Actaea rubra – Baneberry (Sp,M,CL,N) Blooms Spring (Sp) Soil moisture is medium to wet (M) Grows in loamy soils (CL) Native – feeds birds and mammals Poisonous to humans A nice plant for the woodland garden it has white flowers in late spring and fruits in red or white. Actaea rubra is an understory herbaceous… Continue reading Actaea rubra – baneberry
Wow this is a big cluster of mushroom. It’s growing on the decaying roots of the silver maple. I have posted it to inaturalist to see if I can get an identification.
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… Continue reading Back Yard Plant List
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… Continue reading Shade Garden Planning 2018
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… Continue reading New plants in 2017
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… Continue reading Dependable lily
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… Continue reading Container for a shady spot
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.… Continue reading 2012 Spring arrivals
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… Continue reading McKana’s Giant Columbine