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Our Garden

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

Tulips

Our garden through the years. Take a glimpse and get inspired.

Our Garden Book

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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.  

 

_Gertrude Jekyll

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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!

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Visitors in our Garden

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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.
 

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 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.

DID YOU KNOW? 

  • Perennial plants may remain dormant for long periods of time and then re-grow when environmental condition is more suitable. 

 

  • Salvia species include annual, biennial and perennial plants.

  • Many perennials have specialized features that allow them to survive extreme environmental conditions such as hot or dry and cold temperatures. During their adaptations they often do not flower until after a few years of growth. 

Ground Cover

DID YOU KNOW? 

  • Ground Cover prevents erosion and drought.

 

  • Ground Cover is low maintenance, fast growing and minimize the spread of weeds.

  • Groundcover that keeps its foliage for the entire year is known as evergreen, while groundcover that loses its foliage in the winter months is known as deciduous.

- Annual Plant as Fillers -
Mixing annual plants and perennial plants together provide spring to fall blooms in the garden. Birds and insects will love you for it too.