Blue poppies at Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh

More blue poppies? A pilgrimage to the Mecca of rock gardening...

June 29, 2013 | Panayoti Kelaidis
The rock garden at Botanics In Scotland they refer to it as "Botanics"--the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh resonates for anyone who has visited. I spent almost a week in April studying there in 1981, a year after I started working at Denver Botanic Gardens. I remember the exhiliration of that...Learn more
Two Chinese Roscoeas thriving in Scotland

A gem of a Scottish garden

June 27, 2013 | Panayoti Kelaidis
Purple Roscoea humeana and yellow R. cautleioides Berwickshire in the south of Scotland is rather remote from Western China, but a large percentage of Chinese plants in cultivation have found their way to gardens via the great explorers of China. Ron McBeath, whose garden harbors many Chinese...Learn more
"The blue hepatica blooms now...."

"The blue hepatica blooms now...."

May 1, 2013 | Panayoti Kelaidis
Masses of Hepatica nobilis for acres--mostly bright lavender blue Of course, we were looking for the brightest blue one, and bright pink ones as well--the variation in flower color was refreshing. What a wonderful way to spend a spring day? This was all a short hike from the country home of Henrik...Learn more
"Nature's first green is gold"

"Nature's first green is gold"

April 7, 2013 | Panayoti Kelaidis
A cautious Coloradoan would cut branches tomorrow of any forsythias in the garden. The more branches you cut, the less likely the remaining branches you leave behind will freeze (don't ask me why--it's superstition I suspect)... Euphorbia cyparissius This more chartreuse shade of yellow is what I...Learn more
They're off and running!

They're off and running!

April 1, 2013 | Panayoti Kelaidis
closeup of Iris 'Katharine Hodgkin' If you grow but one reticulate iris, may I recommend 'Katharine Hodgkin'? I tell her full story elsewhere more expansively. Because she is a hybrid between two rather distinct species, she possesses what botanists call heterosis, or hybrid vigor. She has formed...Learn more
Bulbs are blooming at Denver Botanic Gardens!

Bulbs are blooming at Denver Botanic Gardens!

March 6, 2013 | Maria Bumgarner
What I enjoy most about early blooming bulbs is the element of surprise. I am not sure why, but each year these early performers seem to bloom intensely and catch me off guard. The flower size seems so large for the small leaves of the plant, and the fact that they naturalize and produce colorful...Learn more
Which Hazel?  Woody Plants for an Early Spring

Which Hazel? Woody Plants for an Early Spring

March 2, 2013 | John Murgel
It’s early March, and though we’ll probably (hopefully) get another snowstorm or two before the growing season proper, the momentum of springtime is undeniable. Early bulbs like crocus, snowdrops, and adonis are flowering, and leaves of their later counterparts are peeking through the soil...Learn 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...Learn more

Frost and Photos: Gardens Good To Go for Family Portrait Day

October 7, 2012 | Matt Cole
[gallery link="file" columns="2" orderby="title"] Gardeners sometimes anticipate the changing of the seasons with glee; new weather means new tasks, a change of pace. But fall and its frosts are a little different. When a gardener is an artist, and the cultivation of plants is his or her...Learn more
The Aster Yellows Blues

The Aster Yellows Blues

September 4, 2012 | John Murgel
August and September bring the heyday of many plants of the aster family (Asteraceae). Asters, chrysanthemums, black- and brown-eyed susans, sunflowers, and others grace the landscape with late summer color. Along with them, though, comes a pernicious illness with a mysterious cause: Aster Yellows...Learn more