The Q&A Archives: Best And Most Colorful Flowers For Our Climate

Question: We just moved into a new house in Colorado, and I want to have a large, colorful garden. So, what kind of flowers<br>are best and the most colorful to plant. (I would love<br>to have a garden overflowing with flowers, not a sparce<br>looking one.)

Answer: The world is your oyster! There are so many things you can grow, here are a few colorful perennial selections: Achillea filipendulina (Fernleaf Yarrow), Alchemilla mollis (Lady's Mantle), Anchusa azurea (Italian Bugloss), Anthemis tinctoria (GoldenMarguerite), Armeria maritima (Sea Pink/Sea Thrift), Asters (many varieties), Astilbe (Meadowsweet/False Spirea), Aurinia saxatilis (Goldentuft), Chrysanthemum coccineum (Painted Daisy/Pyrethrum), Dicentra spectablis (Bleeding Heart), Echinacea purpurea(Purple Coneflower), Gaillardia x grandiflora (Blanket Flower), Daylily (Hemerocallis - many, many varieties), Iris (many varieties), Liatris spicata (Gayfeather), Lupinus (Lupines), Lychnis chalcedonica (Maltese Cross), Monarda didyma (Beebalm), Papaverorientale (Oriental Poppy), Rudbeckia (Black Eyed Susan - many varieties), Salvia, Veronica (Speedwell) that enough for ya? Try also shrubs like azalea, rhododendron, hydrangea (selected varieties for zone 5), forsythia, kalmia (mountain laurel), and of course roses! <br>Remember that for the bountiful garden you're dreaming of, you may need to spend some time preparing the soil, adding lots of rich compost if possible.

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