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What's in Bloom

Late May

The end of May is a delightful time to be in Carl Schurz Park.  The colors dazzle, the endless array of beautiful blooms is often breathtaking and everything feels fresh and new. 


Here are some highlights of our Park this week.

Along the Esplanade

Amur Honeysuckle

Lonicera maackii

Also along Playground Walk – both sides

False Indigo

Baptisia australis

Siberian Iris

Iris sibirica

Variegated Sweet Iris

Iris pallida ‘Variegata’

Bearded Iris


Amsonia                                                Spiderwort

Amsonia                                               Tradescantia





China Rose

Rosa chinensis ‘mutabilis’

Knock Out© Roses


Pram Stairs North

Snowball Viburnum

Viburnum opulus ‘Snowball’

Playground Walk

Scarlet Firethorn

Pyracantha coccinea

Kousa Dogwood

Cornus kousa

Double File Viburnum

Viburnum plicatum

Flower of Double File Viburnum

Viburnum plicatum

Solomon’s Seal

Polygonatum odoratum

Hockey Court Walkway

White Out © Roses

Rosa ‘White Out’

Black Locust

Robinia pseudoacacia

A sampling of Hawthornes

Common Hawthorne

Crataegus monogyna

Peter Pan Circle

Winter King Hawthorne

Crataegus viridis ‘Winter King’

Hillside Lawn at edge of Esplanade



West Edge of South Woodland Hill

Lastly, a surprise.  Abelias have been in our Park since the mid 1930’s, but the Fragrant Abelia is new to us.  There is one under the London Plane tree in the Peter Pan Circle and another at the east end of Polly Gordon Walk on the north side, almost at the center line of the Hockey Court. The fragrance will startle you.

Fragrant Abelia

Abelia mosanensis

Photos by: Susan Bernstein, Judy Howard, Pat Nadosy, Ralph Soll.

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