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"I have plucked this sprig of Heather"

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"I have plucked this sprig of Heather"

Erica carnea 'Vivelli' in Rock Alpine Garden  I've been disappointed in a few plants this spring: some of the bulbs have passed too quickly, and with our polar cold (-22F at my house) there has been winter damage, albeit far less than I feared. But the winter heaths are simply spectacular. I am distressed that plants that thrive so manifestly, that we have shown off so superbly at Denver Botanic Gardens...

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Magnolia roulette....dodging the frosty bullet

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Magnolia roulette....dodging the frosty bullet

Magnollia stellataThere are two stunning magnolias on the southwest corner of Denver Botanic Gardens' Waring house. They have been coming into bloom for several weeks, and the white star magnolia is in peak bloom as I type this. I have  used these as "Poster Girls" of how NOT to plant magnolias: do NOT put them on the hot south side of your house (except, that is, for the evergreen sorts--these...

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Denver's really secret garden....shhhhh!

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Denver's really secret garden....shhhhh!

The clock fast forwards a decade: Denver Botanic Gardens is no longer involved with the maintenance or planning here. But I believe Centennial has more than achieved its dream. There are incredible hedges of native shrubs that only need to be trimmed once a year since they are kept dry and do not flush repeatedly as privet would do. There are masses of perennials in season, and some novel plantings unlike anything else in...

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