The more naturalistic, dryland gardens were my favorite parts of Denver Botanic Garden, which I visited earlier this month. By naturalistic I don’t mean, of course, that these gardens are any less designed. They are beautifully designed, and the high-country plants growing in them sparkled in the intense sunlight that day.
I like the blue and blue-green plants threaded through this prairie-style garden. The purple coneflowers and golden-tipped grasses look so pretty growing among them.
A gravel path winds through mounded garden beds, enticing you around the next “bend in the road.”
Boulders emerge from the bermed beds along the path edge, and verbascum spires were standing tall here and there.
Wonderful rock work—it looks so natural.
This thin-leaved blue beauty is bluestem joint fir (Ephedra equisitina). My thanks to David Cristiani for the ID.
It was festooned with cascades of red berries.
Thistle, I think, not Eryngium.
Speaking of spiky plants, I spotted this beautiful agave vignette along one of the paths. Wonderful filaments on the leaves.
This agave had recently bloomed and, as agaves do, died afterward. Its bleached flower spike still stands, framed by the Arizona cypresses behind it.
In the alpine garden, I admired these tiny but tough succulents growing in a crack in a large boulder.
Here’s a rock garden in progress. I’d like to see it again in a year or two.
Sunflowers, so intensely colored in the mile-high garden.
A ramada offers a shady spot to rest and enjoy the garden and that bright-blue Colorado sky.
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