We were in New York City over the weekend, and while we did not manage to do terribly much sightseeing, we did stop by Central Park's very pretty Conservatory Garden. The English garden was already largely put to bed for the winter but there were still some blue and purple tropical waterlilies blooming in the central pool.
The central water feature in the English Garden
The formality of central Italian Garden with its fountain was stately in the fall sunshine:
View along the axis of the Italian Garden
The highlight, however, was the French Garden, which is at its peak right now, filled with a gorgeous sea of chrysanthemums and some other late-flowering plants.
A view into the French Garden
One of the entrances to the French Garden with splendid lion's ear (Leonotis leonurus)
A flower of aibika (Abelmoschus manihot) among the chrysanthemums
The display was absolutely gorgeous; these pictures barely do it justice! It made me wonder what varieties of chrysanthemum exactly these are and how much planning might go into the distribution of colors. Maybe I can emulate the effect on a smaller scale in the garden here in coming years - I am always happy to add more chrysanthemums to the garden.