This time of year comes with a burst of bright colors and fragrant air. Cast off the last memories of winter for some lighter hues, and whet your appetite for future travel with these amazing blooms from around the world.
With 20 species at last count, Japan is no stranger to the wisteria plant. The best places to catch them is Kawachi Fujien garden's two wisteria tunnels—one more than 260 feet long and the other an incredible 720 feet long. May is the best time to see these flowering plants cascading down the sides of the tunnels in full radiant bloom.
The rolling landscape of California bursts with color every spring as the state flower, the poppy, sprouts up along highways. The Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve, located in northern Los Angeles County, boasts more than 1,740 acres of land covered with bright orange poppies (the most consistent blooms of the flower in the entire state). These beauties are up from March through May.
Nicknamed Wildflower National Park, this is a preserve of wildflower diversity—showcasing more types of flowering plants (at last count 1,500) than any other North American national park. Although blooming flowers can be seen year-round, each year the park hosts a Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage, a week-long festival of guided walks and hikes.
If you’re planning summer or fall travel, you’re in luck. The indigenous plants along the Wildflower Route in South Africa start blooming in early August and dot the landscape with an array of colors (in the form of 3,500 floral varieties) through the end of September. Just as the spring flowers begin to die back, another round of beautiful autumn blooms starts to sprout.
Although the peak-viewing season for these bluebonnets is late April, the fields do not lose any color as the season progresses. Texas Paintbrush and Indian Blanket, followed by Winecup and Square-Bud Primrose wildflowers, start appearing through the brush as the bluebonnets fade away.
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The valley happens to be one of the biggest producers of rose oil in the world. (The climate is near perfection for the proper cultivation of this delicate flower.) Buds begin to bloom in mid-March and remain in full effect throughout the summer months, thanks to heavy rainfalls in the region that help prolong the flowering period.
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Every August, the village of Sault hosts Lavender Day—a festival celebrating the official flower of Provence. Festivities begin with a harvest competition, followed by a lavender growers’ market.
Sunflowers flow throughout the fields of Tuscany from mid-June to early August for the past 300 years. These giants go by the name girasole, meaning sun-turner in Italian, because they move to face the sun throughout the day, starting by pointing east in the morning and finishing by facing west in the evening.