This Week in the Gardens: September 16th

This Week in the Gardens: September 16th

September 16, 2011 | Ellen Hertzman
this Australian native called Eupomatia, Fall Beauties Some flowers just get going this time of year, or this tiny-flowered goldenrod (Solidago ‘Fireworks’), on view in the Welcome Garden, Perennial Walk, Water Garden Gazebo, and elsewhere. Take a look at the deep blue Anchusa in Shady Lane and...Read more
This Week at the Gardens: September 9th

This Week at the Gardens: September 9th

September 9, 2011 | Ellen Hertzman
You Really Shouldn’t… …grow here, that is. Caesalpinia gilliesii (bird of paradise) and Chilopsis linearis (desert willow) are just two of numerous plants that, by most reckonings, should not be perennial in our climate, but seem to do just fine here in the right microclimate. Fun with Plants...Read more
This Week at the Gardens: August 26th

This Week at the Gardens: August 26th

August 27, 2011 | Ellen Hertzman
A quick, (almost) foolproof guide to water blooms: if the leaves lie flat on the water and the flowers also rest on the water, you are looking at a hardy waterlily. These plants can survive a cold winter under the ice. And while you will find numerous blue tropicals, hardy waterlilies don’t produce...Read more

Chagrin: Manroot envy (Ipomoea leptophylla)

August 21, 2011 | Panayoti Kelaidis
Manroot growing in my neighbor's wild corner There is the offending plant: it is immense. It is huge and utterly spiteful. It just sits there below my house looking at me. It is magnificent, covered with dozens of gigantic flowers. It grows with no care, no worry, no fuss and blooms for weeks this...Read more
This Week at the Gardens: August 19th

This Week at the Gardens: August 19th

August 19, 2011 | Ellen Hertzman
This Obedient Plant (Physostegia virginiana) often appears in white, but in the Birds and Bees Garden, you’ll find it in the palest of purples. Why Obedient? If you bend a stem, in theory it will stay where you put it. Hopley’s Oregano (Origanum laevigatum ‘Hopley’s’) is a flowering decorative...Read more
This Week at the Gardens: August 12th

This Week at the Gardens: August 12th

August 12, 2011 | Ellen Hertzman
Fun With Plants! If you are on the southern side of the Gardens, along the main path at Woodland Mosaic, you will see the delicate, shade-loving Balfour’s impatiens (Impatiens balfourii). Find one of its tiny cigar-shaped seed pods, fat and a little yellowed, and touch it or gently squeeze it...Read more
Cathedral spires: Acanthus in the garden

Cathedral spires: Acanthus in the garden

August 8, 2011 | Panayoti Kelaidis
I took the picture above a few years ago also in the Rock Alpine Garden: but you can find acanthus blooming throughout Denver Botanic Gardens in many gardens right now. The flowers last for months (in fact, cut and dried they make splendid everlastings). This little mite would be a humble roadside...Read more
This week in the Gardens: August 5th

This week in the Gardens: August 5th

August 6, 2011 | Ellen Hertzman
Another red that is borderline hardy here, but worth the effort, is Monardella macrantha. This little firecracker has been blooming since early summer in Yuccarama as well as the Rock Alpine Garden. This Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis) is growing in the Mordecai Children’s Garden and on the...Read more
Neither scruffy nor scrophulous: Scrophularia macrantha

Neither scruffy nor scrophulous: Scrophularia macrantha

August 3, 2011 | Panayoti Kelaidis
The amazing horticulturists of the city of Lakewood have planted this "rare" plant throughout the hell strips of the city, as well as in many of the parks and especially in the extraordinary displays at Kendrick Lake and around the Lakewood Municipal buildings. The picture above was taken on...Read more
This Week at the Gardens: July 29th

This Week at the Gardens: July 29th

July 29, 2011 | Ellen Hertzman
Perhaps the tallest of the six agave currently blooming at DBG, it reigns over three plants in the Rock Alpine Garden and two in Dryland Mesa. This week, its red buds are giving way to yellow blooms, which the bees cannot resist! Where does the tequila come from? Well, unfortunately not from the...Read more

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