Charlie’s Fantastic Wyoming Backyard – FineGardening

Hello GPODers!

To date the theme of this week’s submissions is backyard magnificence regardless of difficult situations! Yesterday we noticed how Fran’s backyard stays lush regardless of a lot of deer exercise, and right now we’re visiting Charlie, who gardens in Wyoming regardless of a laundry record of obstacles.

Dwelling in Wyoming could be fairly the gardening problem, particularly once you’ve began with nothing however pink rock and some aspens surrounding the property. We’ve lived right here 4 years.

The very first thing we did was take away the rock, after which as a result of I wished an instantaneous backyard I put seeds down the primary 12 months. They included bachelor’s button (Centaurea cyanus, annual), daisies, poppies, lupine, zinnias, child’s breath (Gypsophila paniculata, Zones 3–9), phlox, and what I name Bouncing Betty.

Our largest challenges listed below are the excessive altitude, late frosts, blinding wind, and lack of moisture. We obtain lower than 12 inches of rain yearly, so we rely on heavy snowfall within the winter to assist. Once we don’t obtain snowfall, many timber and perennials die. This 12 months the peonies survived however didn’t bloom. Nonetheless, we gardeners are the everlasting optimists, aren’t we? My favourite fashion of backyard is meadow-like, however I’m studying to like extra formal backyard beds.

path to front door with garden beds on both sidesCharlie, does it take hours for visitors to make it as much as your entrance door?? I’d be too tempted to cease and admire all of those fabulous zinnias.

close up of poppies and bachelors buttonsNot arduous to see Charlie’s love of meadow gardens on show. Vivid pink poppies (Papaver rhoeas, annual) with bachelor’s button (Centaurea cyanus, annual) is a quintessential meadow backyard pairing.

meadow gardenExtra of Charlie’s traditional meadow gardens.

meadow garden with paper birch treesPaper birch (Betula papyrifera, Zones 2–7) isn’t as generally present in meadow gardens, however Charlie has created a scene I feel extra gardeners ought to copy. Not solely completely applicable for the tough winters in Wyoming, the stark white bark makes an ideal companion and backdrop to the riot of colourful flowers.

daisies and dames rocket with paper birch purple lupin

Daisies, lupins, and dame’s rocket (Hesperis matronalis, Zones 3–8) all creating sensational combos with these paper birches within the background. Whereas Wyoming offers Charlie loads of obstacles, there are small silver linings. Whereas dame’s rocket is extremely invasive in lots of states, the intense situations means it may be grown in Wyoming with out a lot fear of it taking up.

white hydrangea behind pink clematisAs Charlie talked about, there may be rather more to their backyard than simply meadow plantings. Right here, a clean hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens, Zones 3–8) is the proper backdrop for this gorgeous pink clematis.

window box with lots of white flowersCharlie can be masterful at crafting containers. This window field is totally bursting with lovely white verbena.

close up of small window box with small flowersLastly, a smaller however equally fabulous window field design that includes extra daisies and moss roses (Portulaca grandiflora, Zones 3–8).


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