Best And Most Colorful Flowers For Our Climate - Knowledgebase Question

Denver, CO
Question by jkd8
December 21, 1997
We just moved into a new house in Colorado, and I want to have a large, colorful garden. So, what kind of flowers
are best and the most colorful to plant. (I would love
to have a garden overflowing with flowers, not a sparce
looking one.)


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Answer from NGA
December 21, 1997

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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)...is that enough for ya? Try also shrubs like azalea, rhododendron, hydrangea (selected varieties for zone 5), forsythia, kalmia (mountain laurel), and of course roses!
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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