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What’s in Bloom?

What’s in bloom in Forsyth County? 

We took photos of what’s in bloom throughout the growing season in 2020.

The plants can be viewed in person at these gardens maintained by N.C. Cooperative Extension, Forsyth County Center, with the assistance of Extension Master Gardener℠ Volunteers:

  • Forsyth County Demonstration Garden, located at the Forsyth County Agriculture Building, 1450 Fairchild Rd, Winston-Salem, NC 27105
  • Arboretum and Gardens at Tanglewood Park, 4200 Manor House Circle, Clemmons, NC 27012

If you want to learn more about one of the plants you see here, check out the NC Extension Gardener Plant Toolbox at

2020 “What’s in Bloom” Highlights


Early flowers put on a show in April. Highlights included spring ephemerals, flowering shrubs, and several types of flowers that grow from bulbs which are typically planted during the fall.

Rhododendron Hotspur Yellow

Rhododendron ‘Hotspur Yellow’, deciduous azalea, blooming in April.

Yellow iris

A yellow iris blooming during April.


Foam flower is a spring ephemeral that bloomed in April.


Late spring flowers flourished in May, bringing lots of color to the gardens.

Oakleaf hydrangea

Hydrangea quercifolia, oakleaf hydrangea, blooms in May. These flowers come from buds that form during the previous season and overwinter on the plant.


Summer arrived in June, with a variety of flowers, including annuals, perennials, and flowers of fruits and vegetables.

Squash flower

Squash plants bloomed in June, with fruit to come later in the season.

St. John's wort flower

Hypericum perforatum, St. John’s wort, bloomed during June in a shady spot.


Zinnias started blooming in June and continued putting on a show all the way until the fall.


The summer heated up in July, bringing lots of color to the garden.

Blazing star

Liatris spicata, blazing star, brought purple flower spikes to our gardens in July.

Black-eyed Susan

Black-eyed Susan is an easy-to-grow perennial that was blooming during July.

Pineapple lily

Pineapple lily is a perennial in our area, but it brings the tropics to our back door.


August brought a beautiful mix of late-summer flowers and the first signs of fall flowers.

Japanese anemone

Japanese anemone began blooming in August. This plant blooms well in a shady spot and brings flowers into the fall.


Plumbago is a groundcover that was blooming through most of the summer.


Lantana is often grown as an annual, but can sometimes survive as a perennial in our area. It bloomed and attracted many insects to the gardens in August.


With September came the real signs of fall. Late-blooming flowers and the first signs of the leaves changing, plus a few cooler days.


Stonecrop brought beautiful pink flowers in September.


Ironweed is a tall plant with deep purple flowers that we enjoyed this fall.

Anemone 'Honorine Jobert'

The ‘Honorine Jobert’ cultivar of anemone bloomed later than others. The white flowers seemed to glow in the gardens during September.


Fall was in full swing during October, with lots of changing leaves and still some flowers for visitors to admire.

Gingko in fall

Gingko leaves brought a spectacular yellow color to the gardens in October.

Pineapple sage.

Pineapple sage blooms later than many of the other salvias in the garden. The red blooms really stood out in October, and even attracted some late-season hummingbirds and other pollinators.

American beautyberry

American beautyberry bloomed in the spring, bringing an abundance of purple berries to our gardens in October.


With the growing season winding down in November, there were still a few flowers and other fall color to enjoy.


Chrysanthemums are a classic fall flower that we enjoyed into November this year.

green and gold chrysanthemum

Green and gold chrysanthemums brought small yellow flowers to the gardens into November.

Sasanqua camellia

Sasanqua camellias put on a show in the late fall.

For more photos:

Click here for the folder of archived “what’s in bloom” photos.