Back Yard Plant List

The plants I track in my Colorado garden. Zone: 5 Light: 2020 – 30% sun, 70% part-shade to deep shade. Looking out my patio I face northwest and the majority of the yard is shaded by numerous trees throughout the day. The most sunny spot is it the North-central strip of the yard where I […]

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Arctostaphylos Uva-ursi

bearberry

Kinnikinnick or Bearberry  arctostaphylos uva-ursi (Sp,DM,D,N) 6″ – 1′ H Native Mountain Groundcover with Late spring flowers in white and Pink in mats created by rhizomes. Full Sun – Part Sun Requires Acidic Soils Light soils, Sand, Loam, Gravel Moisture: Dry Host Plant to  butterflies Attracts hummingbirds Kinnikinnick is a pine forest staple.  In the […]

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Bouteloua Curtipendula

Bouteloua Curtipendula – Sideoats Grama (Su,DM,A,N) 12-36″ Tall x 12″ Spread, light green spiky leaves.  Purple-red spikes form on one side of the stem from late June to early August.   When blooming,  orange stamens and feathery stigmas form from the spikelets. host plant for a number of butterflies and moths; seeds for birds Blooms:  Mid […]

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Habitat Assessment Guide for Pollinators in Yards, Gardens, and Parks

Though not a book with hefty covers, Xerces Societies’ downloadable pamphlet, Habitat Assessment Guide for Pollinators in Yards, Gardens, and Parks is a MUST have reference for the neighbor of habitat.  It gives as much information as any on what to plant to be a part of the new garden phenomenon. The booklet also describes how […]

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Anaphalis margaritacea

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 […]

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Eriogonum Umbellatum

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 […]

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Ratibida columnifera

Ratibida columnifera

Native. This is a good plant for native bees. Also known as Rudbeckia columnaris, flowers can range from yellow to a reddish brown  In my garden I will be testing this as replacement for the non-native cosmos that reliably reseed and put on a beautiful show from late July to October.  The cosmos’ foliage is […]

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