Miro, Personnage Gothique, Oiseau-Éclair (Gothic Personage, Bird-Flash)National Gallery of Art
Sculpture Garden
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Autumn arrives Autumn arrives
The coming of the autumn months brings many changes to the Sculpture Garden. As the plants ready themselves for winter, the fountain transforms into the premier skating rink in the nation's capital.
Autumn clematis and chastetree Autumn clematis (Clematis paniculata) and chastetree (Vitex agnus-castus)
The white flowers of the fall-blooming clematis decorate the fence line along Madison Drive. The chastetree contributes to this fabulous floral show with blue spike flowers and a sweet odor. The chastetree is pruned annually in March to a height of about four feet.
Japanese anemone Japanese anemone (Anemone x hybrida 'Honorine Jobert') and dwarf crapemyrtle
The late-blooming Japanese anemone grows three to four feet tall and has pure white flowers with a yellow eye. The background reveals the red flowers of 'Victor' crapemyrtle. 
Japanese anemone Japanese anemone (Anemone x hybrida 'Honorine Jobert') and Virginia sweetspire (Itea virginica 'Henry's Garnet')
Japanese anemone poke through the encroaching Virginia sweetspire. The sweetspire turns from the light green shown here to a deep red as the season progresses.  
Dwarf conifers Dwarf conifers
This recently installed planting bed features a range of unusual dwarf conifers. Located in the center is a Cedrus lebani 'Wells Prostrate' cedar of Lebanon, flanked on the right by a group planting of 'Prostrate Beauty' deodara cedars (Cedrus deodara 'Prostrate Beauty').  Located to the left of the bed is a 'Kelly's Prostrate' redwood (Sequoia sempervirens 'Kelly's Prostrate').
Abelia Abelia (Abelia grandiflora 'Edward Goucher') and Virginia sweetspire (Itea virginica 'Henry's Garnet')
As the temperatures cool and the days get shorter, the plants respond in different ways. The sweetspire turns a deep reddish purple as its leaves start to drop. The abelia, which has bloomed profusely since the summer, slowly ends its flowering show. 
Ninth Street and Madison Drive entrance Ninth Street and Madison Drive entrance
This planting bed is being prepared for its springtime show. The yellow flowers on the Crème Brûlée coreopsis will soon fade. However, the recently planted 'Patty's Plum' and 'Royal Chocolate Distinction' poppies will bloom in the spring. As the poppies fade in the summer heat, 'Disco Belle' white hibiscus (Hibiscus moscheutos) will enter full flower. Keep your eyes on this planting! 
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