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Major Plant Groupings at Winterthur

In 1962 an interviewer asked Henry Francis du Pont (1880-1969) to discuss the defining aesthetic principles of his great naturalistic garden at Winterthur. Du Pont replied, “For me, color is the thing that counts more than any other.” The following is a list of the major plant grouping at Winterthur, showing the flower colors and time of bloom in Delaware (Zone 6B). For more than 65 years H. F. du Pont observed succession of bloom, experimenting with thousands of plants and refining the color combinations that are the essence of the Winterthur Garden. March Bank
Color















Time of Bloom Galanthus spp. (Snowdrops)
White















January-March Adonis amurensis (Amur Adonis)
Yellow















March Eranthis hyemalis (Winter Aconite)
Yellow















March Chionodoxa spp. (Glory-of-the-Snow)
Violet blue















March Scilla spp. (Squills)
Royal blue