For this to be a true effort in providing habitat to native pollinators and birds we must be able to identify the species involved as well as quantify the results. What is a measure of success? How many life cycles constitute a stable population? Of course the first goal is to see species the first… Continue reading How to quantify results of a backyard shift to natives
These annuals find a nice sunny spot to wait out the winter cold. The reddish Coleus plant is a great one for propagating via cuttings. Behind it is a begonia I believe.
Anaphalis margaritacea – Pearly Everlasting (Su,D,S,N) 24″ tall x 12 – 36″ spread, mounded with bright leaves and white summer blooms from June to October. *Host plant host plant Blooms: Summer (Su) Moisture: Medium to Dry (M-D) Soil Type: Sand (S) Range: Native (N) Started as: Seed Deer resistant Propagations via seed Plant in thin… Continue reading Anaphalis margaritacea
Sulphur Buckwheat Eriogonum umbellatum (Su,D,RS,N) A colorado native Full sun Rocky slopes, shallow sandy soils Moisture: Dry Host Plant to lupine blue butterfly Sulphur-flower buckwheat is a native, low-growing, woody perennial in the buckwheat family (Polygonaceae). The plant typically forms low, broad mats with individual clumps ranging from 4 inches to 2 ft (but… Continue reading Eriogonum Umbellatum
Ratibida Columnifera – Mexican Hat / Prairie Coneflower (Su,D,S,N) 12 – 36″ tall x 12 – 18″ spread, fine, lacy leaves. Yellow to reddish summer blooms from June to September. Brown columnar center of the flower with yellow drooped rays form resemble a sombrero. The R. columnifera forma pulcherrima have brownish purple rays. Another common… Continue reading Ratibida columnifera
Cosmos (cosmos bipinnatus), a native to Mexico and the southern states, are a happy annual that readily reseed here in Colorado. I have been growing these in my front garden for more than 8 years from an original purchase of 10 plants. These are a showy addition that attract painted lady butterflies. But do not have… Continue reading Cosmos Bipinnatus
Planting the Rosy Dream allium Native alternative: Allium cernuum – good for native bees. Grow in moist soils . allium-carolinianum is a native of asia – is a lower growing allium standing at 14 -16″ Its light color will look most striking against a darker background. These bloom from mid-spring until early summer. April –… Continue reading A foreign allium while waiting for natives.
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Iris reticulata Purple-blue flowers. Late winter/early spring Sun/Part Shade Ht: 6-7″ Size: 6/+ Qty: 26 Spacing:3-4″ Pl.depth:3″ Product Grown From Cultivated Stock Ref: 9178 ALLIUM ‘ROSY DREAM’ Violet-pink flower heads Late spring/early summer Full Sun Ht: 14-16″ Size: 6/+ Qty: 26 Spacing:14-16″ PI.depth:4 Product Grown From Cultivated Stock Camassia ‘Blue Melody’ 14-18″ h x 6-18″… Continue reading Bulbs for spring feeding
Originally Posted on 4/15/2019. These can be planted this fall. Sideoats Grama Seed (Bouteloua curtipendula) Item #: 21520 Grass Seed Weight: 1 Oz $4.00 Purple Prairie Clover Seed (Dalea purpurea) Item #: 16860 Seed Weight: 1/4 Oz $6.00 Switchgrass Seed (Panicum virgatum) Item #: 27570 Grass Seed Weight: 1 Oz $4.00 Fall Planting: Purchase… Continue reading Seeds for the new Prairie garden