Something’s always blooming in my landscape

In late winter, crocus are the first flowers to appear in my landscape.

crocus-blogWhile working in the yard yesterday, I realized I had reached a goal I set many years ago. It occurred to me that something’s blooming in my landscape nearly 10 months of each year. Not bad for a Colorado garden.

From the first crocus that appears in late January to the last of the New Mexico sunflowers in October, I can look out one of my windows and see a a flower or shrub in bloom.

After the crocus appear I look for small yellow and purple Iris Reticulata near the driveway in February. In March, the daffodils begin to display their varied colors, shapes and sizes. April means shrubs come into bloom like the Nanking Cherry, Serviceberry and ‘Pawne Buttes’ Sand Cherry.

May is when the big show starts. Purple creeping phlox, Basket of Gold, dark purple lilacs, tiny violets and irises in blue, white, yellow and purple. May is also when the shrub and climbing roses start and they continue through June when the honeysuckle becomes overpowering.

July means the Agastache and Russian Sage take over, complementing one another with their orange and purple blooms. Hummingbirds and bees are drawn to these colorful, long-blooming plants.

In August the Brown-eyed Susans start their show and theĀ  sunflowers are at their sunniest. The tall stalks of New Mexico sunflowers carry on into October. new-mexico-sunflower-blog

There are many more flowers than I’ve named here. That’s because some have blooms that aren’t showy, but serve a purpose in the landscape. The flowers on the mint plants aren’t noticeable, but the bees and birds sure like them.

The purple and white coneflowers are such reliable bloomers, I don’t pay much attention to them, but the butterflies sure do.

It’s takes a lot of sweat equity to create a landscape like this. That’s why it’s especially rewarding to sit on the patio with a refreshing drink in hand and simply enjoy the view.

What’s blooming in your landscape today?


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