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We're all looking for plants that are easy to grow so we can spend more time enjoying them and less time maintaining them.

This site is intended to provide information about the plants we plan to offer this season so you can stop out with a list of possibilities in hand. Though we strive to have all plants listed available when we open, some of them are real slowpokes. Ultimately, pricing and availability are dependent upon crop success. Varieties are deleted from the site as they sell out.

When choosing perennials for a site, note the light preference so plants with the same requirements can be grouped together. Also, look for icons that indicate plants that attract and sustain beneficials and avoid using pesticides that can harm them.

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.
Water-wise/Xeric Xeric (zer-ik): Plants with a water-wise symbol do well in a xeriscape grouped together with other water-wise plants. The plants, once established, (second-third year after planting) will thrive with less-frequent, but thorough watering applied to the plant's drip-line. Keep in mind that all newly planted shrubs will require more frequent watering than those that are established. Through the heat of summer, 5 gallons, twice a week, applied directly to the rootball is the rule of thumb.

Colten's Pic Of Deer In The Shade

Deer-Resistant
Deer move freely through our landscape. We both have that same "What are you doing in my yard?" expression when we see each other. If you face a similar situation, look for the NO DEER symbol to minimize frustration.

A plant's growth is dependent on its genetic characteristics, cultural practices, and regional climate. Our descriptions include information about the plant's 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 a garden. Mounding; the plant will be about as wide as it is tall. Sprawling; spreading outward from basal stems. Groundcover; spreading to infinity and beyond. Regional bloom time; for continuous color throughout the changing seasons.

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?

View From Window


Achillea/Yarrow 'Moonshine'

Achillea/Yarrow 'Moonshine'

Full Sun Deer-Resistant Attracts Butterflies Attracts Bees Water-wise/Xeric
HT:24" SP:20" Upright, Blooms Mid-Late Summer

$8

This non-invasive yarrow has flat-topped, yellow flower clusters offset with silver, fern-like, highly fragrant foliage. Forms a large, clump quickly that fits well into a xeric, naturalized setting. Avoid planting in shady areas and over-watering.

Highly deer-resistant. Flowers can be used for dried arrangements.


Aegopodium

Aegopodium

Part-Shade Full Shade Deer-Resistant  
HT:8" Groundcover; Grown for foliage

$8

Massing groundcover with green and white foliage. Sought after since it thrives in shady locations and is highly deer-resistant.

Can easily take over garden areas, so be aware of this trait and avoid planting in small, sunny gardens.


Anemone 'Honorine Jobert'

Anemone 'Honorine Jobert'

Full Sun Deer-Resistant Attracts Butterflies 
HT:36" SP:24" Mounding; Blooms Summer-Fall

$8

Classic cottage garden perennial with large, pure white blooms that stand out above the dark green foliage. Selected for its long bloom time extending well into the fall season. The lightly fragrant flowers make a nice addition to cut flower arrangements.

PPA Plant of the Year for 2016.


Aquilegia/Columbine

Aquilegia/Columbine; 4 Varieties this season

Full Sun Part-Shade Deer-Resistant Attracts Butterflies Attracts Ladybugs
HT:18-24" SP:12" Upright; Blooms Spring-Early Summer

$4-$8

Columbines are among the easiest of perennials to grow. Our selections are based on taller habits making them beautiful in both, the gardens as well as cut flower arrangements. Popular with novice and experienced gardeners since they tolerate full to part shade and a range of soil conditions.

Ladybug larvae are attracted to this plant each spring.


Artemisia/Silvermound

Artemisia/Silvermound

Full Sun Deer-Resistant Water-wise/Xeric
HT:12" SP:12" Mounding Habit; Grown for attractive foliage

$8

Finely textured silver leaves are soft to the touch. Habit can be kept in a compact mound by trimming back blooms as they appear. Xeric plant that thrives in sandy soils with water-efficient drip irrigation rather than overhead sprinklers that tend to weigh down the foliage.

Fragrant foliage is highly deer-resistant.


Aster 'Purple Dome'

Aster 'Purple Dome'

Full Sun Deer-Resistant Attracts Butterflies Attracts Bees
HT:18" SP:24" Mounding; Blooms Late Summer-Fall

$8

Forms a solid, rounded mound of royal purple flowers. A sought-after variety that provides color through late summer and well into fall and selected for its long bloom time. Beneficials seek out fall flowers for needed nectar and pollen, and this variety stays compact from start to finish.



Brunnera 'Sea Heart''

Brunnera 'Sea Heart'

Part-Shade Full Shade Attracts Bees
HT: 12" SP: 20", Mounding; Blooms Spring-Early Summer

$8

'Silver Heart' with its silver, heart-shaped leaves, stands out in shady areas. Prominent green veins are a nice contrast. The plant forms a rounded clump that spreads over the years.

The blue forget-me-not flowers appear above the foliage, and the showy foliage remains nice through the changing seasons.


Campanula 'Takion Blue'

Campanula 'Takion Blue'

Full Sun Attracts Bees Attracts Butterflies
HT:24" SP:20" Blooms Late Spring-Early Summer

$8

Prolific bell-shaped bright blue flowers on genetically compact plants. Basal mound of leathery, narrow foliage forms a dense patch quickly. Sturdier plant with larger bell-flowers than standard persicifolias.

Sells quickly once gardeners have a chance to see it blooming in the display garden.


Centranthus

Centranthus

Full Sun Attracts Bees Attracts Butterflies Deer-Resistant Water-wise/Xeric
HT:30" SP:24" Upright; Blooms Late Spring-Summer

$8

An outstanding plant for our climate since the plants thrive through hot, dry summers and -30 degree winters. Prefers full sun, sandy soil, and drip irrigation at the soil level rather than overhead watering. Will bloom again later if deadheaded; otherwise, the spent blooms will drop viable seeds.

Highly deer-resistant and easy to grow.


Cerastium 'Snow In Summer'

Cerastium 'Snow In Summer'

Full Sun Attracts Butterflies Deer-Resistant Water-wise/Xeric
6" Silver, Persistent Groundcover; Blooms Through Summer

$4

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/Large flowering vine

Clematis Vine; 12 Varieties this season

$15

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 rejuvenate or control growth.

Clematis typically take 3-5 years to establish.


Coreopsis 'Jethro Tull'

Coreopsis 'Jethro Tull'

Full Sun Part-shade Butterfly Attracts Bees
HT:24" SP:18" Mounding; Blooms Through Summer

$4

Natural bispecific cross between 'Early Sunrise' and 'Zamfir'. Golden yellow flowers with uniquely fluted petals rise above the compact foliage.

Prolific bloomer and plants will continue to bloom through 2-3 cycles if sheared after each bloom cycle.


Delphinium Magic Fountain 'Sky Blue'

Delphinium Magic Fountain 'Sky Blue With White Eye'

Full Sun Deer-Resistant Butterfly Attracts Bees
HT:24" SP:18" Upright; Blooms In Early Summer

$8

First genetic dwarf eletum type so it does not require staking. Blooms form on well-branched plant on sturdy stocks.

Delphiniums make excellent cut flowers adding a verticle element to arrangements. A personal favorite, but short-lived, so we plant them every 2-3 years.



Dianthus

Dianthus 'Firewitch' 

Full Sun Part-shade Butterfly Attracts Bees
6" Silver Foliage, Mounding; Blooms Spring-Fall

$8

Plants form tufts of blue-green foliage that spread quickly and stay nice through the changing seasons. Charming flowers are wonderfully fragrant and will continue if sheared after each bloom cycle.

PPA Plant of the Year for 2006.



Dicentra/Bleeding Heart

Dicentra/Bleeding Heart

Part-Shade Full Shade Attracts Hummingbirds Deer-Resistant

HT:30" SP:36" Blooms In Spring

$15

Classic native perennial that forms a large mass of foliage topped with arching sprays of rose colored flowers through spring. One of the first perennials to bloom, so protect if heavy snow is in the forecast.

Foliage may go dormant through the heat of summer if planted in full sun. All parts of the plant are poisonous.


Echinacea/Coneflower 'Magnus'

Echinacea/Coneflower 'Magnus' and 'Cheyenne Spirit'

Full Sun Butterfly Attracts Bees Water-wise/Xeric Deer-Resistant
HT:30" SP:24" Upright; Blooms Late Summer-Fall

$8

Coneflowers are slow growing but reliable. Placed towards the center of the garden, Echinacea are a good cover plant as perennials that bloom earlier start to fade. Native to the Americas, Echinacea attracts butterflies and is an important addition to the xeric, full sun perennial garden.

Lovely when planted with other late-season perennials including Rudbeckias and Gaillardias. 



Festuca 'Beyond Blue'

Festuca 'Beyond Blue' 


HT:24"

Pulp pot: $15

Grasses continue to be a popular addition to the landscape with their movement and seasonal color.

Along with this shorter Blue Fescue, we also have Calamagrostis 'Avalanche'. An equally hardy variety that grows to a full 36" in height with variegated foliage and striking, vertical plumes. $8


Gaillardia/Blanket Flower

Gaillardia/Blanket Flower; 4 Varieties this season

Full Sun Attracts Bees Attracts Butterflies Deer-Resistant Water-wise/Xeric
HT:12" SP:12" Mounding; Blooms Summer-Fall

$4 and $8

Often included in with other easy-to-grow perennials in wildflower mixes. Gaillardias have a long bloom time that can be further extended with deadheading. Blooms attract bees and butterflies so a nice companion planting with Catmints, Salvia, and other perennials that thrive in full sun in and around the vegetable garden.


Geranium 'Rozanne'

Geranium 'Rozanne' and 'Brookside'

Full Sun Attracts Bees Attracts Butterflies  
HT:12" Groundcover that blooms summer-fall

$8


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. The foliage turns red into fall. 'Rozanne' has a vigorous, sprawling habit, so allow plenty of room for the plants to spread. 


Helenium 'Short 'Sassy'

Helenium 'Short 'n Sassy'

Full Sun Attracts Bees Attracts Butterflies  
HT:24" SP:24" Blooms Mid-Late Summer

$4

Heleniums are a long-time favorite since they bloom continuously through summer and into fall. As the name implies, 'Short 'n Sassy' has a compact habit so it doesn't flop through summer.

Compact habit with prolific bright orange with gold bi-color blooms on stocky stems.


Heliopsis 'Loraine Sunshine'

Heliopsis 'Loraine Sunshine'PP10690

Full Sun Attracts Bees Attracts Butterflies  
HT:30" SP:30" Upright; Blooms Mid-Late Summer

$8

Variegated white with dark green veining offset with bright yellow flowers on sturdy stems. Hardy and easy to grow providing unique foliage coloration through summer and into fall. Doesn't like being crowded, so avoid planting to close to other perennials or shubs.

'Loraine Sunshine' provides long-lasting cut flowers.


Hemerocallis/Daylilies

Hemerocallis/Daylilies; 6 Varieties this season

Full Sun Water-wise/Xeric Attracts Butterflies  
HT:30" SP:30" Upright; Blooms Mid-Summer

$12

One of the easiest plants to grow, Daylilies are long-lived and adaptable to a range of soil types. Our mix includes colors that work well together and in combination with other perennials. New varieties are less aggressive and will not require dividing for many years. Breeders have provided varieties with increased plant vigor with outstanding bloom size.



Hosta

Hosta; 4 Varieties this Season

Full Shade Part-Shade Hummingbird
HT:16" SP:24" Mounding, Grown primarily for foliage

$15

Hostas brighten otherwise shady areas of the landscape and will tolerate part-shade conditions when provided with ample water and planted in amended soils. The plants bloom later in the season with delicate, light purple flowers on tall scapes.

A showy plant with or without the flowers we enjoy them on the deck in container gardens and planted in the gardens every season.



Iris

Iris; 4 Varieties this season

Full Sun Water-wise/Xeric Deer-Resistant
$8

Tall bearded Iris are a beautiful, low-maintenance addition to any full sun, xeric landscape. A long-time favorite of novice and advanced gardeners over the years since they are available in stunning colors and a welcome site as we move from winter into spring. Best when planted so that the top half of the rhizome is visible at soil level; otherwise root rot occurs.

Highly Deer-Resistant. Excellent as a cut flower with long lasting, mildly fragrant blooms.



Lamium 'Orchid Frost'

Lamium 'Orchid Frost' 

 Part-Shade Full Shade Deer-Resistant Butterfly
HT:6" Groundcover; Blooms through early summer

$8

We have offered 'Orchid Frost' for several years as a groundcover for part-to full shade garden areas. Also lovely in container gardens that share a shady space with me through the heat of summer.

This delicate looking plant is remarkably tough and will even tolerate full sun when planted in amended soils.


Lavender 'Munstead'

Lavender 'Munstead' 

  Full Sun Water-wise/Xeric Deer-Resistant Butterfly Attracts Honeybees
HT:18" SP:24" Blooms through summer

$15

Unmatched in the herb garden for fragrance, Lavender is the most popular herb we offer. Sandy soil with excellent drainage is a must for these plants to succeed over winter and into spring. Thrives in rock gardens, with gravel, rather than bark mulch.

Best when harvested just before the buds open. Shear spent blooms and stems in late summer, but leave woody stems over winter. 


Leucanthemum/Shasta Daisy

Leucanthemum/Shasta Daisy 

  Full Sun Deer-Resistant Butterfly 
'Snowcap' and 'Sweet Daisy' HT:15" SP:15"  

$8

Shasta Daisies are a charming addition to the perennial garden and a long-time personal favorite. The varieties for this season are compact plants with a mass of clear white flowers.

The plants will re-bloom if spent blooms are trimmed. 


Lupine

Lupine 'Gallery Blue' and 'Gallery Red' 

Full Sun Part-Shade Deer-Resistant Butterfly
HT:24" SP:18" Upright; Late Spring-Early Summer

$4

Lupine are popular with their unusual flower spikes that rise above the foliage. Blooms and plants are short-lived (like Delphiniums), so we plant every 2-3 years to insure inclusion into the gardens.

Customers have shared pics of areas where the Lupine have spread via viable seeds creating a wonderful area filled with a mix of these colorful beauties. Poisonous, so be aware.


Monarda 'Jacob Cline'

Monarda 'Jacob Cline' 

Full Sun Part-Shade Butterfly Attracts Hummingbirds
HT:36" SP:30" Upright; Blooms Mid-Late Summer

$8

Monarda is well-known for attracting hummingbirds into the gardens since their tubular flowers are suited to the bird's feeding habits, so be sure to plant where you can sit and watch them as they move from bloom to bloom. The foliage is wonderfully mint scented.

Overall, an excellent, long-lived perennial for the part-shade garden.


Nepeta/Catmint

Nepeta/Catmint; 3 Varieties this season 

  Full Sun Water-wise/Xeric Deer-Resistant Butterfly Attracts Honeybees
'Walkers Low' HT:36" SP:24" Blooms Spring-Fall $15

'Little Trudy' HT:8" $8 and 'Purrsian Blue' HT:14" $8

Nepetas are highly deer-resistant and great plants for areas where they can be allowed to thrive. Honeybee and bumblebee magnets; a characteristic to consider if you're allergic or (cringe) just don't like honeybees. Easy to grow, but the 'Walkers Low' needs lots of space.

These varieties are not grown from seed and "stay where they're put".


Papaver/Orientale Poppy

Papaver/Orientale Poppy; 4 Varieties this season 

  Full Sun Water-wise/Xeric Deer-Resistant  
HT: 30" SP: 24" Blooms Through Early Spring

$8

Oriental Poppies are unique with their large, intensely bright, papery blooms measuring a full 4-5 inches across. Prefer to be watered at soil level using soaker hoses/drip system so the foliage and flowers stay dry and don't drop their petals. To enjoy as cut flowers, singe the bottom of the stem with a match/lighter and the blooms hold up for weeks.

We cut them back in later in summer as their foliage begins to die back.



Penstemon 'Red Rocks'

Penstemon 'Red Rocks'

Full Sun Water-wise/Xeric  Deer-Resistant Attracts Butterflies Attracts Bees Attracts Hummingbirds
HT:18" SP:24" Early-Late Summer

$8

Penstemons (named for having 5 stamons) are well known for attracting hummingbirds, butterflies, bumblebees, and honeybees into the gardens. Their upright habit and long bloom time allows them to fit nicely into the xeric landscape.

Best when placed nearby to enjoy the beneficial insects as they move from bloom to bloom.


Peony

Peony; 8 Varieties this season

Full Sun Deer-Resistant Attracts Butterflies  
HT:36" SP:36"; Mid-Late Spring Blooms 

$15

Peonies are a long-lived perennial and a traditional favorite. The beautiful, fragrant flowers can be enjoyed in the gardens and as cut flowers for a late spring bouquet. The foliage stays lush through the summer, then turns to deep shades of burgundy through fall. Prefers amended garden soil. Plant just deep enough to cover the crown 2-3 inches and allow 3-4 years to become established.


Perovskia/Russian Sage

Perovskia/Russian Sage

Full Sun Deer-Resistant Attracts Honeybees  
HT:36" SP:36" Blooms Late Summer-Fall

$8

Masses of small flowers form on multi-branched, aromatic stems from August-frost. Highly deer-resistant. Prefers xeric landscape conditions so avoid overwatering through summer and waterlogged soil in winter. Pervoskia forms woody branches through the summer months and then flowers late in the season, so we prune these woody perennials back to green in late spring. Honeybee and bumblebee magnet.



Phlox 'Delilah'

Phlox paniculata 'Delilah'

Full Sun Part-Shade Butterfly
HT:24" SP:18" Blooms Mid-Late Summer

$8

Phlox are popular, long-lived plants for the full sun to part-shade garden. Prefer amended soils and ample water at the base rather than overhead so flowers don't "shatter" and drop prematurely. The flowers are highly fragrant and make elegant bouquets.

Like Oriental poppies, we singe the base of the stem so the cut flowers last longer. 


Phlox subulata

Phlox subulata 'Red Wing'

Full Sun Water-wise/Xeric Deer-Resistant
HT:6" Groundcover; Blooms Early-Late Spring

$8

Provides a thick blanket of emerald green foliage topped with a full flush of outstanding colorful blooms soon after winter. Long-lived and a wonderful addition to rock gardens, border edges, and anywhere a reliable groundcover is needed.

Foliage stays semi-evergreen through winter.


Polemonium 'Brise d'Anjou'

Polemonium 'Brise d'Anjou'

Full Sun Part-Shade Attracts Hummingbirds Attracts Honeybees
HT:24" SP:18" Upright, Blooms Early-Mid Spring

$8

A long-time fan of Polemoniums, variegated foliage varieties continue to catch my eye. The blooms are fragrant, so plant where you can enjoy the scent, delicate blooms, and showy foliage, in ground, or in container gardens so they too can enjoy a cool, shady area through the heat of summer.


Rudbeckia

Rudbeckia 'Goldsturm'

Full Sun  Water-wise/Xeric
HT:24" SP:20" Upright; Blooms Late Summer-Fall

$15

Hardy Rudbeckia provides a profusion of flowers on sturdy, multi-branching stems. Good as a cut flower and a dependable perennial on its own in mass/drifts or in the mixed garden. Compact plant so it shows best when planted in the front-mid section of the garden.

As fall shifts to early winter, cones produce seeds that attract birds.


Salvia

Salvia; 3 Varieties this season

Full Sun Water-wise/Xeric Deer-Resistant Attracts Hummingbirds Attracts Honeybees
HT:24" SP:18" Upright, Blooms Late Spring-Early Summer

$8

Salvias are amongst the easiest of perennials to grow. Their dense spikes of dark purple flowers on sturdy stems rise above the foliage. Well-known for not just deer resistance, but to actually repel them so excellent choice for planting at the base of shrubs or in front of less deer-resistant plants. 

'May Night' is a PPA award winner that we have enjoyed in the gardens for decades. Often re-blooms when spent flowers are removed/deadheaded.


Saponaria

Saponaria

Full Sun Part-Shade Water-wise/Xeric Deer-Resistant Attracts Butterflies
HT:10" Groundcover; Blooms Late Spring-Early Summer

$8

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. Excellent as a rock garden plant and to soften straight edges.

Spills over garden wall edges.


Scabiosa 'Butterfly Blue'

Scabiosa 'Butterfly Blue'

Full Sun Part-Shade Attracts Honeybees Attracts Butterflies
HT:12" SP:18" Mounding; Blooms All Season

$8

Lavender blue flowers open from buds that resemble an old-fashioned pincushion. Blooms on wiry stems seem to float above a short mound of basal foliage. Will continue to bloom from early spring through to frost.

I include these in container gardens since they bloom all summer giving me a chance to watch pollinators as they move from bloom to bloom.


Sedum Dragon's Blood

Sedum Dragon's Blood and 2 other varieties

Full Sun Water-wise/Xeric Attracts Honeybees Attracts Butterflies
Dragon's Blood HT:5" Groundcover $4

Also, taller varieties inc: 'Autumn Joy' & 'Sunsparkler' $8

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.

Foliage color intensifies with the onset of fall and through winter. Produces flowers, but is more widely popular for their foliage.


Stachys/Lamb's Ear

Stachys/Lamb's Ear

Full Sun Water-wise/Xeric Attracts Honeybees Attracts Butterflies
HT:18" Groundcover, Foliage Spring-Frost

$4

Fuzzy gray leaves form the base of this vigorous spreader. Not intended for small garden areas, but rather the larger landscape design where the plant can thrive and spread. 

As late summer approaches, the plants produce upright spikes of magenta flowers that are honey and bumblebee magnets. Produces viable seeds, adding another layer to its vigorous growth.


Thyme

Thymus 'Pink Chintz'

Full Sun Water-wise/Xeric Attracts Honeybees Attracts Butterflies
HT:2" Groundcover; Blooms Late Spring

$4

Wooly, deep olive foliage is covered with an abundance of salmon-pink flowers. Great choice as paver fillers, to soften garden edges, and as a ground cover between other full sun, xeric perennials and shrubs.

Like many herbs, this Thyme deters deer when planted in front of less-resistant perennials since deer seldom step behind plants they don't like.