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 […]

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Sandy Soil Natives

This is my first foray into sandy / loose soils.  Up until this year, most of my gardening has taken place in mature suburban yards.   Places with some pretty ugly clay when you dig down.  Thank goodness for the class I’m taking.  I have learned about sand as a soil and how to work with […]

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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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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

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 […]

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Gaillardia being tested in Sandy soil.

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 […]

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