|Noxious weed in pride of place...|
There are many thousands of dazzling alpines and wonderful plants in the Rock Alpine Garden, but for the many decades I worked there, the most questions and comments I received on any plant was about that reddish bush that you have doubtless noticed too...yes, Japanese barberry!
We even have a native barberry along the Front Range--not the most stunning, perhaps, but with a certain amount of charm. Here in Jim and Dorothy Borland's terrific garden in west Denver.
The berries are so gorgeous against the blue sky and the foliage was just starting to color up in early September: something tells me this would be mind boggling in full autumn color!
Of course, the very best "barberries" for us in Colorado are the various blue foliaged Mahonias. I realize that many botanists have combined Berberis and Mahonia. That may well be what prevails--but for this blog, let's stick to the green leaved plants. There are species enough for both camps!