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Tree or shrub? Heptacodium excels at both...

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Tree or shrub? Heptacodium excels at both...

Not only are the seedheads in late autumn spectacular, but the flowers are a lovely, pure white: it blooms much of August and September. If you come close you will smell an indescribable, sweet fragrance that is somehow tropical, rather like the exotic shape of the leaves with their long drip tips. The smell is strongest in the evening and at night--almost overpowering at times (but no one complains!). Here is...

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Hummingbird magnets: "Red birds in a tree"

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Hummingbird magnets: "Red birds in a tree"

This monumental specimen is growing on Alameda, in Lakewood's amazing median strips that are filled with choice xeric plants. I nearly had an accident the first time I saw this growing here--such a rare plant, in the middle of a busy street! Lakewood can be proud indeed...

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Adieu, bibliothécaire miraculeuse

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She retired almost twenty years ago (rather abruptly, as was her wont), but many long-term members and employees of Denver Botanic Gardens shall never forget Solange Gignac--the feisty, passionate and accomplished librarian who transformed the Helen Fowler Library. She began with a few shelves of dusty books in a corner of the Waring House and acquired tens of thousands of volumes and vast array of serials that constitute one of...

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Always time to stroll through a garden...

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Always time to stroll through a garden...

Debohun Garden This garden welcomes visitors with a splash of color from high-performing xeric perennials, cold hardy cactus, and shrubs. The garden is styled to attract native birds and natural pollinators. Plant Select plants reign supreme in this garden, often trialing garden plants such as manzanitas, azaleas and other treasures for the local nursery, Timberline Gardens. The back garden has four tons of stone "flooring"...

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