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
Helianthus Annuus Sunflower (Su,D,AE,N) 2 – 8 ft H x 2 – 4 ft W. Annual. Bright yellow ray flowers surround a composite (many flowered) center. Blooming mid summer to fall. Great plant to bring in wildlife. Blooms: Mid Summer to early fall (Su) Moisture: Dry (D) Soil Type: All soil types when local ecotype… Continue reading Helianthus Annuus
With near daily watering the old morning glory seeds are producing nicely. Say hello to Miss O’Hara Ipomoea Nil ‘Scarlett O’Hara / Scarlet O’Hara’ Annual Vine with large heart shape emerald leaves. Deep hot pink flowers with white throats emerge mid-summer. Multiple stems grow vigorously
These annuals find a nice sunny spot to wait out the winter cold. The reddish Coleus plant is a great one for propagating via cuttings. Behind it is a begonia I believe.
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
Pineapple sage is an annual I buy almost every year to smell its wonderfully sweet scent, and enjoy red trumpet like flowers in early fall. This plant’s scent would make you wish for the invention of scratch and sniff internet images. Yet the most surprising garden find this spring has been the return of… Continue reading Pineapple Sage – Salvia Elegans
How do you gather the most sun in the least amount of space? Who does it better than anything else? What else than a flower named for it, a sunflower. Math Engineer, Alexander Mitsos, from MIT used numerical optimization to find the most efficient space design for concentrating solar power plants, like Gemsolar in Spain. In… Continue reading Sunflowers, a Study in Solar Efficiency