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Discover the over 40 outdoor gardens at Denver Botanic Gardens 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 in mid-summer. The Annuals Garden and Pavilion and Monet Pool are both visitor favorites in July and August. Watch for ducklings swimming around the bright blooming waterlilies. Likewise, the Water-Smart Garden is in full bloom with many drought-tolerant species of Eriogonum, Salvia, Hesperaloe and many others attracting pollinators like hummingbirds and bees. Roses and all sorts of lilies (true lilies (Lilium), waterlilies (Nymphaea) and daylilies (Hemerocallis)) are also beginning to bloom throughout York Street.

Tour updated July 21, 2020.

Achillea filipendulina 'Parker’s Variety' (Fernleaf Yarrow)

bright yellow flower clusters

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Echinops bannaticus 'Taplow Blue' (Globe Thistle)

rounded blue flower heads near back of bed

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Echinops ritro 'Veitch’s Blue' (Globe Thistle)

electric blue rounded flower heads

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Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle' (Tree Hydrangea)

shrub with long-lasting large flower heads with many smaller white flowers

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Silene chalcedonica (Maltese Cross)

bright red flowers in front of Colorado (Chihuly sculpture)

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Crocosmia 'Columbus' (Crocosmia)

bright orange-red flowers in elongated spikes

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Kniphofia 'Lord Roberts' (Torch Lily)

bright orange flower stalk

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Vitex agnus-castus Petty Blue Daytona Heat™ (Chastetree)

blue-purple flower spikes topping palmate leaves

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Berlandiera lyrata (Green-Eyes)

yellow daisy-like flowers with chocolaty fragrance, especially in the morning

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Eriogonum jamesii (James' Wild Buckwheat)

small white flowers

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Salvia greggii 'Teresa' (Autumn Sage)

light pink flowers

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Epilobium canum ssp. garrettii 'PWWG01S' ORANGE CARPET® (California Fuchsia)

bright red-orange tubular flower on low-growing plant; a favorite plant of hummingbirds

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Chilopsis linearis Lucretia Hamilton™ (Desert Willow)

magenta flowers on small tree

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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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Allium galanthum (Snowdrop Onion)

large, white ball-shaped flower clusters

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Salvia greggii 'Red Letter' (Autumn Sage)

bright red tubular flowers

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Delosperma Grenade 'DSAA13-1' Jewel of Desert (Ice Plant)

bright pink flowers with white center

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Monardella macrantha 'Marian Sampson' (Hummingbird Coyote Mint)

bright red tubular flowers

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Rudbeckia 'Denver Daisy' (Black-Eyed Susan)

bright yellow daisy-like flowers with dark markings on ray flowers

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Nymphaea 'Marliacea Carnea'

creamy pink flowers - many waterlilies are starting to bloom in the ponds and pools across the Gardens

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Water Gardens (Garden Features)audio

Water lilies are flowering now alongside cannas and lotus in the pools. Victoria waterlilies typically bloom in late summer.

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Hesperaloe parviflora (Red Yucca)

pinkish red flowers on long stem - a favorite of hummingbirds

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Rudbeckia laciniata 'Golden Glow' (Golden Glow)

bright yellow flowers on tall plant by wall

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Rudbeckia montana (Montane Coneflower)

unique elongated brown flower head with no large drooping petals

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Astrantia major 'Alba' (Masterwort)

white flowers

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Eryngium × zabelii 'Big Blue' (Sea Holly)

blue flowers on tall stems

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Gentiana clausa (Bottle Gentian)

blue-purple flowers with tubular star-shaped exteriors blooming up tall stems

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Silene regia (Royal Catchfly)

vibrant small red flowers on tall stems

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Michauxia campanuloides

tall plant with white flowers blooming up the stem

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Monarda 'Jacob Cline' (Bee Balm)

bright scarlet flowers

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Acanthus spinosus (Spiny Bear's Breeches)

purple flowers top dark green, spiny leaves

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Cotinus coggygria 'Ancot' Golden Spirit (Smoke Tree)

small tree with lime green leaves and plumes of 'smoke' that are the spent flowers/forming fruit

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Annuals Garden and Pavilion (Garden Features)

Brightly colored annuals are blooming throughout this garden and create a dazzling display

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Victorian Secret Garden (Garden Features)audio

Step into the structure to view the creatively planted containers of tropical plants

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