Western White Yarrow is a tough evergreen native that has fragrant, lacy foliage with dense umbels of tiny white flowers in summer. Can spread. Great attractor for beneficial insects. Tolerates variety of soil conditions. Pollinators: Butterflies and native bees. More information here.
Showy Milkweed was once common, but modern agricultural techniques have largely eradicated this crucial pollinator plant. Milkweed provides larval food for the dwindling Monarch butterfly. It is tall and beautiful, but spreads through the garden by root–so choose the planting site with care!
Hartweg’s Sundrops has freely flowering mounds with trailing stems of grey-green leaves and cheerful, clear yellow blossoms all summer. Easy-and reliable. Needs well-drained soil. May be slow to emerge in spring, but flowers continuously through fall. Attracts: butterflies and bees.
Jupiter’s Beard produces masses of crimson flowers fading to pink from late spring right through the summer. Periodic deadheading will enhance the bloom even more. Attracts Swallowtails and Monarchs. Can seed out somewhat aggressively.
This outstanding native annual is a magnet for honey bees and native bees alike! Tall stalks end in multiple flowers that look as if they were designed by Dr. Seuss. Once it starts blooming in early to mid-summer, Rocky Mountain Bee Plant just keeps going until fall. More information here. Not currently available.
Hardy Iceplant is a fast-growing, mat-forming succulent, lovely garden accent. Bright yellow daisy-like flowers appear in late- spring and last until fall. Bright-green knobby leaves turn bright red during the winter. Avoid overwatering and excessive winter moisture.
Tennessee Coneflower has many wonderful pastel pink, flat-topped flowers with black cones track the sun like sunflowers. Likes dry, rocky, poor soils with good drainage. Compact, vigorous, and lots of bloom. Pollinators: bees, butterflies.
This is a miniature European version of our beautiful native Fireweed. We have been reluctant to offer Fireweed itself as it can be very invasive. Alpine Willowherb is much smaller and promises to be better behaved in the garden. Supports honeybees.
Apache Plume is a sturdy multi-branched southwest native shrub provides good bird habitat. Small white, rose-like flowers emerge over a long blooming season and are followed by charming, fluffy seed heads. More info here.
Cheerful red flowers with yellow tips. Adaptable and reliable, this native wildflower blooms for most or all of the summer. Give haircut to in mid-summer to promote more flowering. Will seed out without being invasive. Tolerates a wide variety of soil types. Pollinators: native bees, honey bees. More info here.
Sundancer Daisy is a cheerful, showy, long-blooming western wildflower and is a gem in the xeric garden. The attractive thread- leaf foliage is covered by bright-yellow, long-stemmed daisies in summer. Remarkably adapted to arid regions, from low desert to mountains.
Lewis Flax, a vigorous native that produces masses of cheerful little blue flowers from late spring through mid-summer. Each flower lasts only a day, drops to the ground and is replaced by more the next morning. Charming. Pollinators: bees.
Colorado Four O’Clock is one of those plants that vanishes completely in the winter, retreating underground to an enormous root. Then, fairly late in the spring, shoots begin to emerge and once the plant starts growing—there’s just no stopping it! It can sprawl far and wide and looks lovely draped over a wall. Long-lived! More info here.
Beebalm or Wild Bergamot is a widespread native wildflower with clusters of tufted lavender flowers and is an important plant for native bees and butterflies. A long-lived, clump-forming perennial, it is attractive at the back of a border or in a meadow-like setting.
Showy Evening Primrose is a heat-loving beauty and thrives in sunny, dry areas along baking south and west facing walls and pavement areas. It can spread rapidly on shallow roots when the hot summer weather arrives and can overrun smaller, less vigorous plants. Preferring unimproved, well-drained soils, this plant requires little extra water once established. More info here.
Giant Flowered Purple Sage is a tough, heat-tolerant summer-bloomer with spectacular clumps of deep purple flowers.Attractive gray-green foliage remains in winter. Needs well-drained soil. Attractive to bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Tolerates clay.