I've never given much thought to planting that provide winter interest in the garden, because I'm more a flower kind of guy, but after seeing the way the colors just 'pop' against the steel sky and blues of the skyscrapers around the garden, I plan to copy some of these combination in my own garden.
From a distance the garden may look dead to those looking for masses of blooms, but if you look closely you can still find a bloom here and there. Some Japanese anemones, calamint, coneflowers and giant hyssop were blooming, but I got a kick out of the confused cherry trees, they normally bloom in the spring.
The buildings along Michigan Avenue blend well with the garden at this time of the year. They look like an extension of the 15-foot-high "shoulder" hedge or perhaps giant stalks and seed pods. There isn't a lot blooming in the garden this time of year, but it is still worth a visit if you're in the area. I can't tell you how hard it was for me to resist the urge to snatch a few seeds pods.
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