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Late Summer in Patsy’s Garden

A garden made with love over decades

close up of tiered garden bed with brick walls

We’re visiting with Patsy LaHue today.

My husband and I (80 and 84) have been gardening in Grand Junction, Colorado, since 1976, when the hill was nothing but 2,000 elm tree twigs. My husband and I have spent many fun hours moving rocks, planting trees, and digging holes. I tend to move plants around a lot because I am always looking for the perfect combination. We’re in Zone 6, and our average rainfall is 7 inches a year. Needless to say, we have supplemental water for our flowers. I have been featured on the GPOD once before (Patsy’s Tiered Garden), and thought I would send pictures from late summer.

hot pink echinacea in front of a cactus sculptureEchinacea (Zones 5–9) with a cactus sculpture

garden bed with various sedums and ornamental grassThis section of the garden features several types of sedum, including Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ (Zones 3–9), which is my favorite plant. It looks good year-round and does not require much maintenance.

close up of tiered garden bed with brick wallsThere are three different garden levels, with a path between the second and third levels.

bright red rose in front of tiered garden bedA sculpture presides over the brick wall that makes up one of the terraces, with a red rose blooming below.

various red flowers in the gardenRed Crocosmia and Echinacea bloom on the lower level, while white datura (Datura sp., annual) shows off above.

bright pink Phlox next to bright yellow flowersPatsy has had this beautiful phlox (Phlox paniculata, Zones 5–9) for so long that she’s lost the name of the variety. What great color and what beautiful, healthy foliage.

large Stachys foliage in the garden‘Helen von Stein’ lambs’ ears (Stachys byzantina ‘Helen von Stein’, Zones 4–8) boasts extra large leaves.

bright red flowers in the gardenRed cannas (Canna hybrid, Zones 8–10 or as a tender bulb), Sedum, Echinacea, and a red rose bush

white and yellow flowers in the gardenMostly white flowers look great combined with a cheery yellow Rudbeckia triloba (Zones 4–8).


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  1. gardendevas 10/13/2023

    Even more lush and lovely than before! What a beautiful space. Thanks for sharing, Patsy.

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    treasuresmom 10/13/2023

    Oh, my, Patsy! This is just so amazing.

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    simplesue 10/13/2023

    Oh so perfectly done! Your garden is so professional it looks like the outdoor garden at Pittsburgh's Phipps Conservatory!
    Excellent plant arrangements and choices- so beautiful!

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