The pollution soakers: Colorado natives to test

Cotoneaster franchetii  plant beat all others in a Royal Horticultural Society study to determine how much car pollution a hedge formed plant removed from the air and captured within leaf materials.  Leaf samples were measured for heavy metals: Zn, Cu, Pb, as well as Na.  before and after being exposed to roadside traffic for 9 days without… Continue reading The pollution soakers: Colorado natives to test

Back Yard Plant List

The plants I track in my Colorado garden. Zone: 5 Light: 2020 – 30% sun, 35% part-shade, 35% shade. Looking out my patio I face northwest and the majority of the yard is shaded by numerous trees throughout the day.  A large maple was removed in 2019 at the southwestern edge that has created more… Continue reading Back Yard Plant List

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

Container for a shady spot

A nice spot to sit

If you have an area of your yard that is shady and lacks color, I have a combination for you. There is nothing like a bright lime green to brighten a shady spot. This combination of lime green potato vine, white and green caladium and rusty coleus adds life to an area of my yard that… Continue reading Container for a shady spot

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

Adding color with Heuchera

Heuchera 'Caramel'

Heuchera, commonly known as coral bells, can add a burst of color in your Colorado garden where you need a low growing plant in a variety of sun conditions. This year I purchased a beauty called, Heuchera ‘Caramel‘, whose emerging leaves are a pinkish-coral that mature to a wonderful buttery tan.  The leaves are fuzzy… Continue reading Adding color with Heuchera

Finally planted!

Fall planting in Colorado, a weigela’s story. Okay so I’m a lazy gardener come August. My beds look like a frat house after homecoming, and the last of my summer grand plans sit in pots waiting their permanent homes.  Though the yard needs tending, I daydream that its really not my lack of care come… Continue reading Finally planted!

Unexpected fall color

Spirea 'Gold Flame'

This fall in Colorado has been as long an Indian summer as I can remember.   It is just now that some of my plants are showing their fall foliage.  With the amount of shade I receive in even the sunniest spots of my garden, the plants tend to lag a week or two behind… Continue reading Unexpected fall color