Chicago’s Lurie Garden in May
Earlier this week Judy was walking to the Millenium Park garage in downtown Chicago but, prompted by the mild weather and clear light, took a detour into the Lurie Garden. The views were sublime – full of blues, purples, and whites – and Judy took some photos with her cell phone. They came out pretty well, I think, so I’m sharing them here.
There were still plenty of late tulips blooming. The white tulips are especially striking. I think these are ‘Maureen’, ‘Ivory Floradale’, and ‘Spring Green’. As always, it’s the urban setting just as much as the plant palette that makes this garden so exciting. That’s the Pritzker Pavilion behind the hedge.
She also saw a mix of the medium and dark purple ‘Don Quichotte’ and ‘Queen of Night’.
The river of salvia has not yet achieved its full flow, as the bloom is just starting. Salvia varieties include ‘Amethyst’, ‘May Night’, ‘Blue Hill’, and ‘Purple Rain’.
Lurie also has masses of blue star (Amsonia), including ‘Blue Ice’ and willow leaf blue star (Amsonia tabernaemontana var. salicifolia).
Another native blooming was prairie smoke (Geum trifolium), with white tulips in the foreground. You can see in this picture also that the winter took a toll on the hedges that border the garden to the north and west. Fortunately the hedges are made of a mix of woody plants, including Japanese yew, arborvitae, and hornbeam. This makes it less vulnerable to winter damage and other problems.
The overall feel of the garden right now is of soft green mounds with patches and dots of color.
What is your favorite urban garden?