Co-workers and friends often joke about my landscape. By now you realize that I adore my lawn, but the landscape plants don't get much attention. My gardening philosophy is that you have to be tough to survive in my landscape. If you need a lot of attention, water or regular pruning, forget it. I've killed A LOT of plants in my tenure in Colorado, but those that have survived have my greatest respect.
And right now, it's tough to be a plant. It's hot, dry and everyone just feels sluggish--including the gardener. But a few are standing up to neglect and thriving. Let's review them:
|False indigo (Baptisia australis)|
|Above and Beyond rose|
|Hopflower oregano (Origanum libanoticum)|
|Smoketree (Cotinus coggygria)|
|Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia) and threadleaf coreopsis (Coreopsis verticillata)|
|A world record prickly lettuce plant?|
Maple the beagle is off to investigate other summer-blooming plants for the garden!