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Landscape Logic: It’s not too late to plant in Eagle County

Becky Garber
Special to the Daily
Vail, CO, Colorado

There are three good reasons to grab a shovel and plant THIS weekend:

1. The weather will be stellar.

2. The Plant Select plants described below will give great end-of-season outdoor interest for the rest of this growing season.

3. By planting them in the late summer/early fall timeframe, these perennials will get their roots established this year so they will be show-off plants next spring.

Do you garden at a really high altitude? Then note that three of the plants below are hardy to 8,000 feet and one of them is even good to 9,000 feet.

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Silver sage (Salvia argentea)

• Has candelabras of white flowers in summer.

• Grows 2 to 3 feet tall, 1 to 2 feet wide.

• Is noted for gorgeous, large-fuzzy leaves that add texture.

Grows well in full sun in average-dry conditions and is hardy up to 8,000 feet.

Furman’s Red sage (Salvia greggii ‘Furman’s Red’)

• Has continuous red blooms from mid-to-late summer.

• Grows 18-to-24-inches tall by 12-to-24-inches wide.

• Grows in moderate to dry gardens in full sun and is a great plant to attract hummingbirds.

Hardy to 5,500 feet, but needs protection in colder climates.

Vermillion Bluffs Mexican sage (Salvia darcyi ‘Pscarl’)

• Its tall spikes of large red blooms are a hummingbird magnet.

• Grows 35-to-40 inches tall by 20-to-30-inches wide.

• Needs full sun, loamy soils and moderate water.

Best in lower elevations as it is hardy only to 5,500 feet.

Orange Carpet hummingbird trumpet (Zauschneria garrettii)

• Rocky Mountain native plant that blooms late summer.

• Blooms are brilliant orange trumpet-shaped flowers.

• Grows 3-6 inches tall x 15-20 inches wide.

Thrives in full sun and moderate to dry soils and is hardy up to 9,000 feet.

Partridge feather (Tanacetum densum ssp. amani)

• This fluffy, feathery silver foliage plant is best as a groundcover.

• Has small button-like flowers in mid-summer.

• User friendly plant tolerates dry shade and also grows in full sun.

Grows 3-to-5-inches tall by 15-to-24 inches wide and is hardy to 8,000 feet.

Plant Select plants have been developed via a cooperative effort with Colorado State University, Denver Botanic Gardens and the green industry to provide Colorado gardeners with an array of plants suited to the challenges of Colorado’s growing conditions.

Becky Garber is member of the Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado of which Neils Lunceford, a landscaping company, is a member. You may contact them at 970-409-8945.

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