We recently toured the Chicago Botanic Garden with Boyce Tankersley, director of plant documentation, to see what’s in bloom and in fall color.
We started outside the Visitor Center, where you will find fall color on Autumn Blaze pear (Pyrus calleryana ‘Autumn Blaze’) and bloom on the mum towers (Chrysanthemum x morifolium ‘Dazzling Stacy’).
We noted fall color on sugar maples (Acer saccharum sp.) in the Elizabeth Hubert Malott Japanese Garden and throughout many other Gardens.
We spent some time in the English Walled Garden, where mums such as Clara Curtis hardy mum (Chrysanthemum ‘Clara Curtis’) and hardy garden mum (Chrysanthemum ‘Hillside Sheffield’) looked wonderful, as well as the late-blooming azure monkshood (Aconitum carmichaelii ‘Arendsii’). The purple fruit on Korean mountain ash (Sorbus alnifolia) was looking very attractive and foliage was about to turn peach and yellow.
Just outside the Krasberg Rose Garden, we found a nice specimen of Kousa dogwood with fall fruit and some gorgeous fall color. Nearby was a great collection of purple beautyberry (Callicarpa dichotoma) with purple berries and foliage about to turn yellow.
Click on the video link above to get the full tour! Use the Garden’s App to find these plants and more in bloom on your next visit.
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