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Discover the over 40 outdoor gardens at Denver Botanic Gardens. Every day brings new blooms, fruit and vistas on the 20+ acres.

The listed plants are ones selected for their flowers, fruits and color in late winter and early spring. Where the snow has melted, bulbs are starting to emerge and flower, especially the early Iris and Crocus cultivars. Species tulips, daffodils and many shrubs will be soon to follow.

Tour updated March 26, 2020.

Arctostaphylos nevadensis (Hardy Manzanita)

small lantern-shaped flowers on evergreen shrub

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Arctostaphylos patula (Green-Leaf Manzanita)

small lantern-shaped flowers on evergreen shrub, with larger leaves then A. nevadensis

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Arctostaphylos ×

small lantern-shaped flowers on evergreen shrub cascading on raised bed wall

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Arctostaphylos × coloradensis Mock Bearberry (Manzanita)

small lantern-shaped flowers on evergreen shrub

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Arctostaphylos × coloradensis Panchito (Bearberry)

small lantern-shaped flowers on evergreen shrub

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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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Berberis aquifolium 'Compacta' (Oregon Grape)

yellow flowers in clusters, turning to purple fruit in summer

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Cornus mas (Cornelian Cherry)

small golden flowers opening

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Corydalis angustifolia

cream colored flowers

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Crocus tommasinianus 'Ruby Giant' (Crocus)

dark purple crocus, flowers larger than many of the other varieties

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Galanthus elwesii (Giant Snowdrop)

white flowers reappear when snow melts

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Galanthus nivalis (Snowdrop)

white flowers

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Helleborus purpurascens (Purple-Flowered Christmas Rose)

purple colored flowers, mostly facing down

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Helleborus × hybridus 'Rose Quartz' Winter Jewels Series™ (Hybrid Lenten Rose)

double flowering variety with cream-colored flowers edged in pink

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Iris 'Frank Elder' (Iris)

creamy light blue flowers with blue stripes and speckles and yellow stripe on falls

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Iris 'Harmony' (Netted Iris)

dark blue flowering early iris with white and yellow on falls

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Iris 'Harmony' (Netted Iris)

dark blue flowering early iris with white and yellow on falls

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Iris aucheri (Juno Iris)

blue flowering iris

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Muscari aucheri 'Tubergenianum' (Grape Hyacinth)

blue flowers

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Narcissus 'Dutch Master' (Daffodil)

pure yellow daffodil with large flaring and slightly ruffled cup

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Narcissus 'Jetfire' (Daffodil)

yellow early-flowering daffodil, with small slightly oranger colored cup

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Narcissus bulbocodium 'Mary Poppins' (Hoop Petticoat Daffodil)

pale yellow narcissus

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Primula elatior (Oxlip)

yellow flowers

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Prunus armeniaca (Apricot)

white flowers, pink buds

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Pulsatilla halleri (Haller's Pasque Flower)

extremely fuzzy plant with purple flowers soon to open

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Scilla 'Pink Giant' (Glory of the Snow)

light pink flowers

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Scilla luciliae (Glory-of-the-Snow )

ephereral purple flowers

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Scilla mischtschenkoana (White Squill)

low growing ephemeral with several white flowers on short stalks with pale blue striping on exterior petal centers

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Synthyris missurica (Kittentails)

purple flower spikes

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Tulipa 'The First' (Tulip)

bright pink and cream striped flowers

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Tulipa humilis 'Persian Pearl' (Tulip)

bright pink flowers with yellow base

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Viburnum farreri (Fragrant Viburnum)

fragrant light pink flowers on large shrub

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