|Tetraneuris (Hymenoxys) scaposa top and Erigeron linearis bottom|
I posted over 50 pictures depicting that many (and MORE!) taxa in my last post about the remarkable crevice garden complex at the Simms Street APEX recreation center in Arvada, Colorado. I've decided to assemble some of my best shots I've taken there the last few years: I've tried to get out there pretty regularly, but it's almost 20 miles from my house, so this compendium is far from complete.
A few takeaways:
1) rock gardens cram in a heck of a lot of flowers!
2) they have a fantastic, endless season of interest!
3) there is a huge scope of experimentation in this kind of gardening: most of the plants here are rarely found in gardens--even botanic gardens.
4) you can fit a garden like this almost anywhere--including in a container on a patio or balcony!
I could drone on after every picture...but will resist. There will be a little philosophizing at the end however--musn't miss that!
|Phlox subulata 'Laura'|
|Yucca brevifolia and Tulipa linifolia|
|Junellia succulentifolia (right) , Agave neomexicana (left)|
|Echinocereus triglochidiatus 'Inermis'|
|Eriogonum umbellatum v. porteri|
|Delosperma MESA VERDE|
|Acantholimon cf echinus|
|More different Acantholimons!|
|Delosperma congestum 'White Nugget' (below), Phlox 'Laura' above|
|Penstemon sileri (mistakenly distributed as P. linarioides)|
|Echinocxereus sp. (right) and Heterotheca jonesii (not in bloom) left [it's rarely not in bloom!]|
|Four cool plants!|
|Erigeron compositus (dense cushion white flowered form)|
|Erigeron compositus (lax lavender form)|
|Gymnocalycium bruchii (Thanks Greg Smith!)|
|Narcissus bulbocodium & Phlos 'Laura'|
|Fibigia clypeata (yellow), Veronica oltensis|
|Oenothera macrocarpa & Agastache rupestris|
|Pinus monophylla 'Blue Jazz'|
|A litlle vista|
|Petunia patagonica (Oh YEAH!) and Arctostaphylos pungens behind|
|Hedysarum fedtschenkoanum. ex Kazakhstan (thans Vojtech!)|
|Alyssum cf stibnryi in winter|
|Eriogonum shockleyi in winter (out of focus, I know--we're fading out slowly at blog post's end!)|
|Yucca nana in Winter|
Simms APEX crevice garden--or more properly, "the Community Heroes Crevice Garden" has been one of the most remarkable new gardens to come to my awareness in my rather long professional career. Like the Kendrick Lake Xeriscape Garden when it was at its peak (roughly 2005-2015) it reveals fantastically grown plants at every turn, and is a graduate course in horticulture each time you visit. These two gardens, along with Lauren Springer Ogden, Rob Proctor, Kelly Grummons and Bob Nold have been some of the most inspiring influences outside of Denver Botanic Gardens proper when it comes to our regional horticultural scene. Kenton Seth is a force to be reckoned with!
I will follow up this post with a photogallery of the garden of itself (rather than vignettes): the very structure and design of the garden is really as inspiring and revelatory as the plants within it.
Here are a few more links to give you some other views of this garden: