The Weekly Bloom: Week of June 17

The Weekly Bloom: Week of June 17

June 22, 2010 | Ellen Hertzman
but step into the Rose Garden and you know for sure. The roses had a hard winter this year, but they are coming back in force and now is the time to pay them a visit. • Non-Scents: A couple of favorites are blooming now: purple smoke bush (Cotinus coggygria) always stands out with its deep purple...Read more
Lilac Garden's Stunning Display of Colorful Irises

Lilac Garden's Stunning Display of Colorful Irises

June 17, 2010 | Matt Cole
Like several other bloggers here, I have really enjoyed the irises in bloom in the Lilac Garden. They're stunning! While we all rhapsodize about how colorful the blooms are, and how marvelous the experience is, I keep going back and finding another gem in the display. (Of course, that is what we...Read more
Foxtail lily botanic gardens

Foxtail lily botanic gardens

June 16, 2010 | Panayoti Kelaidis
Foxtail lily hybrids in the Ornamental Grasses garden If you've been to Denver Botanic Gardens in the last month you can hardly have missed them: no, not the Henry Moore sculptures (albeit they stand out!), I'm talking about foxtail lilies: Eremurus. These stand out (and stand up!) in a dozen...Read more
Wildflowers Blooming at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield

Wildflowers Blooming at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield

June 14, 2010 | Larry Vickerman
It's mid-June and the numerous wildflowers at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield are just coming into full bloom. The Gaillardia, several different Penstemon, and Spiderwort are in full bloom just east of the big red and white barn. The Paintbrush have been spectacular this year and are still...Read more
The Weekly Bloom: Week of June 12

The Weekly Bloom: Week of June 12

June 11, 2010 | Ellen Hertzman
• Xeric Bounty: Now is a great time to stop by Dryland Mesa. The prickly pears (Opuntia aurea) whose pads were such a lovely red in the winter are now sporting eye-catching magenta flowers. Other cactus and desert plants are in bloom, and what looks to be this season’s sole agave flower is pushing...Read more
The Weekly Bloom: Week of June 5

The Weekly Bloom: Week of June 5

June 4, 2010 | Ellen Hertzman
• Those Tall Spiky Things: This is the season for Eremurus, also known as Foxtail Lily or Desert Candle. Native to the steppe climate of Central Asia and northern India, these bulbs put up spikes in whites, yellows, and coppery oranges. Find Eremurus all over the Gardens. • More Beautiful Beans:...Read more
The Weekly Bloom: Week of May 29

The Weekly Bloom: Week of May 29

May 27, 2010 | Ellen Hertzman
• Peonies and Tree Peonies (Paeonia): June's PlantAsia is the place to look for both types, as peonies are native to Asia. Tree peonies retain their woody growth throughout the winter. Their leaves tend to be more blue-green than herbaceous peonies, and their flowers are often larger. You’ll find...Read more
The Weekly Bloom: Week of May 21

The Weekly Bloom: Week of May 21

May 21, 2010 | Ellen Hertzman
• Black: Dark purple-black foliage gives a garden a cool, sophisticated look. Take a look at the black Queen Anne’s Lace (Anthriscus sylvestris ‘Ravenswing’) with its tiny white flowers. Or you might prefer the maroon Barberry (Berberis var.), at the moment absolutely covered in small yellow...Read more
The Weekly Bloom: Week of May 15

The Weekly Bloom: Week of May 15

May 14, 2010 | Ellen Hertzman
• Colors: Everywhere I look, I’ve been seeing fabulous color combinations, some produced by nature and others facilitated by our horticulture staff. After a grey and brown winter, the colors of the tulips and other standouts will knock your socks off. • Dryland Mesa: The ultra-xeric plants of...Read more

The Weekly Bloom: Week of May 8

May 7, 2010 | Ellen Hertzman
Yes, by all means, come to the Plant Sale today and tomorrow, for a huge and amazing selection of irresistable goodies to pop into your garden. But if you want a treat of a completely different stripe, head out to Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield. The stream is flowing, and overflowing, and the...Read more

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