Today’s photo is from Sheila Schultz in Denver, Colorado. She says, “What do you do with a tiny front yard in Denver with zero visual interest? I created a rock garden with a winding flagstone path to the front door. The rock pockets lining the path are filled with a variety of succulents and perennials including ‘Angelina’ sedum (Sedum rupestre ‘Angelina’, USDA Hardiness Zones 6-9), sempervivum (Sempervivum arachnoideum subsp. tomentosum, Zones 5-8), and ‘Russell Hybrids’ lupines (Lupinus polyphyllus ‘Russell Hybrids’, Zones 5-8). The orange of the ‘Orange Carpet’ California fuchsia (Zauschneria californica ‘Orange Carpet’, Zones 8-11) and ‘Arizona Sun’ blanket flower (Gaillardia x grandiflora ‘Arizona Sun’, Zones 3-8) add the heat to the cool tones of the sea lavender (Limonium latifolium, Zones 7-9) and the snow-in-summer (Cerastium tomentosum, Zones 3-7). Throw in the texturally different ‘Crimson Pygmy’ Japanese barberry (Berberis thunbergii ‘Crimson Pygmy’, Zones 5-8) and yucca (Yucca filamentosa cv., Zones 4-11) and you have a start to an ever changing garden filled with hummingbird mints and hyssops (Agastache spp. and cvs., Zones 4-11), salvias (Salvia spp. and cvs., Zones 5-11), penstemons (Penstemon spp. and cvs., Zones 3-10), coneflowers (Echinacea spp. and cvs., Zones 3-9), and a host of other varieties of sun- and shade-loving perennials. (The groundcover in between the flagstones is mostly Turkish speedwell (Veronica liwanensis, Zones 4-9).) This garden is amazing in the spring and early summer. This shot was taken mid to late summer. It’s not the easiest garden to tend, but I do love the boulders that continue to give interest when looking out the front door after the garden has been put to bed for the winter.” Thanks, Sheila, for sharing!
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