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 […]
2017 has been a year of such deep darkness. With no energy and no light to find my way out, my garden suffered much neglect. And like my internal world, the garden now has more empty shadows. The fencing on the south side has created a line that has stunted most of the plants used […]
I am left with so little time these days its hard to keep up with watering new plants nevermind documenting their introduction! But what would a plant list be if their incomplete Additions: Hakone Grass Lady Fern Sedum Sunsparkler Cornus Canadensis (bunchberry) Arborvitae North Pole Rasberry Anne Fall bearing Rasberry Joan J Fall bearing Rasberry […]
Lilium Asiatic ‘Navona’ These beauties, planted 5 years ago in the raised planter surrounding my patio, are a sight I look forward to every year. They brighten up an area that sees 80% shade in the summer. The soil in the raused bed is well drained and borders on dry most of the summer. I […]
Planning a Colorado shade garden with natives takes time and effort. I include links to available plants.
Every native plant replaced by the clearing for new developments might sustain a collapsing ecosystem.
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 […]
I am happy to say that many of the late purchases of last season have returned this warm Colorado spring. For me the most joyful part of gardening is seeing a misplaced or mistreated plant beat the odds. Thelypteris decursive-pinnata (Japanese Beech Fern) These ferns are planted under a silver maple, in very dry shade. […]
An impressive columbine mix from seed. Who says growing plants from seed can only be veges? Today I’m reaping the reward of growing 6 or 7 columbines from seed last year. The mix, called McKana’s Giant Columbine (Aquilegia caerulea) , are quite gorgeous. I’ve seen three different kinds of varieties so far. As a native […]
I just received my Gurney’s order and I now need to plant the following plants. 3 Helleborus Orientalis ‘White Lady’ After reading additional information about these guys they need constantly moist, highly organic soil. That does not equate to the bed where I was thinking of placing it. Oh the bane of dry shade and […]
I was hoping to purchase some lovely scented oriental or asiatic lilies to flank the back yard patio. Go figure, I found a most lovely white lily only to find that this lily will not produce any scent. The Lily Asiatic ‘Navona’ is not fragrant, and requires 12 – 18″ between bulbs. My planting of […]