Aquatic Garden: Waterlilies are finished blooming for the season.
Bulb Garden: Green twigs of Japanese kerria (Kerria japonica), red berries on the cranberry cotoneaster (Cotoneaster apiculatus), fruit on crabapples (Malus 'Adams').
Circle Garden: Donald Wyman crabapple (Malus 'Donald Wyman') - bright red fruit. Tulip bulbs have planted for next season's display.
Dwarf Conifer Garden: This garden offers many subtle and surprising discoveries. There is so much that is vibrant green in an otherwise barren landscape. Look for conifers in many varieties and shapes in shades of green, yellow, blue and purple, such as: Hairy white fir (Abies concolor 'Candicans') – bluest, weeping Nootka false-cypress (Chamaecyparis nootkatensis 'Pendula') –weepiest; Golden Mop Sawara cypress (Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Golden Mop') – yellow foliage, Jeffrey pine (Pinus jeffreyi) – longest needles; Oriental spruce (Picea orientalis 'Aureospicata') – shortest needles; fastigiate Douglasfir (Pseudotsuga menziesii 'Fastigiata') – skinniest.
Enabling Garden: Winter Interest: Three-flowered maple (Acer trifolium) with peeling bark that makes it closely resemble a birch; Whitespire birch (Betula populifolia 'Whitespire'), delicately branched with peeling bark, Northern catalpa (Catalpa speciosa) with the long, cigar-shaped pods that look like strange Christmas ornaments; Boulevard falsecypress (Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Boulevard') – evergreen, lacebark pine (Pinus bungeana) with patchy ornamental bark, weeping Japanese red pine (Pinus densiflora 'Pendula')— evergreen, Green Bun Bosnian pine (Pinus leucodermis 'Green Bun')—evergreen.
English Oak Meadow: Annuals are finished for the season. Look for Iceland poppies in the spring.
English Walled Garden: Come to see plants that offer interesting features even in winter. True Siberian kale (Brassica napus 'True Siberian') - bright green color. Evergreens: Boxwoods, including 'Green Mountain', 'Green Velvet, Chicagoland Green™, 'Wintergreen'), Thorndale ivy (Hedera helix 'Thorndale'), spreading juniper (Juniperus communis 'Repanda'), dwarf Alberta spruce (Picea glauca 'Conica'), Big Deal rhododendron (Rhododendron 'Big Deal'), upright Japanese yew (Taxus cuspidata 'Capitata'), Adams intermediate yew (Taxus x media 'Adams'), Hicks yew (Taxus x media 'Hicksii'), Smokestack intermediate yew (Taxus x media 'Smokestack'), Holmstrup arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis 'Holmstrup'). Colorful fruit: Harvest Red holly (Ilex 'Harvest Red'), Beverly crabapple (Malus 'Beverly), David crabapple (Malus 'David'), Zumi crabapple (Malus sieboldii var. zumi), Tartarian dogwood (Cornus alba 'Argenteo-Marginata'), Kordesii rose (Rosa 'Champlain'), hybrid musk rose (Rosa 'Darlow's Enigma'), Korean mountainash (Sorbus alnifolia). Interesting bark: China Snow® Peking lilac (Syringa pekinensis 'Morton').
The Esplanade: Tulip bulbs are planted for next year's display. The bark of Whitespire birches (Betula populifolia 'Whitespire' and the spent flowerheads of Annabelle hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle') offer winter interest.
Heritage Garden: For the winter display, the pools and physic bed have been filled with Mint Julep and Sargent junipers. Linnaeus Meadow: Redosier dogwood (Cornus sericea – red stems). Pine Bed: Rainbow's End Alberta spruce (Picea glauca 'Rainbow's End'), blue spruce (P. pungens 'Glauca Procumbens'), prostrate Colorado blue spruce (P. pungens 'Glauca Prostrata'), Gnom Mugho pine (Pinus mugo 'Gnom'), windswept white pine (Pinus strobus 'Windswept'), Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris 'Hillside Creeper'), Fletcher Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii 'Fletcheri').
Lagoon Garden: Yellow fruit on Harvest Gold® crabapple (Malus 'Hargozam').
Lakeside Gardens: Winter interest: Beautyberry (Callicarpa dichotoma 'Early Amethyst') – purple berries, Hess cotoneaster (Cotoneaster 'Hessei'), winterberry (Ilex verticillata 'Red Sprite') – deep red berries, fruit on crabapples (Malus 'Prairifire', Malus floribunda, Malus x zumi 'Calocarpa').
Landscape Gardens: The intertwining branches of the weeping beech (Fagus sylvatica 'Pendula') and the fruit on the crabapples provide winter interest as does the red bark on the Scots pine trees (Pinus sylvestris). Around the ponds and stream, the red stems of the swamp rose (Rosa palustris), the Cardinal Redosier dogwood (Cornus sericea 'Cardinal') are noteworthy as are the stems of the dwarf basket willows (Salix purpurea 'Nana').
McGinley Pavilion: Winter interest: Whitespire birch (Betula populifolia 'Whitespire')—white bark, Ruby redosier dogwood (Cornus sericea 'Ruby')—red stems, Walter's Siberian crabapple (Malus baccata 'Walter's')—yellow fruit.
Native Plant Garden: Winter interest: Wild senna (Cassia marilandica) –seedpods, Washington hawthorn, (Crataegus phaenopyrum) – red-orange berries; grasses, many straw-colored such as northern dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis); little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium) – mahogany red; many fuzzy white seeds on other plants.
Rose Garden: Well worth noticing are the striking rosehips adorning some of the roses such as the 'Rosa Mundi' and 'Alba Roses'. The remainder of the roses have shed their beauty, ready to sleep for the winter.
Sensory Garden: In the meadow area crabapples sport festive colored fruits until birds eat them. Most notable are the bright yellow of the Harvest Gold® crabapples (Malus 'Hargozam'), the reds of the Tina crabapple (Malus sargentii 'Tina') andredbud crabapples (Malus x zumi 'Calocarpa'). The angular branches of the contorted mulberry (Morus bombycis 'Unryu') and the many Scots pines (Pinus sylvestris) add drama to the landscape. Look for interesting textured bark on common hackberry (Celtis occidentalis), American persimmon (Diospyros virginiana), bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa) and basswood (Tilia americana). For color notice the unusual red-tinged bark of the small coral-bark Japanese maples (Acer palmatum), the striking white of the grey birches (Betula populifolia 'Whitespire') and the dark shiny lenticel-dotted bark of the Pekin lilacs (Syringa pekinensis).
Waterfall Garden: Winter Interest: Views: From the top of the waterfall look down on surrounding lakes and gardens. Plants: Evergreens at every level, curved stems of Korean abelialeaf (Abeliophyllum distichum), white bark and drooping branches of European white birch (Betula pendula 'Youngii'), red stems of Tatarian and redosier dogwood (Cornus alba 'Siberian Pearls' and C. sericea var. coloradensis), yellow stems of Bud's Yellow redosier dogwood (Cornus sericea 'Bud's Yellow'), green segmented stems of common horsetail (Equisetum hyemale), tall brown bamboo-like stems of Japanese fleece flower (Fallopia japonica 'Crimson Beauty').
Water Gardens: Grasses and sedges are illuminating the shorelines with shades of gold and copper.