Cotinus coggyria – European Smoke Bush

Purple Smoke bush or Purple smoke tree – This is a variety from Europe that is from the Anacardiaceae (Sumac) family. This large bush / small tree can be pollarded to produce a multi-trunked specimen.

A rich hollyhock hybrid

Who knew you could create your own hollyhock by planting a variety of cultivars. This deep fuscia is the combination of Alcea Rosea ‘nigra’ and ‘peaches and dreams’. I think I could sell the seeds of this beauty don’t you? The Nigra The peaches and dreams The new combo

Front Yard Plant List

Front plants as seen in 2011

The plants I grow in my Colorado garden.  First published: Dec 29, 2011 @ 17:28 Zone: 5 Area: Front Yard Light:  The front yard faces southeast and is shaded by a large silver maple on the Northeast corner.  Along a strip next to the driveway I get 6+ hours of sun, but the majority of the… Continue reading Front Yard Plant List

It’s no Keukenhof but cheery

So my grand plans of planting a Keukenhof Garden of bulbs didn’t quite make it. But the 200 or so bulbs definitely adds color that brightens everything. It all began with cheery purple and yellow crocus. Followed quickly by daffodils. As spring has progressed the bulbs I’ve planted look better and better. The Lively mix… Continue reading It’s no Keukenhof but cheery

Hybrid tea rose with yellowing leaves – UPDATE

Yellowing leaves on rose

Today I posted a question to CSU’s Plant Talk to help with my new rose I planted not long ago in the front yard.  I’ve never used this service before so we’ll see what they say. The rose is a Week’s  Nursery plant that was wonderfully healthy when I purchased it from Creekside Gardens in… Continue reading Hybrid tea rose with yellowing leaves – UPDATE

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

Gathering seeds for a more formal cottage look.

Cosmos in October

Cosmos bipinnatus loves a Colorado summer. This summer my front yard’s main flower bed took on the appearance of an untended cottage garden, mainly due to the cosmos I let take over all along the driveway. Cosmos (cosmos bipinnatus), a native to Mexico and the southern states, are a happy annual that readily reseed here in… Continue reading Gathering seeds for a more formal cottage look.

Hollyhock from seed 2010 gorgeous in 2011

'Nigra' Hollyhock

    Who knew Alcea Rosa would be such a wonderment in my Colorado garden.  Last year I grew hollyhock plants from seed named, Alcea Rosea  ‘Nigra’. The “death hollyhock,” as my husband calls it, is a wonderfully dark maroon that can appear almost black on an overcast day.  While looking up this plant I… Continue reading Hollyhock from seed 2010 gorgeous in 2011