We have grown Aloinopsis spathulata
in Colorado for over 30 years: it can persist four or five years but seems to eventually disappear...but only at the Crevice Garden at Simms APEX does it self sow rather vigorously along the path.
People pooh pooh crevice gardens as stark, and rock gardens as artificial in urban settings. But if you want to grow treasures like these, this is the way to do it.
What follows is a photogallery of mostly highly unusual and often challenging plants that are growing superbly in the crevice garden designed only a few years ago by Kenton Seth and Paul Spriggs: it has been a huge education for me, and I believe it signals a fantastic way to grow an enormous range of steppe climate plants well in all sorts of climatic regions. I am restreaining myself and sticking to just labeling the pictures. I think they speak eloquently by themselves!
This has proved pretty cold tolerant--but looks especially happy here. These pictures were taken through the year--from early spring to late autumn. This garden is a season long procession of color and interest
|Tulipa linifolia and Erigeron compositus|
|Agave toumeyana and Silene acaulis (an unlikely combo!)|
|Astragalusn utahensis ex John Stireman|
|Aethionema cf subulatum and Fritillaria uva-vulpis|
|Delosperma sphalmanthoides and Townsendia leptotes 'Jeanie's Purple'|
|Monardella macrantha 'Marian Sampson'|
|Muhlenbergia reverchonii 'Undaunted'|
|Chrysanthemum hosmariense (dwf. hardy form)|
|Astragalus sp. (maybe Oxytropis). Not sure which|
|Eriogonum cf ovalifolium|
|Penstemon deustus foreground, Erigeron elegantulus and so on and so forth up the hill...|
|Heuchera pulchella and Junellia succulentifolia|
|Eriogonum umbellatum 'Shasta Sulphur'|
|Penstemon laricifolius v. laricifolius right center, Pterocephalus depressus center left|
|Stachys lavandulifolia and Phlox nana|
|Eriogonum ovalifolium center, Pediocactus simpsonii right|
| Erodium cf. petraeum||e |
|Eriogonum ovalifolium |
|Echinocereus x lloydii|
|Eriogonum ovalifolium v. purpureum in leaf (late summer)|
|Echinocdereus x viridiflorus and Lesquerella ovalifolia|
|Nananthus x Aloinopsuis|
|Lesquerella ovalifolia (top) and Erigeron linearis (bottom)|
|Delosperma congestum and Erigeron compositus|
|Erodium cf petraeum center|
|More views |
|Echinocereus x viridiflorus|
|Kenton Seth contemplating his next task|
Kenton is the mastermind of dozens of private gardens as well as a half dozen major public displays. His knack with plants equals his talent with rocks.
Do check out his blog: I need a cup of Tea
....it's always interesting!
Paul Spriggs at his home crevice gardens in Victoria, British Columbia, I visited a few months ago. Kenton has had Paul help on his larger public garden projects such as here in APEX. They make a formidable team!
Paul and Kenton are well on their way to writing a book on Crevice Gardening which I suspect will be an instant classic. And the plants in this blog are surely fifty very good reason why!
In response to this blog, Kenton sent some elucidation which I think he might not object to my adding at this point (although the first 250 or so blog viewers will miss it:
"As a matter of accuracy, the design of APEX and Cheyenne are mine,
but I got Paul's help for execution; but execution should not be
undervalued, it's everything! Because not everyone can do it- in fact,
no one can do it like Paul. And I wish I could say that speed of build
is not important, but in a public garden, it very much is, so it is
worth seeking out a friend and doubling up our speed. Obviously, its
also a great way to connect the culture of rock gardening across borders
and involve more folks as well as just hang out with friends.
I was the one who was paid to spend hours and nights hashing over
pictures with the client, re-drawing sketches, and interviewing
everybody who might have contact with the garden to create its
limitations, aesthetic, et al, then sourcing/scheduling everything...
book, however, is 100% collaboration, in fact, I need to catch up to
Paul today; he's been writing his ass off and is quite ahead of me!"
I can't wait for the Crevice Gardening book. Oh the plants...ReplyDelete
These pictures make me miss receiving Alan's seed catalog. Now that he has retired and is not making any new collects, I no longer have a source for many things I grew in the past.ReplyDelete
What can one say except "WOW"!!! This is the pinnacle of plant perfection and landscape design, Art at it's highest form. This ranks right up there with the finest vignettes built at Wilton's Bush (Otari Native Plant Garden) in NZ. Simply stunning and I must travel to see this rock garden!ReplyDelete
Beautiful plants, huge respect for taking care of nature :) All the flowers look great, I hope that they will stay in this state for a long time, I am waiting for the next entries, greetings.ReplyDelete