Chagrin: Manroot envy (Ipomoea leptophylla)

August 21, 2011 | Panayoti Kelaidis
Manroot growing in my neighbor's wild corner There is the offending plant: it is immense. It is huge and utterly spiteful. It just sits there below my house looking at me. It is magnificent, covered with dozens of gigantic flowers. It grows with no care, no worry, no fuss and blooms for weeks this...Learn more
This Week at the Gardens: August 19th

This Week at the Gardens: August 19th

August 19, 2011 | Ellen Hertzman
This Obedient Plant (Physostegia virginiana) often appears in white, but in the Birds and Bees Garden, you’ll find it in the palest of purples. Why Obedient? If you bend a stem, in theory it will stay where you put it. Hopley’s Oregano (Origanum laevigatum ‘Hopley’s’) is a flowering decorative...Learn more
This Week at the Gardens: August 12th

This Week at the Gardens: August 12th

August 12, 2011 | Ellen Hertzman
Fun With Plants! If you are on the southern side of the Gardens, along the main path at Woodland Mosaic, you will see the delicate, shade-loving Balfour’s impatiens (Impatiens balfourii). Find one of its tiny cigar-shaped seed pods, fat and a little yellowed, and touch it or gently squeeze it...Learn more
Cathedral spires: Acanthus in the garden

Cathedral spires: Acanthus in the garden

August 8, 2011 | Panayoti Kelaidis
I took the picture above a few years ago also in the Rock Alpine Garden: but you can find acanthus blooming throughout Denver Botanic Gardens in many gardens right now. The flowers last for months (in fact, cut and dried they make splendid everlastings). This little mite would be a humble roadside...Learn more
This week in the Gardens: August 5th

This week in the Gardens: August 5th

August 6, 2011 | Ellen Hertzman
Another red that is borderline hardy here, but worth the effort, is Monardella macrantha. This little firecracker has been blooming since early summer in Yuccarama as well as the Rock Alpine Garden. This Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis) is growing in the Mordecai Children’s Garden and on the...Learn more
Neither scruffy nor scrophulous: Scrophularia macrantha

Neither scruffy nor scrophulous: Scrophularia macrantha

August 3, 2011 | Panayoti Kelaidis
The amazing horticulturists of the city of Lakewood have planted this "rare" plant throughout the hell strips of the city, as well as in many of the parks and especially in the extraordinary displays at Kendrick Lake and around the Lakewood Municipal buildings. The picture above was taken on...Learn more
This Week at the Gardens: July 29th

This Week at the Gardens: July 29th

July 29, 2011 | Ellen Hertzman
Perhaps the tallest of the six agave currently blooming at DBG, it reigns over three plants in the Rock Alpine Garden and two in Dryland Mesa. This week, its red buds are giving way to yellow blooms, which the bees cannot resist! Where does the tequila come from? Well, unfortunately not from the...Learn more
This Week at the Gardens: July 23rd

This Week at the Gardens: July 23rd

July 22, 2011 | Ellen Hertzman
One of my favorite bright yellow, midsummer bloomers is St John’s Wort (Hypericum). Its blue-green leaves complement deep yellow flowers. Find it in PlantAsia as well as along the Perennial Walk. Zinnia grandiflora neither resembles its zinnia cousins, nor is its flower particularly “grand”, but it...Learn more
This Week at the Gardens: July 15th

This Week at the Gardens: July 15th

July 15, 2011 | Ellen Hertzman
Echinops sphaerocephalus (globe thistle) waves large round deep blue flowers on prickly foliage. See it on the eastern side of the Perennial Border. Take a peek at Scabiosa caucasica ‘Fama’ (which sounds like something out of Harry Potter, doesn't it?), with its large and complex blue flowers—...Learn more
This Week at the Gardens: Week of July 8th

This Week at the Gardens: Week of July 8th

July 8, 2011 | Ellen Hertzman
Tall and Pointy Yuccas and agaves are in full bloom just now. Their blooms are large and showy. Wet and Colorful The water gardens boast hundreds of water lilies in bloom, with lotus to follow soon. See them in full sun, since they close in the evening and in cloudy weather.Learn more

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