. When do you want to visit? Use this bloom guide to plan the perfect Garden adventure.

Paperbush (Edgeworthia papyrifera) – This blue-green shrub likes moist areas so it's a natural fit for the Woodland Garden. You'll recognize it by looking for yellowish-white flowers that appear in late winter to early spring.

Desert Rose (Adenium obesum) – Head to the Garden House where these five-petaled dark pink flowers bloom twice a year (early spring and fall).

Tulips - Tens of thousands of tulips provide a kaleidoscope of color in various areas throughout Atlanta Botanical Garden starting in early spring. This year's display will showcase hot colors: reds, oranges and yellows.

Winterhazel (Corylopsis pauciflora) – The small, delicate shrub, which reaches 4 to 5 feet off the ground, features pale yellow flowers when it blooms in early spring in the Woodland Garden.

Apple (Malus x domestica) – The Edible Garden springs to life in midspring when pinkish white fluffy flowers appear on the branches of the Garden's apple trees. While the flowers quickly fall to the ground after blossoming, the apples will start to grow shortly after until late September when they are picked.

Cavendishia micayensis – Looking like a pink flowered pine cone, this orchid lives its days in the Garden's High Elevation House. You'll most likely see its full color on display midspring each year.

Jade Vine Emerald Creeper (Strongylodon macrobotrys) – Climbing high in the Tropical Rotunda, in midspring the vine features jade green flowers that can reach over a foot in length.

Woolly Groundsel (Packera tomentosa) – Often found living along granite outcroppings, Woolly Groundsel can be found in the Garden's Conservation Garden. You'll recognize it by looking for rustic looking shoots with small, yellow flowers rising from them near the ground in midspring.

Bromeliad (Tillandsia dyeriana) – Look to the crown of the tropical trees in the Garden's Tropical Rotunda to see bright red plants made up of a series of leaves that work to collect rain water. Because of its collection capabilities, this late spring bloomer is often home to poison arrow frogs' eggs and tadpoles in the wild.

Georgia Plume (Elliottia racemosa) – This shrub is exclusive to Georgia and can be found with delicate, white flowers in the Conservation Garden.

Hydrangea - More than 160 cultivars of numerous hydrangea species make up the Garden's collection. The flowers begin blooming in late spring and can be seen as part of the Garden's Hydrangea Collection. In July and August additional species of the flower can be seen blossoming in the Southern Seasons Garden.

Atlanta Botanical Garden celebrates its blooms and blossoms with the annual Atlanta Blooms event through the end of March. Entry to all the gardens is included with your Atlanta Botanical Garden admission.

To see what is blooming this spring in your Atlanta neighborhood, view the AJC quick course slideshow here.

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