Cathy’s Colorado Backyard in Spring

Hey GPODers!

Right now we’re heading west and getting an replace from Cathy Hollis in Colorado. We had been first launched to her backyard, impressed by English borders, in 2022 (you possibly can take a look at that submission right here: Cathy’s Colorado Backyard). However Cathy’s actual backyard inspiration is her sister Sally Barker, who has been featured on GPOD many instances over time (you possibly can take a look at the most recent publish from Sally’s backyard right here: Extra in Sally’s Maryland Backyard). We’re thrilled to be a small a part of this household’s shared love of crops!

However that’s sufficient yapping from me, get pleasure from Cathy’s personal phrases on her sensational area:

Hello! I stay within the suburbs south of Denver, Colorado. I’ve been having fun with the transition from early spring to late spring in my backyard this yr. We now have a variety of peony bushes, and a bee hive as effectively.

small tree with pink flowers in a garden bed with yellow flowersOne of many earliest perennials to bloom in our backyard is cushion spurge (Euphorbia polychroma, Zones 4–8) (yellow plant), which will be invasive, nevertheless it does provide early nectar for the bees, and provides shade to the spring backyard. Our Prairifire crabapple tree (Malus x ‘Prarifire’, Zones 4–8) is at all times a standout.

bright pink tulips in the foreground of a spring gardenDesign Impression tulips (Tulipa ‘Design Impression’, Zones 3–8) are hardy and lengthy lasting. In background is a Chanticleer pear (Pyrus calleryana Chanticleer®, Zones 3–8) and the crabapple tree.

multi colored tulips in front of a small coniferA present of late blooming tulips – Huge Smile (yellow), Menton (pink), and Blushing Woman (pale yellow with mild pink).

mass planting of Euphorbia Polychroma in a spring gardenIn our yard, the Euphorbia polychroma actually provides the backyard an early present. Behind it, the blue flowers of Jack Frost brunnera (Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost‘, Zones 3–8) and Purple Sensation allium (Allium ‘Purple Sensation’, Zones 3–8) add distinction. The pine tree is Sherwood Compact Pine (Pinus mugo ‘Sherwood Compact’, Zones 2–7), a dwarf gradual rising evergreen. The birds like to drink and tub within the giant rock fountain. You possibly can glimpse the entrance vary of the Rocky Mountains within the background, in addition to our beehive.

pink peony in spring gardenThis pink peony is the earliest to bloom in our backyard, I want I knew its title!

light pink peony and other purple flowersJust a little later in spring, the tulips have gone and the Julia Rose Itoh peony (Paeonia x ‘Julia Rose’, Zones 3–8) and purple bearded iris take over in our entrance backyard.

variegated irises with Pinball Wizard AlliumWithin the again backyard, different herbaceous peonies and variegated purple iris (Iris pallida ‘Variegata’, Zones 4–9) begin to bloom, together with the massive flowers of ‘Pinball Wizard’ allium (Allium ‘Pinball Wizard’, Zones 4–8).

yellow Bartzella Itoh peoniesBartzella Itoh peonies (Paeonia x ‘Bartzella’, Zones 4–9) in one other a part of the backyard.

roses and other plants along a front yard pathRound June 1st, our Morden Centennial rose bushes (Rosa ‘Morden Centennial’, Zones 4–9) begin to bloom, and proceed by means of the summer time. On the precise facet of the stroll, boxwood, ‘Limelight’ spirea (Spiraea japonica ‘Limelight’, Zones 3–9) and Firewitch dianthus (Dianthus gratianopolitanus ‘Firewitch’, Zones 3–9) present a distinction.

garden bed with lots of purple and yellow flowers under a small treeAt about the identical time, the Moonshine yarrow (Achillea x ‘Moonshine’, Zones 3–8), Walker’s Low catmint (Nepeta x faassenii ‘Walker’s Low’, Zones 4–9), and Could Night time salvia (Salvia x sylvestris ‘Could Night time’, Zones 4–9) burst into bloom. The Temple of Bloom® Seven-Son tree (Heptacodium miconioides, Zones 5–9) supplies 4 seasons of shade and is an excellent accent tree with white bark. The bees love when it blooms in August.

Thanks for sharing your beautiful backyard with us once more, Cathy. We’re very honored to have you ever and your sister as members of the GPOD neighborhood!


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