Nicotiana sylvestris – Annual

Nicotiana sylvestris (Su,M,LC,XA) Night-scented tobacco 24″ tall x 12 – 36″ spread, mounded with bright leaves and white summer blooms from June to October. An annual in Colorado, it’s native to the Andes region in Argentina and Bolivia, in South America. Blooms:  Summer  (Su) Moisture: Medium  (M) Soil Type: Loam and Clay (LC) Range: Non-Native… Continue reading Nicotiana sylvestris – Annual

Hummingbird visits the Monarda

I have a love-hate relationship with hummingbirds. They are brilliant and quick, tiny and bold. They are also territorial, dive-bombing murderers. Yes they have chased birds into windows. So it was with this new that I told my neighbor the cheery demons were all hers. Sho she great plants and feeders. But today I happened… Continue reading Hummingbird visits the Monarda

Monarda fistulosa – Wild Bergamot

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

Adding more structure to the flower bed

Hydrangea 'shugert'

Over time the flower bed in the backyard has progressed from a bed with mostly ground cover, a couple peonies and perennials, to a bed dominated by shrubs, flowering vines, and a few perennials. To lower the maintenance further, I have removed some ailing day-lillies and sage that have seen better days, and replaced with… Continue reading Adding more structure to the flower bed

Wonderful Navona lillies

Very nice Navonas

Purchasing  a few budget bulbs from a big box store were meant to be fillers until I found something else to plant.  But these Navona lillies are quite impressive.  Each hardy stem had as many as 5 flowers each.  The plants withstood an early June hail that left many plants ailing. Each flower was a… Continue reading Wonderful Navona lillies

Adding color with Heuchera

Heuchera 'Caramel'

Heuchera, commonly known as coral bells, can add a burst of color in your Colorado garden where you need a low growing plant in a variety of sun conditions. This year I purchased a beauty called, Heuchera ‘Caramel‘, whose emerging leaves are a pinkish-coral that mature to a wonderful buttery tan.  The leaves are fuzzy… Continue reading Adding color with Heuchera