Clouds of Gold at Lurie Garden
This is Bluestar’s big moment at the Lurie Garden, particularly Arkansas Bluestar (Amsonia hubrichtii). The big billowing plant with needle-like leaves has turned from green to gold. When I took these pictures yesterday, they were scattered around the garden like golden clouds come to earth.
Lurie Garden is famous for the River of Salvia, an enormous swath of blue flowers in late spring and early summer. I wonder if it would be possible to make a River of Gold in late fall utilizing the Amsonia. As it is, the Bluestar is dispersed around the garden. I would argue that it is Lurie’s signature plant for this time of year.
Bluestar takes its name from the tiny star-shaped flowers it sports in spring. It’s the fall color, however, that could be its outstanding feature. Here’s a view that combines the Bluestar with the bright red trees standing behind the green hedges, with the skyscrapers of the Loop in the background.
I can’t resist posting another picture of this view.
Here’s more of a ground level view.
Here’s another closer look at the Bluestar, with (I’m guessing) a compact Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium) in the foreground.
I don’t mean to ignore the grasses, like the Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) above. They are sporting brighter and deeper colors,
Here’s the same Fountain Grass (Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Cassian’) I showed in my last post about the Lurie Garden. The seed heads have thinned a bit, and the plant as a whole has turned golden.
There’s lots of Prairie Dropseed (Sporobulus heterolepis ‘Tara’) at Lurie. It’s a wonderful grass, both for texture and color.
And look at this Little Bluestem! Incredible color! Also, these pictures make it plain how important it was to surround this garden with that dark green hedge. It makes all kinds of things stand out so much better.
Even now in early November, Lurie Garden is still a place that can take your breath away.