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Cathy’s Colorado Garden in Spring

A Colorado garden is full of fabulous blooms as it transitions from early to late spring

multi colored tulips in front of a small conifer

Hey GPODers!

Today we’re heading west and getting an update from Cathy Hollis in Colorado. We were first introduced to her garden, inspired by English borders, in 2022 (you can check out that submission here: Cathy’s Colorado Garden). But Cathy’s real garden inspiration is her sister Sally Barker, who has been featured on GPOD many times over the years (you can check out the latest post from Sally’s garden here: More in Sally’s Maryland Garden). We’re thrilled to be a small part of this family’s shared love of plants!

But that is enough yapping from me, enjoy Cathy’s own words on her sensational space:

Hi! I live in the suburbs south of Denver, Colorado. I have been enjoying the transition from early spring to late spring in my garden this year. We have a lot of peony bushes, and a bee hive as well.

small tree with pink flowers in a garden bed with yellow flowersOne of the earliest perennials to bloom in our garden is cushion spurge (Euphorbia polychroma, Zones 4–8) (yellow plant), which can be invasive, but it does supply early nectar for the bees, and adds color to the spring garden. Our Prairifire crabapple tree (Malus x ‘Prarifire’, Zones 4–8) is always a standout.

bright pink tulips in the foreground of a spring gardenDesign Impression tulips (Tulipa ‘Design Impression’, Zones 3–8) are hardy and long lasting. In background is a Chanticleer pear (Pyrus calleryana Chanticleer®, Zones 3–8) and the crabapple tree.

multi colored tulips in front of a small coniferA show of late blooming tulips – Big Smile (yellow), Menton (pink), and Blushing Lady (pale yellow with light pink).

mass planting of Euphorbia Polychroma in a spring gardenIn our backyard, the Euphorbia polychroma really gives the garden an early show. Behind it, the blue flowers of Jack Frost brunnera (Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost‘, Zones 3–8) and Purple Sensation allium (Allium ‘Purple Sensation’, Zones 3–8) add contrast. The pine tree is Sherwood Compact Pine (Pinus mugo ‘Sherwood Compact’, Zones 2–7), a dwarf slow growing evergreen. The birds love to drink and bath in the large rock fountain. You can glimpse the front range of the Rocky Mountains in the background, as well as our beehive.

pink peony in spring gardenThis pink peony is the earliest to bloom in our garden, I wish I knew its name!

light pink peony and other purple flowersA little later in spring, the tulips have gone and the Julia Rose Itoh peony (Paeonia x ‘Julia Rose’, Zones 3–8) and purple bearded iris take over in our front garden.

variegated irises with Pinball Wizard AlliumIn the back garden, other herbaceous peonies and variegated purple iris (Iris pallida ‘Variegata’, Zones 4–9) start to bloom, along with the large flowers of ‘Pinball Wizard’ allium (Allium ‘Pinball Wizard’, Zones 4–8).

yellow Bartzella Itoh peoniesBartzella Itoh peonies (Paeonia x ‘Bartzella’, Zones 4–9) in another part of the garden.

roses and other plants along a front yard pathAround June 1st, our Morden Centennial rose bushes (Rosa ‘Morden Centennial’, Zones 4–9) start to bloom, and continue through the summer. On the right side of the walk, boxwood, ‘Limelight’ spirea (Spiraea japonica ‘Limelight’, Zones 3–9) and Firewitch dianthus (Dianthus gratianopolitanus ‘Firewitch’, Zones 3–9) provide a contrast.

garden bed with lots of purple and yellow flowers under a small treeAt about the same time, the Moonshine yarrow (Achillea x ‘Moonshine’, Zones 3–8), Walker’s Low catmint (Nepeta x faassenii ‘Walker’s Low’, Zones 4–9), and May Night salvia (Salvia x sylvestris ‘May Night’, Zones 4–9) burst into bloom. The Temple of Bloom® Seven-Son tree (Heptacodium miconioides, Zones 5–9) provides 4 seasons of color and is a wonderful accent tree with white bark. The bees love when it blooms in August.

Thank you for sharing your gorgeous garden with us again, Cathy. We’re very honored to have you and your sister as members of the GPOD community!


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  1. [email protected] 06/18/2024

    Just beautiful....

  2. btucker9675 06/18/2024

    Gorgeous garden! Crabapple trees never fail to impress - I had two in my garden in northern NJ and they literally stopped traffic when in full bloom. Your peonies are so lovely - I finally got blooms from mine here in the Charlotte, NC, area this spring and almost wept I was so excited! Took a long time for them to get settled in. Your yarrow is so pretty - that soft yellow shade. Do you deal with Japanese beetles there? This year has been the worst I've ever seen! It would take me a year to pick them off so I had to very judiciously use some insecticidal powder on my roses just to keep them from being eaten to the ground. I hate them... Fortunately the roses aren't near any of the plantings that the pollinators flock to. Thank you for sharing your beautiful place!

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    simplesue 06/19/2024

    Wow, such an elegant garden, it's just wonderful, I especially loved the last photo of your garden!

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