Ask a Question forum: Colorful Outdoor Plants for Colorado Zone 5

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croroot
Apr 29, 2017 12:11 PM CST
We have a backyard that is regular wood enclosure fencing, North, East, South & then cordoned off by low (keep pet out) fencing. we have about 3' of spacing between the yard fence and the low fencing. We have mostly green foliage scattered around 3 sides of the yard. I am looking at today's page Rose of Sharon and Hydrangeas. There is one corner that is about a 3' triangle and could maintain a good size flowering plant. On either side of the corner is a Butterfly Bush and a Lantana. We are trying to promote pollination, as the bees and butterflies are becoming scarce. I also need suggestions for other flowering plants that are not too large to fill in the spaces. I appreciate your assistance. I really like this website.
Ruth
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dyzzypyxxy
Apr 29, 2017 2:39 PM CST
Agastache and salvias are wonderful plants for your pollinators, and may or may not be perennial where you are. If you are at very high altitude, you will probably need to mulch them to help them survive through winter.

Could you please fill in your profile with your actual location, so we'll know more about your climate conditions? Colorado is a big state with a lot of different climates in it. My daughter's garden is in Salt Lake City, UT and the agastache and salvia do well for her there.
Elaine

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Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
The one constant in life is change
Cat Lover Master Gardener: Florida Tropicals Multi-Region Gardener Vegetable Grower Region: Florida
Herbs Orchids Birds Garden Ideas: Level 2 Garden Sages Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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dyzzypyxxy
Apr 29, 2017 2:40 PM CST
Just to add, there's a whole forum on those plants here:
https://garden.org/forums/view...
Elaine

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