High-altitude Flowers - Knowledgebase Question

Conifer, CO
Question by KJesse
January 23, 1999
I'd like to know what flowers (preferably showy ones) would be successful at my altitude of 8,500 feet in Colorado. I would consider container gardening. They would get full sun (facing southeast). Thank you!!

Answer from NGA
January 23, 1999


Showy flowers can be coaxed into great displays when they are sheltered and/or supported against high winds, and protected from hungry groundsquirrels! Here are some suggestions I found in the latest issue of Rocky Mountain Gardener (http://www.rmlife.com/), sent in by a gardener who lives near Nederland, CO, at 8400': Annuals include cosmos, gaillardia, zinnia, nigella, phlox, salvia, nasturtiums, sunflowers, marguerite, cockscomb, sweet pea, calendula, California poppy. Perennials and biennials include tall daylilies, veronica, tall shasta daisy, sedum, johnny jump-up, bleeding heart, iris, tulip, daffodil, gloriosa daisy, geranium, penstemon. The list goes on. I suggest that you contact Rocky Mountain Gardener, and purchase one of their gardening guides, and perhaps hook up with other high-altitude gardeners for more first-hand advice. Best of luck!



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