Sensory Garden for the Rockies and High Plains
This landscape plan will give gardeners in the Rockies and High Plains a fragrant, colorful "wrap" for any patio.
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A. Juneberry (Amelanchier alnifolia)
Alternative: Blue paloverde (Cercidium floridum) or other small accent tree
B. Golden currant (Ribes aureum) if soil is moist
Alternative: Big sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata ssp. tridentata) if dry, or other medium-sized shrub, three to five feet tall
C. Shrubby cinquefoil (Potentilla fruticosa)
Alternative: Other small shrub, two to three feet tall
D. Bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi)
Alternative: Field pussytoes (Antennaria neglecta) or other groundcover 6 to 12 inches tall
E. Little bluestem (Schyzachyrium scoparium)
Alternative: Other small ornamental grass, one foot tall
F. Evening primrose (Oenothera caespitosa)
Alternative: Fringed sage (Artemisia frigida) or other groundcover 6 to 12 inches tall
G. Colorado columbine (Aquilegia coerulea)
Alternative: Other herbaceous plant, one to two feet tall
H. Male fern (Dryopteris felix-mas)
Alternative: Other grass or fern, two to three feet tall
I. Anise hyssop (Agastache foeniculum)
Alternative: Silvery lupine (Lupine argenteus) or other herbaceous plant, two to three feet tall
J. Penstemon (Penstemon spp.)
Alternative: Other herbaceous accent plant, one to three feet tall
K. Snow Angel coral bells (Heuchera sanguinea 'Snow Angel')
Alternative: Other groundcover, 6 to 12 inches tall
1. Butterfly house
2. Existing patio
Landscape plan by Leah Gardner
Illustrations by Simutis Illustrations
Fragrant plants and stirring grasses bring extra charm to this beautiful garden sanctuary.
Winterberry, red-osier dogwood and hyacinth bean help provide color throughout the seasons in this beautiful garden design.
Ninebark, prairie sage, snowberry and other native plants help make the best use of rainfall in this earth-friendly garden design.