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
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