The Franklin Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Columbus, Ohio was well worth the drive from Marysville (about 30 minutes). It was an overcast day with mild temperatures - perfect for a garden visit. Although the conservatories were awesome (see my previous post), the outdoor gardens were lovely as well. I saw workers everywhere tending to stunning displays. The above photo shows a raised bed near the front entrance which contained a striking agave ("Whale's Tongue"??), ornamental grasses and coneflower.
Ornamental grasses and lantana -
There was a lot of coleus used throughout the gardens. In the front entrance garden, a spectacular ribbon of coleus is used as an edging.
More coleus surrounding a palm in a container -
A dramatic display near the front entrance. I cannot think of the dark burgundy plant - can someone identify it please?
A red ribbon memorial to AIDS victims made of begonias along the driveway entry -
Japanese anemone and rudbeckia in borders below the conservatories -
More goldenrod -
Hot colors dominated the outdoor displays.
The centerpiece in the perennial gardens was a dramatic sculpture.
Another terrace outside the conservatory -
The Bride's Garden - a beautiful spot for a small wedding.