Cantigny Park Summer

Wow, you’ll be delighted by the flower gardens at Cantigny Park in St. Charles, Illinois. I took one look at these flower beds and exclaimed, “I want that at my house!” While that’s mostly a pipe dream as I live in Phoenix, I was able to take home some ideas about color combinations. Look at all the reds, oranges, pinks, and yellows!

I am going to do some research to see if I can add these small yellow sunflowers to my garden. I just love how they look against the green hedge in the back.

I’d also like to add a birdhouse to my garden–whether it’s an all white number or a bright pop of color as in the pedestals above. The ones pictured are by Lazy Hill Farm Designs.

I love orange flowers, and echinacea say summer to me like no other flower does. I love them in the tall grass. The Cantigny Park flower beds also featured them with snapdragons, a new love of mine.

Pink and orange in one flower, oh my! This snapdragon really does it for me. Plus, I’m learning that a pop of yellow in a garden really highlights the other flowers.

The rose garden did not disappoint. Here are a couple yellow roses for you.

What’s not to love about a pink dahlia with black foliage? I love how one petal in the flower below is waving hello.

I love all the reds and oranges in the flower beds. Perhaps a bit more blue salvia for interest would be nice. I just love all the color.

If you are visiting Chicago and would like to make a day trip out to visit the garden at Cantigny Park, they have a nice little cafe, Bertie’s Bistro, where you could eat lunch. Although, if I am in that area, then my most favorite restaurant is Riganato Old World Grille in Geneva. They have the best calamari I’ve ever tasted, but that’s a topic for another blog.

I have a few “keepers” from this day in my portfolio, Midwest Summer Blooms. Check it out and let me know if you have a favorite.