Archive for February 29, 2016



Hollyhock – Alcea

A Hollyhock Garden is a Fairy Paradise Alcea, or Hollyhock is traditionally considered a nostalgic cottage garden perennial but in the high-valley western gardens they are considered a staple. Once these tall hardy biennials drop seeds, they will...

Chrysanthemum – Clara Curtis

Chrysanthemum, ‘Clara Curtis’ Finding a hardy, carefree Chrysanthemum that grows in western Rocky Mountain gardens seems an impossible dream, but Chrysanthemum, ‘Clara Curtis’ makes it possible. Fortunately ‘Clara Curtis’ descends from an older more vigorous stalk, Korean Chrysanthemum,...

Russian sage

Russian Sage – (Perovskia)

Russian Sage or Perovskia Atriplicifolia The value of the majestic Russian Sage in the fall garden is underestimated. Many gardeners shrugged their shoulders in an “oh well” attitude about the beauty of this fine perennial and only tried...