Our tour in the Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens found in Columbia South Carolina continues in the garden.
A major feature of the winter garden at Riverbanks included some striking potted plants. I think these plants were in the heuchera family but did not check for any labels so I can't be sure. I was too interested in the neat pedestals the pots were resting on. The pedestals were actually PVC pipes painted with a faux finish in an eye catching chartreuse color to match the plants. The idea was simple and easy and really looked nice.
In another part of the partitioned garden lined with boxwood there was a huge stand of amsonia. I think I have never visited a public garden without seeing this wonderful perennial. Located behind the straw colored amsonia are some yellow blooms of mahonia. The mahonia was quite an eye catcher this December day in the garden at Riverbanks.
The color scheme of blue and yellow really showed nicely. Between the blue pots was a long stream that flowed gently downhill. Can you see the streams of water squirting up from the stream? The whole water feature was really the centerpoint of this garden.
Tucked into little niches along the brick walls were triangular gardens filled with all sorts of sedums. Skeeter; who has visited Riverbanks many times; told me the niches were a new feature. They were quite a neat and useful feature to make use of little used space alongside the brick walls.
I have no idea what these little seedpods were but thought I'd take the picture anyhow. The orange is a super nice color here.
This last picture is one of the pavilions in the garden. Inside were little balls planted with what looked to be grass. The balls resembled Christmas ornaments; which was of course perfect for my December visit to Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens....
in the garden....