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
Prunus virginiana var. demissa– Western Chokecherry Tall Shrub 15′ x 10; Spread, White flowers from late June to early August. native host plant for butterflies spreads via runners grows in sun or shade lovely red purple fall color Propagation A few plants existed when I moved in and I have cut some and allowed other… Continue reading Prunus virginiana
June 6 Black swallowtail
Not every wildlife habitat is large. In fact having a bit of what a little guy needs is nothing more than a few feet of well placed plants, water, and cover. #NofH Converting today’s vege garden to a butterfly’s haven will experiment with 3 kinds of planting. A raised bed in a dry part of… Continue reading In the Garden, Herbs and Monarda in raised beds to entice butterflies to habitate
The other day I was browsing my favorite plant catalog, High Country Gardens and read they have collaborated with Audobon Rockies and Plant Select to participate in the Habitat Hero project aiming to restore bird habitat and promote wildscaping. Lauren Springer Ogden created a pre-planned garden that provides food for birds. While this garden has… Continue reading Can I be a Habitat Hero?
Cosmos bipinnatus loves a Colorado summer. This summer my front yard’s main flower bed took on the appearance of an untended cottage garden, mainly due to the cosmos I let take over all along the driveway. Cosmos (cosmos bipinnatus), a native to Mexico and the southern states, are a happy annual that readily reseed here in… Continue reading Gathering seeds for a more formal cottage look.