When Mark and I stopped at Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Madison last week to visit the Spring show — "Furnished with Flowers" — we also strolled around the outdoor gardens. It was a beautiful day to do so. Perfect weather and that last moment before Spring fully arrives letting us see aspects of the garden that we often miss when it's green and floriferous everywhere you look.
Not exactly a true Foliage Follow-up but I think this fits Pam's philosophy for this meme that there's more to plants than flowers. Photos taken on March 9, 2016.
Climbing Hydrangea on the wall outside the Atrium doors.
The allee of Cornus mas trees leading to the meadow.
Exfoliating bark on a Heptacodium miconioides (Seven Sons) tree. Without the yews they would be much less noticeable and dramatic.
One of Olbrich's low maintenance, sustainable gardens with plants that "die beautifully" which is what Piet Oudolf looks for in a good garden plant.
At this season the triangularity of the grass clumps nicely echo the shapes of the sculpture. In summer the effect is quite different.