Unlock the Secrets of Successful Gardening in Western Colorado

I just finished a very fun and informative presentation on successful gardening in our high desert climate at BeaconFest in Grand Junction.  I had lots of good questions from the audience and thought it would be a good idea to put some of the slides up on my website to share.

Know Where You Live

Know Where You Live

Our high desert climate is a challenge unless you understand it and embrace it.

Consider cultural needs of your plants

Consider cultural needs of your plants

Plants that like lots of sun should be planted together just like those who like it shady or dry.

Xeriscape Principles

Xeriscape Principles

We talked about an integrated approach to xeriscaping and sustainable landscaping practices.

My favorite Trees

My favorite Trees

I am partial to these trees as they are growing in my yard and have performed beautifully over the last ten or so years.    Russian hawthorn, Sargent and Indian Summer crabapples, Green Vase Zelkova, Wichita Blue juniper, Hot Wings maple, Bur oak and Ft. McNair red horsechestnut.

 

My favorite shrubs

My favorite shrubs

There are some classics (code for overused) but still worthwhile shrubs in my list.  My new favorite is the smoke bush.  Looking forward to working with that gorgeous burgundy foliage in my landscape soon.

 

My favorite perennials

My favorite perennials

Any surprise that lavender is in this list?  My hummingbirds will be so happy when the agastache, zauschneria and salvias start to bloom.  I saw the first hummer in my yard just last night.

My favorite grasses and groundcovers

My favorite grasses and groundcovers

I consider grasses and groundcovers the jewelry of the garden.  They add that extra sparkle of movement and texture that every garden needs.  What about that Firespinner ice plant?  Truly amazing colors.

Good Practices

Good Practices

Words to live by.  Take care of your landscape.  It is an investment, just like gold, silver or mutual funds.

If you need advice on how to unlock the secrets of your landscape, give me a call.  I’d love to help.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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