Answer: I suggest that you focus on plants that are native to alpine environments. Fortunately, there are LOTS of catalogs and nurseries that specialize in alpine plants! Here are some suggestions for sources:
Alplains, PO Box 489, Kiowa, CO 80117, ph# 303/621-2247
Edge of the Rockies, PO Box 1218, Bayfield, CO 81122
Great Basin Natives, PO Box 114, Holden, UT 84636, ph# 801-795-2236, website http://www.millardvv.com/nativeplants/
High Altitude Gardens, 2902 Rufina St., Santa Fe, NM 87505, ph# 800/925-9387, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Also, you may want to take a look at Rocky Mountain Gardener Magazine. It's filled with info for YOU - your library may have a subscription, but in case you want one for yourself, here's their address: Westwind Publishing, PO Box 18537, Boulder, CO 80308, ph# 303/499-3228, website http://www.rmlife.com/
If you're not yet tired of experimenting, keep it up, because you may find that, like the dianthus, plants will adapt to your growing conditions.
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