|Mass of Diascia integerrima 'Coral Canyon' at entrance to Spring Creek (notice the giant watering cans behind in the entrance to the Children's garden)|
|Much of Spring Creek features simple but wonderfully maintained drifts of shrubs and perennials|
|A rather unconventional but very pleasing herb garden.|
|Transitional area with natives|
|Mats and mounds in the rock garden|
|The same mound, from a different angle|
Getting closer and looking beyond--you can see just how massive this garden really is: an amazing undertaking.
|The plants are not only well grown, they are well labeled!|
|Another view of the same plant from another angle: can you tell I like it?|
|A blend of "Mexicali" penstemons|
|A showy Fleabane (E. peregrinus?)|
|Here a mixed color forms of Penstemon barbatus|
And MORE penstemons...Just love the way these are tucked among the cushions and rocks.
|Same combo from another view|
|A bevy of ruddy semps|
|Acantholimon in seed|
|More mats and gems|
|Dazzling Penstemon x 'Mexicali' selection|
|Scutellaria prostrata and Phlox nana|
We are so fortunate to have a half dozen extraordinary collections of alpine and steppe rock plants throughout our region--Spring Creek has quickly joined the Betty Ford Alpine Garden, Yampa River Botanic Park, the Colorado Springs Xeriscape Demonstration Garden as a superb showcase of rock gardening. Oops: I believe I almost forgot to mention Denver Botanic Gardens' Rock Alpine and Children's Gardens....my bad.
There are not many areas I know of that can boast such ambitious rock gardens in close proximity--all curated by energetic youthful talent.
|Phlox nana beginning to take over...|
|A last parting show of the rock garden at Spring Creek|