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

Oct
26
09:12am
22
Now Forager: A Movie About Mushroom Hunters Love, marriage, and mycology. Read More »
Related Topics: Brown | film | mushrooms | Now Forager | wild edibles
Oct
25
04:39pm
1
Inspiration for your garden is everywhere! Pay attention to hotel, restaurant and spa gardens to benefit from some ideas created by top flight designers. Here's an idea I brought back from Chicago for you to steal! Read More »
Related Topics: Container Gardening
Oct
25
12:39pm
37
Art & Botany: Prince Charles's Book of Plants Florigelia were popular in the seventeeth century. Often illustrated by eminent artists, the lavishly produced books catalogued the plants in a garden, or collected on an expedition. Who can afford to produce such a book today? A prince, of course. His Royal Highness, Prince Charles of Wales, who sponsored The Highgrove Florilegium, a collection of plants in the royal garden, and one of the most expensive books of modern times.  Read More »
Oct
24
12:31pm
0
Links We Love, 10/24/12 An energy-conscious “flower”, Caribbean produce in Brooklyn, mini gardening tools, and more in today’s Links We Love!  Read More »
Related Topics: links we love
Oct
23
08:40am
50
Natural Pools, Photo Gallery Tips and advice on adding plants to a natural pool.  Read More »
Oct
23
07:05am
26
LongHouse Reserve Container Competition An annual contest of creative planting  Read More »
Oct
22
10:43am
32
Magnificent Trees Arboreal portraits that awaken a sense of mystery and communion.  Read More »
Oct
18
08:45am
23
Art & Botany: 'Lightweeds' & Illuminated 'Trees' London-based artist Simon Heijdens explores the ecology of objects, and introduces the narrative of the natural world to the built environment. His garden of 'digital, living organisms,' evolves with a gust of wind or a passerby. Read More »
Oct
17
12:17pm
11
Links We Love, 10/17/2012 A mini-golf course unlike any other, volcanic rivers in Iceland, fall leaves compost, and more in today’s Links We Love!  Read More »
Related Topics: Green | Pink | links we love
Oct
16
09:14am
40
Garden of Curiosities, Photo Gallery How do the armchair travelers among us create Michael Trapp’s Old World mash-up look in our own gardens without devolving into mishmash? Give the space some structure, Trapp suggests. “Keep clean lines and have some formality,” he advises, “and soften with plant material.” While adhering to that underlying layout, feel free to add architectural elements, like old stone edging or columns, or purchase a few antique pieces like a teak garden bench. Don’t be afraid to mix indoor décor, such as ... Read More »
Related Topics: Blue | Green | Orange | antiques | interior design
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