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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 mid to late summer. August brings us to the height of summer for many plants in our displays: Waterlilies, annuals and dahlias are at their peak of bloom, ornamental grasses begin blooming, and you may even detect hints of fall color on trees or shrubs as we near month's end. The fruit on many of the trees and shrubs are ripe now as well and you may witness squirrels or mice storing food before winter visits.

Tour updated September 10, 2021.

Rudbeckia triloba (Brown-Eyed Susan)

yellow daisy flowers with dark center

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Solidago rugosa 'Fireworks' (Goldenrod)

Bright yellow flower spikes

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Sedum spectabile 'Indian Chief' (Showy Sedum)

Clusters of bright pink flowers

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

orange tubular flowers

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Agastache Desert Sunrise™ (Hummingbird Mint)

bright coral pink flowers are attractive to hummingbirds

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Hesperaloe 'Perfu' Pink Parade® (Red Yucca)

pink tubular flowers

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Patrinia scabiosifolia (Golden Lace)

bright yellow flowers on tall stems

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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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Chilopsis linearis (Desert Willow)

bright pink flowers with last years fruits remaining

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Caesalpinia gilliesii (Bird of Paradise)

yellow flowers with bright magenta stamens

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Anemone tomentosa 'Robustissima' (Grape Leaf Anemone)

A sure sign that fall is coming, tall flowers stalks display blush pink flowers that dance in the wind.

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Leonotis 'Savannah Sunset' (Lion's Ear)

Orange rounded clusters blooming up the stalk

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Phlox paniculata 'Ditomfav' Candy Store Cotton Candy™ (Summer Phlox)

light pink flowers with a brighter pink "eye"; this is one of many different varieties of phlox you can see in this area

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Colchicum 'Lilac Wonder' (Autumn Crocus)

A fall blooming crocus relative with lilac flowers

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Sedum 'Dark Magic' (Dwarf Stonecrop)

bright pink flowers in rounded clusters; foliage dark reddish brown

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Bill Hosokawa Bonsai Pavilion (Garden Features)

Bonsai are on display througjh mid fall

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Water Gardens (Garden Features)audio

hundreds of tropical and hardy waterlilies at peak bloom throughout the summer

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Seseli gummiferum (Moon Carrot)

multiple white rounded flower heads form large clusters atop silver foliage

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Engelmannia peristenia (Engelmann Daisy)

bright yellow daisylike flowes on a plant with lacy leaves

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Berberis fremontii (Fremont's Mahonia)

large shrub with red fruit ripening - careful! the leaves are quite sharp.

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Laura Smith Porter Plains Garden (Garden Features)

The Plains Garden in late summer and fall is full of color and texture.Stop here to see many native grasses and perennials flowering. Early season snow and rain have created a lush native landscape.

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Paeonia mlokosewitschii (Mlokosewitch's Peony)

fruit is maturing on these peonies - look for the bright red fruit interior which has dark blue-black seeds attached

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Campanula incurva (Bellflower)

large white bell shaped flowers

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Dracunculus vulgaris (Dragon Arum)

Bright orange fruit on a tall stalk

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Muhlenbergia reverchonii 'PUND01S' UNDAUNTED® (Ruby Muhly)

Billowing pink inflorescences on a fine textured grass

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Gentiana septemfida (Crested Gentian)

Bright blue star shaped flowers

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Salvia azurea 'Nekan' (Pitcher Sage)

Bluish purple flowers spikes

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Annuals Garden and Pavilion (Garden Features)

The annuals garden is at it's peak color

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Hibiscus syriacus 'Red Heart' (Rose Mallow)

Stunning large white blooms with a maroon center

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Fountain Beds (Garden Features)

Several dahlias blooming in a cottage garden

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Victoria 'Longwood Hybrid' (Victoria Lily)

large water platters will be flowering soon - look for flowers in evening or early morning

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Rosa 'Wekscemala' Chihuly (Rose)

Birgt orange and yellow fall bloomer. Many roses are reblooming in fall this year without extensive Japanese beetle damage

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Rosa 'KORfloci08' BRILLIANT™ VERANDA® (Rose)

bright coral-red rose flowers

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Chionanthus virginicus (White Fringe Tree)

Medium size shrub with several blue berries

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