Chicago Botanic Garden

What's in Bloom

What's in Bloom at the Chicago Botanic Garden

Outlying Gardens — December 1, 2014

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Grasses

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Peeling bark on birches

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Seedheads

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Yellow-twig dogwoods
(Cornus sericea)

Kleinman Family Cove: The blooms are finished from the season. This is a good spot to step out on the deck to view the lake and the yellow grasses and sedges along the shore.

Grunsfeld Growing Garden: Look for new displays in the spring. The living wall at the entrance is like a patch-work quilt with many of the sedum plants still green.

Visitor Center: Evergreens and holiday lights have been added to the entrance area. Fall Color/Interest: Hess cotoneaster (Cotoneaster 'Hessei') -red berries, Kentucky coffeetree (Gymnocladus dioicus) -pods, Sargent crabapple (Malus sargentii) -red berries.

Parking Lots, Lake-Cook Entrance and Gatehouse: Ornamental fruit: Kobold barberry (Berberis thunbergii 'Kobold'), Winter King hawthorn (Crataegus viridis 'Winter King'), Prairifire crabapple (Malus 'Prairifire'), flowering Japanese crabapple (Malus floribunda), Jack crabapple (Malus baccata var. jackii), Sargent crabapple (Malus sargentii), Japanese pagoda tree (Sophora japonica). Bark & twigs: Dwarf blood-twig dogwood (Cornus sanguinea 'Winter Flame'), redosier dogwood (Cornus sericea), EXCLAMATION!™ London Planetree (Platanus x acerifolia 'Morton Circle'), OVATION™ London Planetree (Platanus x acerifolia 'Morton Euclid').

Plant Science Center: Interesting bark: Whitespire birch (Betulapopulifolia 'Whitespire'), redosier dogwood (Cornus sericea 'Cardinal'). Fruits: Black chokeberry (Aronia melonocarpa 'Autumn Magic', 'Morton', 'Professor Ed'), swamp rose (Rosa palustris), White Hedge snowberry (Symphoricarpos x doorenbosii 'White Hedge'). Flower heads: Swamp milkweed (Asclepia incarnata), Incrediball® smooth hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens 'Abetwo'), varieties of grasses. Rooftops: Colorful foliage: Lavender, devil's tongue prickly pear (Opuntia humifusa), salvia, sedum varieties.

Bernice E. Lavin Plant Sun Plant Evaluation Garden: Centered by the sundial sculpture, with a backdrop of Trellis Bridge and Evening Island, Lavin Garden welcomes winter. White bark of birch trees (Betula populifolia 'Whitespire') and red bark of red osier dogwood (Cornus sericea 'Bergesson's Compact') flank the entrance.