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Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Lori Fairbanks

Today’s photos are from Lori Fairbanks in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, in the Rocky Mountains. Lori says, “I garden at about 6000 feet in Glenwood Springs, Colorado.  Our little town was recently named the “Most Fun Town in America.”  Our property is at the foot of the trail that leads to Doc Holiday’s grave in the Pioneer Cemetery on the mountain above our home, which is a popular tourist hike.

Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Lori Fairbanks

“I am a Master Gardener who longs for the day I can retire from my day job and garden full time. My husband and I maintain flower and vegetable gardens on our property of just over an acre. I started re-vamping my husband’s meager gardens when we married about 13 years ago, and things have evolved steadily since then. My husband is the hard-scaper, and I am the gardener!”

Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Lori Fairbanks

Yet another garden that evokes it’s geographical location. I love it, Lori! I don’t think I’ve ever seen a rose grown so successfully in a container before. Thanks so much for sharing. 

Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Lori Fairbanks
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Lori Fairbanks
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Lori Fairbanks
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Lori Fairbanks

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  1. Cheriesgarden 09/11/2012

    My husband and I will be retiring to CO next year and I was quite worried about all the plants I am bringing with me from northern NY. Lori's picture and story about her gardens have set my mind at ease. Thanks for the beautiful photo.

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    meander_michaele 09/11/2012

    Lori, the blues of your spruces are so vibrant...must be thanks to your Rocky Mountain climate (and your loving care, of course). They make a wonderful contrast for the pink in the coneflowers and clematis.
    I like how you gave that smallish ornamental tree (a variety Japanese maple, perhaps)some extra pop by planting it slightly higher than its neighbors in the rock surround...very effective.
    You and your husband do great work together and the contributions of a live in hardscaper can never be underestimated!

  3. tractor1 09/11/2012

    From the new growth on the spruce it must be early summer. It's a challenge gardening at those higher elevations, especially when water is scarce during summer but I see those hoses. Great job.

  4. hummergirl 09/11/2012

    Love Lori's garden! Love the different levels and the path! But mostly, I love that plant that has the long fushia-colored fronds in the pumpkin picture-I have never seen them before. What are they and are they something that can be grown on the east coast? I would like to plant them in my granddaughter's fairie garden.

  5. cwheat000 09/11/2012

    I love that fushia plant also. It is a great old fashion plant that has been a little bit forgotten. It is Love Lies Bleeding or Amaranthus caudatus.

  6. cwheat000 09/11/2012

    Love lies bleeding is an annual that grows well on the east coast. But what are the small red flowers in the first photo- Penstemon, Salvia? Just saw the time stamp on my last post- September 11th- we will never forget.

  7. sheila_schultz 09/11/2012

    Lori... you and your husband make quite the team. Your gardens are shown in all their glory surrounded by his wonderful stonework. Just perfect!

    And Cherie...don't worry about your plants. Most will do just fine in CO, and just think about all of the new varieties you will be able to play with in your new gardens! Do check out 'Plant Select,' they are plants grown specifically for CO.

  8. hummergirl 09/11/2012

    Thank you cwheat-I will look for that for next year! And I think the red flowers are maybe Dianthus. Hopefully someone else will help you with that.

  9. hummergirl 09/11/2012

    And yes, WE WILL NEVER FORGET!!!!

  10. 7lfair 09/11/2012

    Thanks for your nice comments everyone. And yes, I certainly do appreciate my husband the hardscaper! He not only does all my stone work and retaining walls (very important when your property hangs off the side of a mountain) but he also builds my arbors, trellis, and all of my split rail fences. He also built my garden shed, which I absolutely adore!

    I throw a few Love-lies-bleeding seeds in my pumpkin garden every year, just cause its so unique and old fashioned looking. I grow several other amaranthus varieties from seed, and love them all.

    The small ornamental tree is a Full Moon Japanese maple. I must admit that I don't remember the name of the nice fuschia colored flowers several of you asked about. I just added them a year ago, and they bloomed very nicely this year. I will look them up and post their name later. The garden flanking the stone path is all xeric, and that includes these nameless little flowers.

    I grow roses in pots on my deck every summer. It's nice to have them so close at hand, but the main reason I grow them on the deck is to protect them from the deer that graze in my yard every night ( and often during the day too!)

  11. annek 09/12/2012

    Mmmm, mmmmmm, Mmmmmm...what a gorgeous flagstone walkway and curved fence-line accented by you plantings. Idyllic! I think you captured a "feeling" that is hard to replicate. Very nice!

  12. pattyspencer 09/12/2012

    Beautiful garden!

  13. doxiemamax4 09/17/2012

    So beautiful! I have just moved back to Colorado after moving 21 yrs ago to FL. I'm so happy to be back. I was a Master Gardener in FL and can't wait to get into gardening here. I'm so relieved to see that you can have a beautiful garden in the higher elevations. You certainly know what you are doing as your garden is truly magnificent. Can't wait to get started!

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