In the world of fashion, styles change rapidly. All of a sudden this summer, women started walking down the street with their shoulders peeking out from their sleeves. Where did that come from anyway?
In the gardening world, styles change more slowly. But change they do. During the summer as I was driving down 55th Street, I passed the new high-rise dormitory complex Jeanne Gang designed at the University of
Chicago. The architecture is striking, but what caught my eye as I whizzed past that day was the mixed plantings in front with tall goldenrods dancing in the breeze, along with grasses and hydrangeas. You wouldn’t have seen anything like this 20, or even 10 years ago. There would have been lines of red geraniums and yellow marigolds for summer and more lines of mounded chrysanthemums for fall. Public garden design and landscaping have now become so much more interesting. The aesthetic has changed.
It’s finally starting to feel like a real spring. Migrating songbirds can be seen (and heard rather loudly at dawn) ...
This, as I have been told by the esteemed staff of Chicagoland Gardening magazine, is the Ideas Issue.
Here’s the thing about gardening: it’s never done. So now 2015 is winding down, the year in which I thought my garden would …
Rain gardens are hot news, but are they pretty? Here are some examples that take the concept beyond mere buzz words.
The age of exploration isn’t over. The hunt continues for new and better plants continues.