Gardening is a trial and error and every state is different. My husband and I are not expert gardeners but we learned through the years about what to plant that thrives in the extreme weather of Colorado.
I hope you will find inspiration browsing through this page.
Vien R. Guenther
Our garden through the years. Take a glimpse and get inspired.
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A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust.
Here in Colorado, we have three seasons to enjoy our garden; spring, summer and fall. When spring bulbs start to come out and bloom, it is a welcome sight. Like a rainbow after a rain. As summer approaches, then it gets wild. An explosion of color starts to pop up everywhere. That's when we enjoy the fruit of our labor. Then summer seems to fly by and the next thing we know autumn is here!
Visitors in our Garden
Early to Mid Spring
Spring has sprung! They say spring is a sign of new birth, a new beginning. Indeed, finding new growth in our garden and hearing and seeing the birds building their nests is like starting anew all the time. Plants that are dormant for months comes alive again. Once crocus bloom, daffodils and hyacinths comes next. Then it goes from there.
- Perennial -
Plants that persist for many growing seasons. Generally the top portion of the plant dies back each winter and regrows the following spring from the same root system.
- Annual -
Plants that grow continuously throughout the summer season until the first frost in the fall. Their entire life cycle only lasts one season -from seed to flower to seed. All roots, stems and leaves of the plant die annually. Any dormant seeds left behind from last season's flower will grow next spring.
All Summer Blooms
Colorful annuals that bloom all summer long
& Swallowtail Butterfly
DID YOU KNOW?
Impatiens are low maintenance and easy to grow. They grow in full shade or sunny area as long as their roots are kept moist.
Zinnia is one of the annual plants that bloom all summer long, until the first frost. They are low maintenance and can handle the heat. Swallowtail & Honeybees love zinnia.
Non-hardy Hibiscus require a lot of water when it's hot and in bloom. Planting it in a pot is easier to take them indoor in winter time - water only when it's dry at this time of year.
Late Spring to Summer
Summertime brings out the best in our garden - it is such an amazing explosion of colors that we sometimes are in awe of it. We plant many varieties of plants with different blooming times so that we always have flowers to attract insects and birds, as well as humans. Although it can be pretty hot at times in the summer, it is our favorite season.
- Perennial -
Day Lilies (Hemerocallis)
DID YOU KNOW?
There are more than 20,000 hybrids created from 20 Day lily species found worldwide.
Thanks to intensive hybridization, you can find Day Lilies today in almost every color, except pure blue and pure white.
There are more than 80,000 Day Lily cultivars
Bloom last only for one day but with many flower buds on each stem, the colorful display lasts for several weeks.