The Weekly Bloom: Week of August 14th

The Weekly Bloom: Week of August 14th

August 13, 2010 | Ellen Hertzman
• Stalks of Color: Do not underestimate the ordinary goldenrod (Solidago var.) for color and texture this time of year. (And it’s ragweed that will make you sneeze, not goldenrod!) Prairie Dock (Silphium terebinthinaceum) grows in the Rock Alpine Garden. It has large leaves at the base, with thin...Learn more
The Weekly Bloom: Week of August 9th

The Weekly Bloom: Week of August 9th

August 9, 2010 | Ellen Hertzman
Honeywort (Cerinthe major) grows in the former Drop Dead Red border (northeast of the Monet water garden), is a reseeding annual, and has a gorgeous, subtle, blue-green-purple color scheme. • Painted Jewels: Two plants caught my eye this week for their standout color. Euphorbia marginata grows just...Learn more
The Weekly Bloom: Week of July 31st

The Weekly Bloom: Week of July 31st

July 31, 2010 | Ellen Hertzman
At the entrance to the Rose Garden, Rosa ‘Distant Drums’ changes colors from peach to pink as it opens. • Hardy Hibiscus: August is the season for hibiscus! Although we typically think of hibiscus as delicate tropical flowers, our summer-blooming hardy hibiscus are both tough and gorgeous.Learn more
More hardy agaves blooming? Ho hum...

More hardy agaves blooming? Ho hum...

July 28, 2010 | Panayoti Kelaidis
Quick...before it's winter!

Quick...before it's winter!

July 25, 2010 | Panayoti Kelaidis
It seems far fetched to think that winter is on the way--especially now that we're sweltering in Denver--but one of the features of the alpine tundra is that summer is never more than three weeks away! Allium pikeanum on Mount Goliath One of the many things that I love so much about our tundra is...Learn more
The Weekly Bloom: Week of July 23rd

The Weekly Bloom: Week of July 23rd

July 23, 2010 | Ellen Hertzman
Check out the kohlrabi (Brassica oleracea) in the All-America Selections Garden. A relative of cabbage, this plant looks like it flew in from outer space. • Fruits: Find the hidden mayapples (Podophyllum peltatum) with their red fruit in PlantAsia. And yes, the profuse apricot blossoms did not...Learn more
Flavors to Savor in the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory

Flavors to Savor in the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory

July 20, 2010 | Nick Daniel
When it is as hot outside (and inside the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory), as it has been, I tend to find myself eating more ice cream. Last night as I was enjoying a mixed bowl of chocolate and vanilla ice cream, it made me think about two of my favorite plants in the Boettcher Tropical...Learn more
Lilies of the field...

Lilies of the field...

July 20, 2010 | Panayoti Kelaidis
The Weekly Bloom: Week of July 16th

The Weekly Bloom: Week of July 16th

July 16, 2010 | Ellen Hertzman
• Heat Lovers: Senior Horticulturist Dan Johnson, who oversees many of our xeric gardens, notes that the Russian sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia) is in full bloom just now, providing waves of lavender flowers and a dry, sagey scent. He also calls out the Mexican cone flower (Ratbidia columnifera)...Learn more
The Weekly Bloom: Week of July 9th

The Weekly Bloom: Week of July 9th

July 9, 2010 | Ellen Hertzman
• Creepers: Ranunculus ‘Buttered Popcorn’ crawls in and out among the plants in the Perennial Walkway, brightening the bed with its variegated leaves and yellow buttercup flowers. And out in the xeric Wildflower Treasures garden, you can see plenty of Ruellia, a wild form of perennial petunia...Learn more

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