Dalea Purpurea – Purple Prairie Clover (Su,D,S,N) 24-36″ Tall x 12″ Spread, Purple flowers from late June to early August. deep tap root forage for bees Blooms: Summer (Su) Moisture: Dry (D) Soil Type: Sand (S) Range: Native (N) Started as: Seed 14 – 30 days Propagation via seed Best planted is soils with excellent […]
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 […]
Allium Cernuum (Nodding Onion) Native to Colorado Can be planted in damp clays 1 -2′ tall pink blooms Best planted in mass This full sun bulb of the onion family blooms in late summer, Jul to August. It is good for pollinators and deer resistant. The delicate blooms vary from white to pink. If […]
Ratibida Columnifera – Mexican Hat (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 name for this […]
Liatris Punctata Dotted blazing star Size: 1-2ft (height- when flowering) x 1ft wide Growth rate, habit: upright singular or clusters of stems with seed heads at the top. Foliage: Thin light green leaves around the stem. To form a bushier plant, cut back or mow during growing season. Flowers: 6″ tall pink to lavender […]
I chose a number of different sites around Grandma’s house for spreading gaillardia seed. I need to head back up to see if I see any seedlings. They’re supposed to get taproots that will help establish them for summer. Side yard and gallery Some ideas are they planned garden. 3 rows of sascaton grasses. In […]
Protecting and Providing Nesting for Native Bees and Wasps There are products on the market to provide cheap, renewable bee hotels for our native bees and wasps. Here are a few things to help your bees be at home. Leave open ground (no mulch) with sandy soil for ground Keep a wood pile where borers […]
Permaculture Practice Where to start is to read The Permaculture Design Course Handbook. It leads you through the 11 design principles whose goal is a community of plants and animals acting in coordination for mutual benefit. When thoughtfully placed near each other (relative location) each element provides at least three functions for other elements. Principles […]
Help Audubon plant over 1 million bird-friendly plants, If you have 2 square feet outdoors, you have space for a bird friendly plant. Here are 9 great Colorado natives for anyone’s outdoor space.
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