The Lurie Garden in Chicago is part of the Millenium Park. The Lurie Garden is designed by Architect-firm Gustafson Guthrie Nichol and Light and Decor-designer Robert Israël. Piet Oudolf designed the Plantings with assistance of Jacqueline van der Kloet ( 60.000 flowerbulbs ) and Roy Diblik ( Northwind Perennial Farm ). With a surface of 10.000 m2 The Lurie Garden is also the Largest Roof-garden in the World because the garden is build on a big garage.
The landscapes of Piet Oudolf are famous for their year-round attraction. The Lurie Garden is surrounded by sky-crapers and to make the garden recognizable and attractive for the residents Piet Oudolf created/designed a large blue river wich runs through the design . At this time the river pops up from the other plants when the Salvia’s start blooming.
The blue river exsists out of four varieties of Salvia,Salvia x sylvestris ‘Mainach’,’Blauhügel’,.’Rugen’, and Salvia nemorosa ‘Wesuwe’. The grasses are mostly Sporobolus heterolepsis. Fifty procent of the plants are native what made this garden very special and groundbreaking in Landscape Architecture .
Besides the Salvia-river many perennials are at bloom in The Lurie garden this time of the year,for example Achillea ‘Moonshine’ ( Yarrow ),Allium atropurpureum ( Ornamental Onion ) . Here you can have a look at an overview of all the plants blooming right now.