Welcome to the home garden of Kathleen Cope in Colorado.
While I garden for others to make a living, my own garden will always hold the most special place in my heart. I started with a bare piece of dirt 22 years ago when the house was built, and I love every day that I can sit on our deck and enjoy the flowers. This time of year, when we are expecting snow tomorrow in Colorado, really makes me long for those summer days.
This picture was taken in late June. The purple salvia (Salvia nemorosa, Zones 4–8) is quite abundant, and I am constantly pulling some out and hoping nearby neighbors will take some. June is an exciting time in the garden for those of us living at 7200 feet.
In this picture, the garden is coming to life with Oriental poppies (Papaver orientale, Zones 3–9), Rocky Mountain penstemon (Penstemon strictus, Zones 4–9), painted daisies (Tanacetum coccineum, Zones 3–9), bearded iris (Iris hybrid, Zones 3–9), catmint (Nepeta sp., Zones 4–8), and purple salvia. This is when I get the most people stopping and staring and even taking pictures of the garden. There is a lot going on because this garden has a mind of its own and does what it wants to do. I am happy to let the perennials reseed and find their own spot in the garden. I think the flowers sometimes have a better idea of where they want to be than I do.
This is a perennial combination I love and use frequently. Purple salvia, dianthus (Dianthus sp., Zones 4–8), and pink thyme (Thymus sp., Zones 4–9) make a pleasing combination of colors, texture, and different heights.
One more shot of this perennial combination because it has ‘Husker’s Red’ penstemon (Penstemon digitalis ‘Husker’s Red’ Zones 3–8) in the background, and I love the purple foliage with the purple salvia and pink dianthus.
This part of the garden tends to looks its best later, when the daisies and coneflower are blooming, but for now purple salvia and tall yellow columbine (Aquilegia sp., Zones 4–8) seem to be happy. (Darn purple salvia, even though it is a great workhorse in the garden.) This part of the garden keeps changing as the aspen tree gets bigger and bigger. I never wanted an aspen tree in the middle of my garden, but the contractor put it in and of course it is the prettiest aspen tree in the neighborhood.
Thanks for letting me share photos of my garden on a gray day in April in Colorado!
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