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Plant Collecting in Colorado

Giving in to the urge to fill a garden with flowers

Kathy Lariviere sent in today’s photos.

When we moved to this Colorado Springs, Colorado, house almost seven years ago, I vowed that I would try to keep my plant addiction under control. I love experimenting with color and texture, though, and every year I’ve found plants that I just have to try. This is my smallish front yard.

Geranium (possibly Geranium ‘Rozanne’, Zones 5–8) with a Denver daisy (Rudbeckia hirta, Zones 5–9 or annual) volunteer, woolly thyme (Thymus lanuginosus, Zones 4–9), ‘Angelina’ sedum (Sedum rupestre ‘Angelina’, Zones 5–8), gaura (Gaura lindheimeri, Zones 5–9), ‘Millennial’ allium (Allium ‘Millenium’, Zones 5–9), daisies (Leucanthemum × superbum, Zones 5–9), and coreopsis sunrise (Coreopsis grandiflora ‘Early Sunrise’, Zones 4–9).

A new smoke bush (Cotinus coggygria, Zones 4–9), an old yew (Taxus sp., Zones 5–9), redtwig dogwood (Cornus sericea, Zones 3–8), globe blue spruce (Picea pungens ‘Globosa’, Zones 2–7), iberis (Iberis sempervirens, Zones 3–8), veronica (Veronica spicata, Zones 3–8), daylilies (Hemerocallis hybrids), gaura, catmint (Nepeta × faassenii, Zones 3–8), daisies, coreopsis, yarrow (Achillea, Zones 3–9), liatris (Liatris spicata, Zones 3–9), and sweet alyssum (Lobularia maritima, annual).

lavender ScabiosaAnother view of the same bed, with a lavender Scabiosa blooming behind the yellow yarrow.

Blue and white balloon flowers (Platycodon grandiflorus, Zones 3–8) in front of the border. Pink and white echinacea (Echinacea purpurea, Zones 3–9) are blooming near the edge of the porch.

One last view of the flower-packed front bed. Happy gardening!


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  1. nwphillygardener 08/11/2020

    Kathy, what a lovely bouquet you have spilled out as a charming welcome mat for your home. We are glad your plant addiction seems to be under control since that garden bed is not suffering from being out of control….it appears just right.

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    treasuresmom 08/11/2020

    2nd day and no email for me. Can Steve or whomever let me know what to do?

    1. nwphillygardener 08/11/2020

      I, too, had to seek today's GOPD by seeking the full website early this morning today and yesterday, but I did receive my email about four hours later than usual.

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    treasuresmom 08/11/2020

    Absolutely fabulous garden!

  4. cynthia2020 08/11/2020

    Kathy - each discrete clump of blooms looks so healthy and full - a joy to see. Thank you for sharing!

    Re: experimenting

    So engaging to watch and assess plant experiments!

    I saw you have some guara - am trying some dark pink for the first time this year.

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    simplesue 08/11/2020

    Really tasteful garden landscaping!
    Front gardens with lots of flowers are challenging to make look tidy and well groomed and you pulled it off perfectly.
    Super pretty!

  6. btucker9675 08/11/2020

    What a lovely front garden you've made - must make everyone in the neighborhood happy!

  7. cheryl_c 08/11/2020

    Such a bright and happy front border you've created. Your repetition of whites and yellows seems to be what pulls it all together into a very coherent and joyful bouquet. Thanks for sharing!

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    user-7007816 08/11/2020

    What a lovely, fun garden you have assembled. Thank you for sharing.

  9. schatzi 08/11/2020

    Gorgeous! Take it from another collector - there is no such thing as too many flowers!

  10. user-5117752 08/16/2020

    Color magic! Love it all! Your combinations are wonderful! Of course we serious gardeners have to have everything we see. There's always something new to try and never enough room, or is there?!

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