The Romantic Garden at Denver Botanic Garden, which I visited earlier this month, is not festooned with the traditional roses, wisteria, and clematis. In dry, high country style, feathery grasses mingle with aromatic salvias, prairie wildflowers, and felt-leaved lamb’s ears.
Accenting the garden beds stand a handful of Little and Lewis-style columns the colors of sidewalk chalk.
They lean like candy-colored ruins amid the frothy flowers.
Farther along the path we did encounter some lovely roses.
And this pretty
mystery plant. Update: Lysimachia punctata ‘Alexander’ — thanks to everyone who provided an ID!
Along one of the central axes of the DBG runs a long, rill-like water feature, with these twin fountains that remind me of Mayan ruins.
Occupying the center of one of the main walks stood this tornado-like sculpture made of bamboo, one of many such pieces placed throughout the gardens.
Moving on…garlic growing amid ornamental grasses.
I like the charming seedheads.
A fragrant lavender walk
And a silvery ‘Kintzley’s Ghost’ grape honeysuckle vine, winding its way up an arbor
In June’s Plant Asia garden, which contains Asian plants that grow in similar conditions to Denver’s, I was distracted by hardscape: this moon gate…
…and this mosaic pebble path that evokes a swirling stream.
Ligularia stood out against a burgundy Japanese maple.
Creeping Oregon grape holly in full berry
In the South African Plaza, torch lilies were ablaze, backed by vertical slabs of dusky pink stone.
This post is a mishmash of impressions from various garden rooms at the DBG. Next up I’ll have a more cohesive set of images from DBG’s Plains Garden, Rock Alpine Garden and Dryland Mesa.
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