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A plant's growth is dependent on its genetic characteristics, cultural practices, and regional climate. Our descriptions include information about the plant's naturally occuring, mature height (HT) and spread/spacing (SP) so the garden will be full without looking crowded. We have described plants as: Upright; the plant will be taller than it is wide; best to use towards the back or center of an island garden, Mounding; the plant will be about as wide as it is tall, Sprawling; spreading outward from basal stems, or as a Groundcover; ...spreading to infinity and beyond. We also include the plant's regional bloom time for continuous color throughout the changing seasons.
         Look for the icons Butterfly Hummingbird Honeybee that indicate plants that will attract and sustain beneficials.

Full Sun Full Sun: Refers to plants that require a minimum of 4-6 hours of direct light.
Part-Shade  Part-Shade: Refers to plants that require no more than 4 hours of direct light.
Full Shade Full Shade: Little or no direct, bright light. At our elevation of 5800', even shady areas are bright.
Xeric (Zer-ik) Xeric (zer-ik)/Water-wise: Refers to xeriscape plants that thrive with less water.
Deer-resistant Look for the deer-resistant icon if deer move through your landscape.
When considering perennials for gardens that have a mix of trees, shrubs, and perennials, note the  symbols provided so plants with the same requirements can be grouped together.

  Ladybug with eggs Ladybug Larvae Adult Ladybug
Ladybugs (eggs to larvae to adult) thrive in healthy gardens. You can buy them and release them, but it's the plants that naturally induce, sustain, and keep them in the gardens. Several years ago I stopped spraying pesticides in and around the gardens. It struck me as being slightly psychotic to plant a landscape that attracts birds, bees, and beneficials into my landscape and then turn around and use chemicals that harm them.

Garden designs have moved from foundation to curb since they are often viewed from inside the home. Mixed gardens that include shrubs, perennials, and annuals provide a screen from roadways and allows us to enjoy the gardens from inside looking out as well as from a deck or patio and give homeowners a sense of privacy. After all, wouldn't you rather look at a colorful garden than a roadway?
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Aegopodium 'Variegatum' Aegopodium 'Variegatum'  
HT: 18" Sprawling Groundcover Grown For Foliage

Full Shade Part-Shade Deer-resistant 
Have resisted offering this plant because of its aggressive nature, but as customers continue to ask for it, we decided to offer it this season. Certainly not for smaller, tidy gardens, this plant fills large, shady areas with a highly deer-resistant plant that is well-suited to our area. Foliage remains nice through the changing seasons.



Ajuga 'Black Scallop'

Ajuga 'Black Scallop'
HT:6" SP:Groundcover, Blooms Spring-Early Summer

Full Sun Part-Shade Deer-resistant Attracts Butterflies

This tough little groundcover never fails to impress with its durability and thick roots that work their way through the gardens without choking out other plants. Spreading by plantlets, (like strawberries) Ajuga is a charming addition planted at the base of trees and shrubs.


 

Campanula 'Blue Waterfall' Campanula 'Blue Waterfall'TM
HT:8" SP:24" Blooms Spring-Fall 

  Full Sun Part-Shade Attracts Bees Blooms
A cascade of bell-shaped, sky blue flowers appear early and continue through fall so this plant works well as a perennial groundcover or as a trailing plant for container gardens.
Will re-bloom later in the season if deadheaded (by shearing).


 

Cerastium/Snow In Summer Cerastium tomentosum 'Snow In Summer'
6" Silver Persistent Foliage, Groundcover, Blooms Through Summer   

  Full Sun Xeric (Zer-ik) Deer-resistant 
Easy to grow groundcover for hot, sunny areas. By far our most aggressive groundcover and our most popular. Spreads quickly and the foliage remains through winter and into spring detering annual weeds. Shear the plant to about two inches every fall and use scissors to keep the foliage from spreading if needed. Good plant for sloped, full sun areas since it holds the soil in place.  


Clematis Ramona  Clematis 'Niobe'  Clematis 'The President'
Available in large and small flowering varieties so you're sure to find one that suits your landscaping needs. Hardy to this area, the varieties we offer are a reliable vine when given the right growing conditions. Plant in well-drained, amended soil with the foliage in full sun and the roots shaded by groundcovers or mulch. Provide ample water and regular fertilizing. Prune large flowering vines to dieback (green buds) in late spring only to rejuvinate or control growth. Clematis typically take 3-5 years to mature. Without upright support, the plant can be used as a groundcover.



Dianthus Dianthus 'Firewitch'  PPA Winner 2006
6" Silver Foliage, Can be used as a groundcover, Blooms Spring-Fall   

  Full Sun Part-shade Butterfly Attracts Bees  
Plants form tufts of blue-green foliage that spread quickly and stay nice through the changing seasons. Charming flowers are wonderfully fragrant, blooms in mass, attracts butterflies, and plants will continue to bloom through 2-3 cycles if sheared after each bloom cycle.



Geranium Geranium 'Brookside' and 'Rozanne' PPA Winner 2008
HT:18" SP:20" Can be used as a groundcover, Blooms Summer-Fall
 
  Full Sun Part-Shade Butterfly Attracts Bees 
Perennial Geraniums are a must have for full sun perennial gardens. The flowers alone are enough to make this plant worth growing, but the foliage is great too. Plants bloom through the season with shearing between bloom cycles. Easy to grow and adaptable to a wide range of soil types. Both have vigorous, sprawling habits so allow plenty of room for the plants to spread.
               
                            




Lamium 'Orchid Frost'
Lamium 'Orchid Frost' HT:8" Groundcover, Blooms Summer Into Fall 

Full Shade Part-Shade Deer-resistant Attracts Bees   
'Orchid Frost' is one of the best groundcovers available for this area. The bright foliage is a standout in shady areas and the charming blooms are a soothing shade of orchid that attracts pollinators. This delicate looking plant is remarkably tough and will tolerate full sun when planted in amended soils. Also lovely in container gardens that share a shady space with me through the heat of summer. Highly deer-resistant.


 

Saponaria Saponaria
HT:10" Groundcover, Blooms Late Spring-Early Summer

full sun part shade Deer-resistant butterfly
Saponaria is a long-time favorite since it's easy to grow, fragrant, and attracts butterflies into the gardens. The clear pink flowers rise above the foliage which spreads by forming large clumps and the seeds are also viable. Plants will rebloom if sheared. We use a tarp to gather cutback with seeds and move them to other areas. Excellent as a rock garden plant.


 

Sedum 'Dazzleberry' Foliage Sedum Sunsparkler 'Dazzleberry' HT: 6"
Groundcover, Blooms Late Summer-Fall
full sun Xeric (Zer-ik) butterfly Attracts Bees
Sedum's succulent foliage is perfect for our hot, dry summers. Prefers xeric conditions, so avoid overwatering. Adds distinct foliage texture and color to rock gardens, between pavers, at the garden's edge, and in container gardens. Excellent foliage color with blooms late in the season.
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Sempervivum/Hens and Chicks

Sempervivum/Hens and Chicks
Charming succulent offered as a groundcover

Full Sun Xeric (Zer-ik) Deer-resistant

Available this season in 8 varieties from the 'Chick Charms Collection' so you're sure to find one that's just right for the rock garden, xeriscape, or a full sun container garden.



 

Thyme Wooly

Thymus serpyllum 'Mother of Thyme' and 'Wooly Thyme'
Groundcovers; Bloom Late Summer 

full sun Xeric (Zer-ik) Deer-resistant Attracts Bees
'Mother of Thyme' has a mounding habit and grows to about 6" with viable seeds that spread "little ones" throughout the landscape; I think that's why it's called 'Mother of Thyme'. 'Wooly Thyme' is nearly flat and spreads more vigorously as a groundcover. Both are well-known for their fragrant foliage and ability to handle light foot traffic.