Denver Foxtail Lily Gardens....

June 21, 2011 Panayoti Kelaidis , Senior Curator & Director of Outreach

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 was the first foxtail lily we planted and its progeny still thrive throughout the Rock Alpine Garden and beyond.

Above you can see the Himalayan foxtail lily has prospered on the east end of the O'Fallon Perennial Walk.  The picture was taken just a week or so ago. This week decorative, bubble-like seedheads are forming--very intriguing in their own right.


Across the way is a magnificent planting of the largest cultivated Eremurus.  Mike Bone and I saw E. robustus in Kazakhstan and obtained a pinch of seed. It will be interesting to see how it compares with what's growing in cultivation.

One of our most stunning gardens right now is the Ornamental Grasses Garden, which Ross Shrigley filled with these incredible giant hybrids, most with pale pink or apricot shades of color. Even on the parking structure there are masses of bronzy hybrids, and the common yellow Eremurus stenophyllus is found here and there throughout the garden. Mike Bone and I brought back another eight taxa, some quite distinct from what is in cultivation. I am especially anxious to see what E. regellii will do, with its striped chocolate and snow white stars. The enthusiasm with which Eremurus grow in Colorado is great evidence of how similar the climate in Central Asia is to Colorado. If you seek some of these out for your own garden, you too can bring some of the majesty of the Eurasian steppes to your home!



Low-res photos?

I’ve visited the Denver botanical garden and found it quite pleasing. I am a little disappointed with the lo-res photos pictured on your website. When you zoom in to get a closer look, it presents a very fuzzy image. Perhaps you could upload a higher resolution version of these photos. Thank you

Low-res images

In reply to by Rodman Sims (not verified)

Since this blog post is from 2011, we were saving images to a much smaller file size, which was the recommendation for saving images at that time. The images on our more current blog posts are larger.

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