While planting season is over, it is important to know which plants to consider for the next year. Planting species that are native to your area is beneficial for water resources as well as promoting a healthy local ecology. Our next post will dive further into why native plants are important; however, here is a list of a few of our favorites from an extensive list provided by Colorado State University
Pussytoes are the first ground cover we will highlight. Boasting little cream to pink flowers, this plant will protect your soil from the ample Denver sun while providing food for the local insects. Blooming in spring and summer, like most ground covers in the foothills, these plants will add a pop of color to your landscaping. Wine cups bring a bright addition of color as well. Boasting magenta flowers shaped like little chalices, these provide nectar and pollen for bees, butterflies and other pollinators. The last we will list are spreading daisies, giving some height to the landscape, these stems and blooms reach towards the sky and require low water.
Popular with Pollinators
All of the groundcovers listed above provide food and more for the pollinators in your yard. Here are a few more plants which the local fauna will enjoy. Blue flax is one of the only blue flowers in our line up; however, it provides nectar and pollen for butterflies, bees, beetles and others! Gayfeather requires low water and enjoys full sun. Dusty purple blooms make these an attractive choice while also growing outwards and upwards providing solid habitat and food through the summer and fall. The snowberry shrub is the perfect segway from popular with pollinators to a plant for the birds as well. Providing nectar and pollen for the butterflies and bees and fruit for the birds, this low water pink flower producing plant is a great one to add to your landscape.
Birds will Enjoy
Beyond the snowberry shrub, these other plants will both beautify and bring more wildlife into your space. The black eyed susan and prairie coneflowers grow to great heights and provide seeds birds love to snack on. Flowering summer and fall, these perennials are perfect to help the birds prepare for winter. Not only is food important, wildlife also needs a place to live. The gro-low fragrant sumac is a shrub requiring low water, blooms in the spring, and provides shelter for our flying friends.
The little bluestem is a grass that keeps on giving. It provides both solid structure in which creatures can live through the winter, as well as boasts beautiful hues of bluish green in the summer and spring. Birds also benefit from the seeds produced. Side-oats grama and blue grama are two other bird feeding grasses belonging to the genus Bouteloua. Bush like, these two display large seed heads which birds are attracted to. All of these grasses require low levels of water and give height to your landscape.
Cacti and succulents are beneficial for they require little to no supplementary watering and provide fruits and habitat for a variety of species. The Pink and Yellow nipple cacti, like the grama grasses, both belong to the same genus Coryphantha. Showcasing different colored blooms and fruit, these both can be planted similarly depending on the aesthetic you desire. The prickly pear is another great xeric plant with a yellow to apricot bloom and produces fruit for birds and bees. Lastly with a cream colored bloom, the plains yucca is the smallest of the xeric plants we have highlighted, it provides important habitat and food for the pronuba moth.
Trees of Course
Lastly, but not least, we here at Bear Creek Tree Service are a business built upon caring for trees. We have previously posted about popular choices in the Denver area
, however, we want to highlight one we missed. The rocky mountain juniper is the smallest of trees to grow and is common to the foothills. This tree is incredible for sheltering birds. It requires low water and is able to withstand ample sun making it a solid choice for any homeowner working with a smaller space.
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