Plant Select: Towards a viable landscape future

Plant Select: Towards a viable landscape future

January 3, 2013 | Panayoti Kelaidis
Although quite widely distributed in the foothills of the Southern Rockies, I have only stumbled on Scott's clematis a few times, so I suspect it is not exactly abundant. It has been produced abundantly by Plant Select propagators this past year and you should be able to find it in local garden...Read more
Paradoxical rose of Christmas

Paradoxical rose of Christmas

December 19, 2012 | Panayoti Kelaidis
Here is a glorious colony growing just West of our Administration building. I took that picture last February: they do bloom for many months! A good reason to plant some in a shady spot at your house. These are growing in a half dozen gardens at DBG: do take a stroll around over the next month and...Read more
Christmas red year 'round!

Christmas red year 'round!

December 8, 2012 | Panayoti Kelaidis
OK..it's not as red as that--I suppose any one of the dozens of forms of our native Claret Cup cactus (Echinocereus triglochidiatus) would out Christmas this one, but I couldn't resist showing this amazing watermelon red hybrid cactus I stumbled on in Dryland Mesa...not literally--I happened on it...Read more
Mad about Monocots!

Mad about Monocots!

November 30, 2012 | Panayoti Kelaidis
The variability in the genus Kniphofia is truly astonishing. This massive species (Kniphofia Northiae) has been growing in the Rock Alpine Garden for nearly 20 years. It is one of the largest in the genus, and one of the first to bloom as well. I shall never forget finding a vast slope of these on...Read more
It's beginning to look a lot like...Springtime?

It's beginning to look a lot like...Springtime?

November 29, 2012 | John Murgel
You might think that Denver Botanic Gardens is hunkered down for the winter and the only sparkle to be had comes from our nighttime electrical endeavors. But you’d be wrong. Many plants are flowering at this time of year, and while they’ll never match the springtime display of floral abundance...Read more
African dreaming...

African dreaming...

November 23, 2012 | Panayoti Kelaidis
Here is a pretty amazing patch of an ice plant from the highest mountains of the East Cape Drakensberg--which is likely to prove very hardy in mountain gardens as well. David Salman of High Country Gardens gave this to me as a host gift a few years ago: it has astonished me with the immense flowers...Read more
African stars

African stars

November 18, 2012 | Panayoti Kelaidis
The Chldrens' garden is spectacular most any time, but if you have not visited in late April, May, June you will have missed the shimmering carpets of this 2011 Plant Select winner. It's almost blinding in its whiteness for months on end. But up close the wonderful daisies are just as appealing...Read more
Alpha beta gramma....

Alpha beta gramma....

November 13, 2012 | Panayoti Kelaidis
I obtained several plants several years ago and put them in my unwatered xeriscape. Right from the start they grew vigorously, despite the lack of watering. This year they were twice as tall and much more robust than the wild blue gramma growing nearby in my prairie, confirming my dawning awareness...Read more
Pumpkins!

Pumpkins!

October 31, 2012 | John Murgel
You see a lot of pumpkins at this time of year, in food, drinks, and decorations. But if all you know is the orange, round, Jack-o’-Lantern pumpkin, you may be woefully underestimating this group of plants. Pumpkins (Cucurbita pepo, mostly) are part of an exclusively New World genus that includes...Read more
The Art of Furoshiki

The Art of Furoshiki

October 29, 2012 | Featured Instructor
Do you have a myriad of eco-conscious lifestyle tools up your sleeve? The Gardens thinks we may have a new idea for even the most tried-and-true of Denver’s eco-conscious population – Furoshiki! Furoshiki is a near square, reusable “wrapping and carrying cloth” used for centuries in Japan. Unlike...Read more

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