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Neither scruffy nor scrophulous: Scrophularia macrantha

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Neither scruffy nor scrophulous: Scrophularia macrantha

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 Alameda Avenue.  

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This Week at the Gardens: July 29th

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This Week at the Gardens: July 29th

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 species that are hardy here. But if you had a Mexican blue agave, you could turn it into...

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This Week at the Gardens: July 23rd

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This Week at the Gardens: July 23rd

One of my favorite bright yellow, midsummer bloomers is St John’s Wort (Hypericum). Its blue-green leaves complement deep yellow flowers. Find it in PlantAsia as well as along the Perennial Walk. Zinnia grandiflora neither resembles its zinnia cousins, nor is its flower particularly “grand”, but it is a cheery, low-growing, xeric mid-summer bloom. A lovely patch of it can be found in Dryland Mesa, as well as in the Cottonwood Border. Don’t...

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This Week at the Gardens: July 15th

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This Week at the Gardens: July 15th

Echinops sphaerocephalus (globe thistle) waves large round deep blue flowers on prickly foliage. See it on the eastern side of the Perennial Border. Take a peek at Scabiosa caucasica ‘Fama’ (which sounds like something out of Harry Potter, doesn't it?), with its large and complex blue flowers—gorgeous! See it in the Birds and Bees Garden. Its tender cousin, Plumbago indica, is in view for the summer at the entrance to the El...

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This Week at the Gardens: Week of July 8th

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This Week at the Gardens: Week of July 8th

Tall and Pointy Yuccas and agaves are in full bloom just now. Their blooms are large and showy. Wet and Colorful The water gardens boast hundreds of water lilies in bloom, with lotus to follow soon. See them in full sun, since they close in the evening and in cloudy weather.

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This Week at the Gardens: July 1st

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This Week at the Gardens: July 1st

Engage Your Senses If you haven’t had a chance yet, go take a look at our new Sensory Garden, located east of the main building. Many features in this garden allow visitors of all abilities to experience the Gardens. A Clematis by Any Other Name… Whether you say CLEMatis or CleMATis, these beauties are out in force all around the gardens. Visit the Romantic Garden to see them creeping up the trellises, Random Blooms The...

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Denver Foxtail Lily Gardens....

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Denver Foxtail Lily Gardens....

Each year that passes Denver Botanic Gardens seems to boast more and more Eremurus. Visitors are riveted with the display. It feels as though there are foxtail lilies everywhere, around every corner.   I can recall when I obtained E. himalaicus in the 1980s...it was the first foxtail lily we planted and its progeny still thrive throughout the Rock Alpine Garden and beyond. Across the way is a magnificent planting of the largest cultivated Eremurus. ...

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This Week at the Gardens: June 17th

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This Week at the Gardens: June 17th

…smells stinky! They are designed to smell and look like rotting meat, to attract their pollinators, which are flies. I think they are beautiful! See ours on the southeast end of the Perennial Walk, as well as in the Rock Alpine Garden. Penstemon-a-thon There are seemingly endless varieties of Penstemon, and most of them love our climate. You can see them all over the Gardens this week. And the peonies are still at...

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This Week at the Gardens: June 10th

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This Week at the Gardens: June 10th

Stretches of brilliant iceplant (Delosperma) are impossible to miss. Find them in the Water-Smart Garden and the Welcome Garden, and in their own special bed in South African Plaza. One of my favorite flowers is Plant Select’s Penstemon grandiflora, which shows off in pastels in the Cottonwood Border, Plant Select Garden, and throughout the grounds. Roses are just getting started, however you can see lovely ones here and there, such as this shady...

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This Week at the Gardens: May 27th

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This Week at the Gardens: May 27th

For instance, take a peek at the brilliant azalea bushes (Rhododendron ‘Rosy Lights’) currently loaded with blooms in the Oak Grove! Azaleas and their sisters—rhododendrons—do not do well in Colorado. They prefer an acid soil and a more predictable weather pattern. But with a certain amount of nurturing, we can occasionally get them to bloom for us. The Tree Peonies, which prefer cooler weather, are quite splendid at the moment. Find...

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