Monarda fistulosa – Wild Bergamot

Monarda fistulosa Wild Bergamot, Beebalm (Sf,DM,A,N) 2 – 4 ft H x 2 – 3 ft W. Spider-like lavender blooms in late summer on single flowering stocks. Great plant to bring in wildlife. Blooms:  Late Summer to early fall  (Sf) Moisture: Dry to Medium  (DM) Soil Type: All soil types when local ecotype is available… Continue reading Monarda fistulosa – Wild Bergamot

Helianthus Annus – Sunflower

Helianthus Annuus Sunflower (Su,D,A,N) 2 – 8 ft H x 2 – 4 ft W. Annual. Bright yellow ray flowers surround a composite (many flowered) center. Blooming mid summer to fall. Great plant to bring in wildlife. Blooms:  Mid Summer to early fall  (Su) Moisture: Dry  (D) Soil Type: All soil types when local ecotype… Continue reading Helianthus Annus – Sunflower

Front Yard Plant List

Front plants as seen in 2011

The plants I grow in my Colorado garden.  First published: Dec 29, 2011 @ 17:28 Zone: 5 Area: Front Yard Light:  The front yard faces southeast and is shaded by a large silver maple on the Northeast corner.  Along a strip next to the driveway I get 6+ hours of sun, but the majority of the… Continue reading Front Yard Plant List

The Early Summer Garden

A view from the deck

My back garden is finally maturing into a place with a nice view. Its hard to remember what it looked like originally, and I’ve had quite a time trying to make the garden look cohesive.  I think I’m getting closer.   Peonies, roses and delphiniums add color in late spring, early summer. Mixed here and… Continue reading The Early Summer Garden

Pineapple Sage – Salvia Elegans

Pineapple sage returning in early May.

  Pineapple sage is an annual I buy almost every year to smell its wonderfully sweet scent, and enjoy red trumpet like flowers in early fall.  This plant’s scent would make you wish for the invention of scratch and sniff internet images. Yet the most surprising garden find this spring has been the return of… Continue reading Pineapple Sage – Salvia Elegans

2012 Spring arrivals

I am happy to say that many of the late purchases of  last season have returned this warm Colorado spring.  For me the most joyful part of gardening is seeing a misplaced or mistreated plant beat the odds. Thelypteris decursive-pinnata (Japanese Beech Fern) These ferns are planted under a silver maple, in very dry shade.… Continue reading 2012 Spring arrivals

Hollyhock from seed 2010 gorgeous in 2011

'Nigra' Hollyhock

    Who knew Alcea Rosa would be such a wonderment in my Colorado garden.  Last year I grew hollyhock plants from seed named, Alcea Rosea  ‘Nigra’. The “death hollyhock,” as my husband calls it, is a wonderfully dark maroon that can appear almost black on an overcast day.  While looking up this plant I… Continue reading Hollyhock from seed 2010 gorgeous in 2011