Gardens Full of Blooms!

Janet (right) explains how this part of her yard was once a weedy lawn and is now alive with blooms that attract numerous birds.

Janet (right) explains how this part of her yard was once a weedy lawn and is now alive with blooms that attract numerous birds.

On August 20th, Wild Ones members and visitors enjoyed a tour of three yards in the Columbine neighborhood in Littleton. Janet Hopkins told us how she got her start gardening when she decided it was time to remove some lawn that was struggling on her corner lot. She likes to try new things and had a lovely mix of shade and full sun plants, some native and most xeric. She even adds a few tomatoes and squash among her perennials.

Kerry explains how rainwater from the gutters provide ample water for her rain garden.

Kerry explains how rainwater from the gutters provide ample water for her rain garden.

Kerry Schaper’s cul-de-sac home has a sweeping backyard ringed with pine trees. She also has a vegetable garden alongside a path bordered by groundcovers and perennials. Annuals fill pots dotted throughout her front yard and along her patio in the backyard. When Kerry gets bored, she takes out lawn and puts in a new garden. She has even added a native buffalo grass area with perennials mixed in for a meadow look. Always one to think about water use, Kerry has harnessed her gutter water to feed a “rain garden” where high water plants can thrive.

Jane's garden features many low-water natives for a colorful border. In the background is the native garden she created for the park.

Jane’s garden features many low-water natives for a colorful border. In the background is the native garden she created for the park.

Jane Savage is also water conscious and has replaced all the lawn in her front yard with low-water groundcovers, perennials and shrubs. Her backyard features a small lawn area seeded with a low-water fescue ,and a perennial garden along the fence and patio. Jane’s home boarders a public park so she has been working on growing some native shrubs for screening. Jane, always ready for a gardening challenge, volunteered her expertise to help the neighborhood build a garden in the park last summer. This garden receives no irrigation so Jane chose some hardy natives that are thriving.

Our last yard tour is this Saturday in Boulder. We’ll be visiting Dave Sutherland’s home and also swapping seed. Please join us for our 2nd Annual Seed Swap.

 

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