This stunning ornamental vine caught the eye of Scott Skogerboe (Fort Collins Wholesale Nursery) in 2001 while driving down a side street in old town Ft. Collins. At first glance it looked like a Silver Dollar Eucalyptus because it was covered abundantly with silver-dollar sized white disks. He slammed on his brakes in order to get a closer look.
Red Birds in a Tree is a hummingbird’s delight. The hovering birds are attracted to the luscious cherry-red tubular flowers that sit atop dark green, ovate, toothed leaves. Just look at the flower and you will see how it earned its descriptive name.
Pansies are an important plant in Colorado, providing three seasons of color, particularly through winter on the Front Range.
LITTLE TRUDY® Catnip is a long-awaited compact catnip that is well-suited to our regional climate. Its long-blooming, deep lavender flowers attract bees and butterflies. The lavender hue goes well with yellow, pink, rose, or white flowers. Suggested garden companions are: SILVER BLADE® Evening Primrose, Starburst Ice Plant, RED ROCKS® Penstemon, and LAVENDER MIST® Sun Daisy.
Most of us associate clematis with the spectacular climbers, like C. jackmannii, that drape and festoon fences and arbors for lucky gardeners much of the summer.
Saint Theresa Seedless Grape (Vitis × ‘St. Theresa Seedless’) is a superb new table grape for the Rocky Mountain region. This very hardy and mostly seedless (an occasional seed or two is discovered) purple grape offers an abundance of large clusters of sweet fruit in early September.
Seven-Son Flower is a small tree to large shrub. This unusual member of the honeysuckle family is not a vine but a handsome vase-shaped woody plant and one that is relatively unknown to most gardeners. During the growing season, Seven-Son Flower is covered with 4-6 inch long thick, glossy leaves.
The genus Penstemon, commonly known as beardtongue, has long been a staple in our Rocky Mountain region gardens and a new representative to the scene this summer will be SHADOW MOUNTAIN® Penstemon (Penstemon xmexicali ‘Psmyers’.)
Purple Winter Savory is an unusual member of the mint family. It maintains a very short and compact mounding habit, and blooms late in the season when many garden perennials are looking bedraggled from the long hot summer.
HOT WINGS Tatarian Maple is a superior small ornamental tree that was discovered right in our home state of Colorado, destined for distribution throughout the country. The natural range of Tatarian maple is from Southeastern Europe into Western Asia. It likely arrived in North America in the early 1900’s during the days of the U.S. Department of Agriculture world-wide plant exploration. It started to appear in Colorado nurseries in the early 1980’s when regional nurserymen discovered this maple was much more tolerant of our alkaline soils than other cold-hardy ornamental maples.