|Lilacs and Crabapples blooming at the UW-Madison Arboretum|
University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum
- Lilacs - there are hundreds of different lilacs at the Arboretum. This is just a tiny sampling!
- Flowering Crabapples - the Arboretum's crowning glory is its extensive crabapple collection. This is the midwest's answer to flowering cherries.
- Azaleas - the 'Lights' series deciduous azaleas are fabulous in bloom.
- Finnish Rhododendrons - the Arboretum has a gorgeous stand of very large, mature rhododendrons from the super-hardy Helsinki University series. They are quite stunning!
- Dwarf Pines - one of my favorite areas of the Arboretum is the dwarf conifer collection, which is vast. Here are some of the many dwarf pines they have.
- Fall Afternoon - naturally, the Arboretum is a great place to see shrubs and trees with fantastic fall color.
|Rose Garden at Olbrich Botanical Gardens|
Olbrich Botanical Gardens
- Explorer Roses - Olbrich has quite a few of the ultra-hardy Canadian Explorer series roses in their lovely rose garden
- Woodland Wildflowers - Olbrich does a fabulous job with naturalistic woodland plantings in their shade gardens
- Spring Foliage Combos - this set of photos focuses on combinations of plants with good textural and color contrasts.
- Japanese Tree Peonies - a few of the many Japanese and American hybrid tree peonies they have
- Tree Peony 'Toichi Ruby' - my favorite of Olbrich's tree peonies!
- Mid-season Peonies - some of the unique varieties from their herbaceous peony collection. Mid-season (early June) bloomers.
|Irises by a pond with gazebo at the Allen Centennial Garden|
Allen Centennial Garden
My favorite area in the Allen Garden is their splendid rock garden, filled with artfully arranged alpines and dwarf conifers. They also have some other areas including a shady woodland path, an English perennial border, and a formal Italian garden.
|Tree peonies and lupins at the UW-Madison Botanical Garden|
University of Wisconsin-Madison Botanical Garden
This teaching garden has the plants arranged by taxonomy. My favorite spot is the peony area, which has numerous tree peonies and some herbaceous species.