The Lurie Garden’s Iconic Salvia River is in it’s Full ,Stunning Glory.

22-The-Lurie-Garden_-photo-Patrick-PyszkaSMThe 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.

Lurie Garden Chicago,the Salvia River by Piet Oudolf.
Lurie Garden Chicago,the Salvia River by Piet Oudolf.

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.

lurie garden salvia river 2
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 .

lurie salviaBesides 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.

Watch this recent video of the Salvia River on FLORATUBE.COM



  1. It’s beautiful. It’s great to think that in the future the green around us doesn’t have to be lost. We don’t have to live up in the air without flowers and grass like in The Fifth Element. There are some talented people out there who come up with great ideas like this one and that’s really awesome!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s