Thar's GOLD in them thar hills!!!!

Thar's GOLD in them thar hills!!!!

October 5, 2011 | Panayoti Kelaidis
For those who are just too lazy to drive up Squaw Pass or the Peak to Peak highway (or who have "been there, done that"), the York Street Gardens are bursting at the seams with color right now, and gold is very much in evidence. Witness this golden explosion of fireworks in the grand O'Fallon...Read more
This Week at the Gardens: September 30th

This Week at the Gardens: September 30th

September 30, 2011 | Ellen Hertzman
Summer Color The landscape is vibrant with color and busy with bees and butterflies stocking up for the winter months. This globe amaranth (Gomphrena) made the perfect landing pad for a butterfly, and can be found lining the planters between Shady Lane and the Orangery. In the Japanese Garden, the...Read more
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

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