Today we are at the gardens of the New York State Parks at Niagara Falls. The bed above is representative of the more informal of the gardens with its mixed-use planting. They use a combination of annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees.
The Parks Department incorporates many grasses, annuals and perennials.
This garden above, and the next two below, are at Whirlpool State Park. The images were taken only a week ago.
The red feathered cocks comb is used often in beds around the parks. Where Canada uses quite a bit of Canna, here they seem to use this plant for height and color later in the season. Images above and below come from the beds at the Niagara Gorge Discovery Center gardens.
The following images are taken at the gardens of the Niagara Falls Visitor Center. Here you visit the 1.5 acre gardens that depict the Great Lakes region above the falls, including grassy areas in the shapes of Lakes Michigan, Superior, Huron and Erie, as well as a walkway that follows the course of the Niagara River. Honestly, this is a bit of a stretch to see this in the shape of the paving and grassy areas, but it is a feature.
From a design perspective, they do have many Burning Bush planted in these gardens. It is pretty at this time of year, but is on the invasive species lists.
Like Canada, they also plant a large number of annuals en mass.
I found this peculiar, a Viceroy on Holly. The Butterfly Bush was right behind the holly and every time I got close, the Viceroy would take flight, but return back to the Holly. I did this no less than ten times because I did not understand why it would repeatedly land here.
Grasses flanked by petunia are lighted at night.
They edge the beds with granite which I am sure is to aid in maintenance, but I am not fond of this heavy detail.
This is the Visitor’s Center and the image was purposefully shot this way. Here they show an IMAX movie at the Adventure Theater. I never have seen it though. They provide maps and information, have a gift shop and a variety restaurants, including specialty coffees, ice cream, a patio grill and a deli snack bar. Food as you would expect, is quite expensive.