Garden Photo of the Day

More Rocky Mountain Highlights

Last Friday we featured some shots from Fine Gardening Editor Steve Aitken’s trip to Denver for the Perennial Plant Association’s National Symposium. Like anyone with photos from a trip, he has just a few more he wants to show you.

When I think of what a Denver garden should look like, this is what comes to mind.

Very few rules exist in gardening. Here is one you can count on: Nasella tenuissima looks great wherever it is planted.

Grasses, like this Helichtotrichon sempervirens, always bloom better out West than they do in my garden. I like to think it is because of the drier climate, not my inferior gardening skills.

When I see combinations like this, I know how my son feels when he sees a cool new Lego set. I WANT THAT.

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    meander_michaele 11/13/2017

    I totally agree, Steve, on the lust worthiness of the combo in that last picture.. It really does have it all...the ying and yang of leaf and flower shapes, colors, and textures. It's a thoroughly lovely composition and your photo captured it perfectly. And, yes, also, on how Mexican Feather grass seems to enhance any grouping it's a part of. I know it reseeds like crazy and is on the verge of being labelled invasive (maybe it already has that designation) but I put up with the pulling out of the numerous babies to maintain some grownups that thrill me with their delicate luminescent plumes.

  2. garden1953 11/13/2017

    Thank you so much for sharing your photos! It's great to see what gardeners in my part of the country plant and manage to thrive with our sometimes tough conditions.

  3. user-4691082 11/13/2017

    Looking forward to spring already! Your comments resonated with me, as well.

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 11/13/2017

    Thanks for sharing these great ideas, Steve!

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    LindaonWhidbey 11/13/2017

    Great photos of interesting gardens. That last combo is so vibrant. I always love how bonariensis makes the garden look light and airy. Thanks, Steve, for sharing with us.

  6. user-7008735 11/13/2017

    Lovely photos, Steve! Your captions made me smile.

  7. Meelianthus 11/13/2017

    Such colorful photos and I love all of the grasses. What a fun trip for you, thanks for sharing.

  8. alohaland 11/14/2017

    Loving your comments as we browse through some beautiful and creative matchings'!

  9. carolineyoungwilliams 11/14/2017

    Love the color combination of the last picture...Beautiful

  10. user-6536305 12/28/2017

    Great photos Steve! Thanks for sharing and I somehow missed this post until now. It is so nice to look back GPOD when onside is snow covered.

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