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

Sep
28
08:30am
19
Botanic Superlatives: The World's Largest Vertical Garden A living wall in Milan was recently granted the superlative title of world's largest. Designed by architect Francesco Bollani, the vertical garden carpets 13,600 square feet of an Italian mall's facade. Read More »
Sep
27
01:55pm
20
Art & Botany: Sasha Kurmaz's Botanic Photography Photographer Sasha Kurmaz captures the fragility, beauty, and hope of a blossom. Read More »
Sep
26
01:26pm
0
Links We Love, 9/26/12 DIY Beehives, modular furniture, the sweet sounds of nature, and more on today’s Links We Love!  Read More »
Related Topics: Green | links we love
Sep
25
08:57am
25
Landscape Architecture's Rising Star, Thomas Woltz, Photo Gallery Selections of Thomas Woltz's work.  Read More »
Sep
25
08:52am
14
Landscape Architecture's Rising Star, Thomas Woltz Thomas Woltz lets the landscape take center stage.  Read More »
Sep
24
07:40am
32
Modern Reissue Russel Wright's popluar American Modern dinnerware is available once again.  Read More »
Related Topics: Blue | grey | Orange | White | Yellow | pottery
Sep
21
08:10am
146
Botanic Superlatives: Europe's Largest Labyrinth Drielandenpunt Labyrinth, or Three-Country Labyrinth, is Europe's largest open air shrub maze, and its hilltop location in the Netherlands—the highest point in the country—offers a stunning view of Belgium, Germany, and the Netherlands. Designed by landscape architect Adrian Fisher, the labyrinth pays homage to the location's infamous popularity with smugglers.  Read More »
Sep
20
07:24am
30
Art & Botany: East London's Pothole Gardener On the streets in East London, Steve Wheen may be better known as the Pothole Gardener. He creates miniature landscapes in the city's neglected corners that encourage passersby to think about their environments, all of them: the green, the grey, the built, and the natural. His work has inspired miniature gardens throughout the world, and is now compiled in a book.   Read More »
Sep
19
01:29pm
7
Links We Love, 9/19/12 New technology for the Lowline, neighborly donations of gardening supplies and plants, a Maize Maze, and more in today’s Links We Love! Read More »
Related Topics: Green | links we love
Sep
14
06:14am
18
Botanic Notables: Fig Stories One of California's most impressive Ficus trees is in San Diego—like most figs, it is pollinated by symbiotic wasps that help make your harvest so sweet. Read More »
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