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Patsy’s Tiered Garden

Layers of beauty and brick

garden with lots of pink plants

We’re visiting Patsy Lahue’s Colorado garden today.

tiered garden bedThis garden is built in several levels with these beautiful brick retaining walls. I love how this allows all the plants to shine, because those in the back aren’t blocked by those in the front.

garden beds on a slopeLooking along the garden from the side, you can see just how lush and full of bloom it is. White flowers are scattered throughout, helping pull the whole space together.

garden patio next to houseLooking down at the house from the top of the garden, you can see there is a wonderful place to sit, with the chairs set so you can focus on enjoying the lovely plantings.

stone path leading into gardenPaths lead you up and through the garden, allowing for easy maintenance, and you can explore and see all the plants up close.

garden in peak bloomThere are lots of zinnias (Zinnia elegans, annual), which are a great, long-blooming annual that provide a lot of color for a little work. These are shorter varieties, well suited to a border planting like this, unlike the very tall varieties bred for use as cut flowers. A lot of the white comes from the showy bracts of another annual, snow-on-the-mountain (Euphorbia marignata, annual). Both the zinnia and the snow-on-the-mountain are North American native plants.

garden with lots of pink plantsWarm red and pink zinnias echo the pink flowers of a sedum (Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’, Zones 3–9) and the warm tones in the brick itself.

view of the garden from kitchen windowAnd this is the view from the kitchen! When designing a garden, it is great to spend time thinking about how it will look from the windows you look out of the most. This view would almost make me like washing the dishes.


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  1. katherine_8 09/15/2021

    Wow!! That is fabulous, Patsy!! Love the steps and paths and that view - gorgeous!!

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    treasuresmom 09/15/2021

    Just so very lovely!

  3. btucker9675 09/15/2021

    This is a stunning garden set up - love the colors and the stone pathways. Wonderful!

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    simplesue 09/15/2021

    I love the view from the kitchen sink, how nice that would be, and just think of all the hummingbirds you see there!
    You've done an amazing job maximizing your garden space.
    And I think I see Morning Glory vines on the a trellis on the side of the house too!
    Also so nice flagstone paths through the flowers!

  5. stewpot 09/16/2021

    Patsy, what an amazing garden you have. I live in Colorado also but my garden has a very different look, ours is more naturalized. We are always trying new plants - annual and perennials. FYI one we tried this year which we will get again next summer cuz the hummers really love it and it grows low and wide and all summer long - cuphea, have you heard of it? Also this was our first year for zinnias, I almost pulled them out due to an infection of aphids but they endured and so did I and they are spectacular. I like your paths throughout the garden. Thanks for sharing, absolutely gorgeous !!! Suzanne

  6. user-5117752 09/16/2021

    How unique and stunning! Love the paths and love your sitting area that affords such a beautiful view. Needless to say, your choice of plants next to the beautiful brick walls makes it all just perfect!

  7. jagardener 09/18/2021

    Stunning! Excellent use of limited space.

  8. crossvid 09/25/2021

    Paths lead you up and through the garden, allowing for easy maintenance, and you can explore and see all the plants up close.

  9. marpin214 10/14/2021

    Wow very beautiful garden. Thank you for sharing.

  10. Mashabear21 11/12/2021

    This is very beautiful. lehigh valley roofers

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