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Discover the over 40 outdoor gardens at Denver Botanic Gardens either in person or from the comfort of home. Every day brings new blooms, fruit and vistas on the 20+ acres.

The listed plants are ones selected for their flowers, fruit or leaf colors, or texture in late summer. As we move into autumn, enjoy the rich colors in the waterlily ponds and annual display areas. Many late flowering species, such as dahlia and members of the aster family brighten up the gardens as well. Leaves are beginning to turn colors on trees with the shortening of days and cooler night temperatures. Autumn blooming bulbs also start to pop up in Shady Lane and the Rock Alpine Garden in September.

Tour updated October 27, 2022

Berberis aquifolium (Oregon Grape)

tall evergreen shrub with abundant clusters of blue fruit

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Agastache 'Ava' (Hummingbird Mint)

tall pink flower spikes, attractive to hummingbirds

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Agastache Desert Sunrise™ (Hummingbird Mint)

tall coral pink spikes, very attractive to hummingbirds

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Muhlenbergia reverchonii (Seep Muhly)

mass of grasses with billowing pinkish seed heads

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Salvia yangii 'Lisslitt' Lacey Blue (Russian Sage)

Russian sage in a miniature form, lavender flowers

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Opuntia engelmannii (Engelmann's Prickly Pear)

cactus with dark red fruits

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Beehive (Garden Features)

Look up at the wall near the Conservatory to see the beehives. Can you see honeybees flying in and out?

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Caesalpinia gilliesii (Bird of Paradise)

yellow and red flowers on shrub

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Datura wrightii (Hairy Thorn Apple)

native herbaceous plant with large white flowers and green leaves, fruit a spiky ball shape

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Salvia azurea 'Nekan' (Pitcher Sage)

late blooming electric blue flowers on tall plants

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Colchicum 'Lilac Wonder' (Autumn Crocus)

autumn bulb that re-appears each September under the crabapples

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Sedum 'Mr. Goodbud' (Sedum)

late flowering succulent plant with pink flower clusters

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Heptacodium miconioides (Seven Son Flower of Zhejiang)

small tree in the Plant Select program with bountiful small white flowers that will be replaced by bright red calyx in October

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Prunus 'P002S' SUCKER PUNCH® (Chokecherry)

edible fruit forming on this small tree

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Hesperaloe parviflora (Red Yucca)

pink flowers on tall spikes; a favorite plant for hummingbirds

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Berberis fremontii (Fremont's Mahonia)

large shrub with reddish fruit and poky leaves!

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Laura Smith Porter Plains Garden (Garden Features)

The Plains Garden is periodically burned to help cycle plant nutrients, manage weed species, promote seed germination and reduce the build-up of thatch and debris. This mimics the natural fire ecology that would have occurred in grasslands pre- European settlement of the Great Plains. Visit frequently to witness this garden as it springs new growth from the black ash. (Burn scheduled for March 2, 2022)

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Cephalanthus occidentalis (Buttonbush)

large shrub with white rounded flowers changing to reddish fruit

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Staphylea colchica (Colchis Bladdernut)

inflated fruit hide a hard nut inside in this tree

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Diospyros virginiana (American Persimmon)

persimmon fruit are forming in the canopy of this tree

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Berberis aquifolium 'Compacta' (Oregon Grape)

evergreen shrub with blue berries

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Fallugia paradoxa (Apache Plume)

native shrub with white flowers and feathery seed heads for much of the summer, with the seed heads persisting into fall

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Pennisetum alopecuroides var. viridescens (Black Flowered Fountain Grass)

ornamental grass with dark bronze bottle brush shaped flower plumes

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Ornamental Grasses Garden (Garden Features)

The Ornamental Grasses Garden displays many varieties of grasses in combination with flowering perennials. In the late summer and fall, the grasses flower, many with tall or arching panicles.

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Rosa 'Elmshorn' (Rose)

rose with clusters of small bright pink flowers

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Rosa 'Wekmongros' Pumpkin Patch (Rose)

rose with orange flowers that age pink and then turn into large rose hips

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