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Denver flowers

By Penny Stine

Back in May, I went to Denver to help my son work on a landscaping project in his front yard. The lawn of his house is elevated about three feet above the sidewalk, and the slope used to be covered in grass, which was difficult to mow.
We were too cheap to terrace it, so we put edging around the perimeter of the lawn, did our best to rototill up the grass on the slope and bought a few perennials and annual flowers that self-sowed to fill the slope with flowers.
It didn't look like much when we finished, since we bought tiny little perennials and seeds are difficult to see once you've scattered them.




I've been pestering my son to send me pics of his yard, which he finally did.

This sunflower hedge was his idea - he wanted both amaranth and sunflowers. I did a lousy job of scattering the amaranth seed, since it's all concentrated in one area. We bought about six different packs of various sunflower seeds. I think this will look very cool when they're all in bloom. 






We also threw down some wildflower seeds. My experience with wildflower seeds is that they look good the first year, but then the diversity gives way to a whatever flower establishes itself as the most dominant. But that's OK, it doesn't require mowing.




I think this is a cherry brandy rudbeckia plant that we bought when we did the lawn makeover. It's really pretty. I may have to get one for my yard.







In addition to the sunflower hedge along the side of the house, my son also wanted to plant sunflowers in front of the house, right next to the steps going up the sidewalk leading to the front door.

The sunflowers will continue to bloom like crazy until it freezes. I told him he'd probably wish he didn't plant them when he has to pull up all the stalks and clean up the bed in the fall, but at least they're pretty for now. 



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