Seen close up and in isolation from the rest of the plant, bark invites comparison to abstract art, providing texture and pattern all year.
The blooms of late summer and much of fall provide plenty of enjoyment before the curtain falls for winter.
Q&A with Andrea Cochran and a look at some of the well-edited landscapes she has designed.

The Weekly Notebook

Feb
23
08:39am
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Natural Pools    Read More »
Feb
22
08:35am
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The Barnes Foundation's New Look Esteemed landscape architect Laurie Olin, whose studio creates outdoor spaces throughout the world, has done some of his finest work in his home base of Philadelphia. His latest at-home project is the garden at the “new” Barnes Foundation, an art and horticulture institution that was recently moved from its original property in Merion, PA to its current site in downtown Philadelphia.  Read More »
Feb
21
07:54am
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Manitoga: Force Of Nature, Photo Gallery A photo gallery of Manitoga's 75-acre property; and the work of restoring this woodland masterpiece.  Read More »
Feb
20
07:43am
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Thomas Jefferson's Monticello Thomas Jefferson was a passionate planstman—and epicure. A recent book sheds light on the restoration of Monticello's bountiful garden.  Read More »
Related Topics: Blue | Brown | Green | farming | Monticello | Thomas Jefferson
Feb
18
09:20am
16
Singapore's Gardens by the Bay The Lion City's highly anticipated Gardens by the Bay finally opens, with Bay South and its supertrees leading the way.  Read More »
Feb
17
09:52am
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Lessons from Chanticleer On the grounds of a former estate outside of Philadelphia, a cadre of master gardeners presides over an oasis of earthly delights. We've put together some ideas—paired with photos—from Chanticleer that any home gardener can use to design their own spaces.  Learn how »
Feb
16
09:11am
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The Return of the Untermyer Gardens The city of Yonkers, New York, is unearthing a garden from New York’s golden age—the grand Persian gardens of Samuel Untermyer, overlooking the Hudson River. The story of how an architect and a horticulturist are working on clearing 70 years of brush and hoping to make the Untermyer Gardens one of the greatest public gardens in America.  Read More »
Feb
15
03:13pm
14
Photos of Jardin Etnobotanico de Oaxaca A botanical garden in Oaxaca, Mexico, illustrates the relationship between plants and culture, with a wide mix of plants, textures, and colors. Read More »
Related Topics: succulent gardens
Feb
15
03:12pm
0
Portland's International Rose Test Garden Portland's Rose Society was founded in 1889, and the city's collection of hybrids, floribundas, and grandifloras has been growing ever since. In 1917 the International Rose Test Garden opened as a testing ground for new varieties of roses. Some of its first plantings were rose refugees from Europe during World War I. Today, over 10,000 plants and 550 species slope towards the city's downtown horizon.    Read More »
Feb
06
02:56pm
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Jessica Rath: Take Me To the Apple Breeder Artist Jessica Rath has worked with apple breeders and archivists to create ceramic and photographic works that consider the the beauty, diversity, and existential dilemma of the apple: how do apples propagate, and how do varieties survive? Her exhibit, "take me to the apple breeder," is at the Pasadena Museum of California Art through February 24.  Read More »
Related Topics: ceramic | exhibit | grafting | photography | Trees
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