March 9th, 2021 – Boulder Landscape and Design
When choosing plants for your landscape, it is important to consider plants that will adapt to your soil and weather conditions well. If you decide to work with well-suited native plants for this area, you do so with the knowledge that these plants have evolved for hundreds of years to optimally grow in their local environment.
Not only are native plants a great choice for your landscape due to their hardiness and conservation benefits, but they are downright beautiful! Additionally, they are likely to attract local pollinators or even be a host to them!
We are lucky to have a variety of gorgeous native plants here on the Colorado Front Range that will thrive and add interest to your space. Here are a few of our favorites that will do well in our area include:
Colorado Blue Columbine
This classic beauty is the state wildflower of Colorado and provides rich color without much maintenance. The nectar acts as an important food source for a ton of important pollinators, such as bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Simply deadhead the flowers once they have spent their gorgeous blooms throughout the growing season!
The serviceberry is a large shrub that is very well-suited to handle hot and dry conditions, making it a perfect contender to battle the summer heat. It will thrive in rocky places where lots of other plants would struggle. The fruits are quite attractive to deer and elk, as well as both resident and migrant birds. It also boasts a heavenly color in the fall!
Butterfly weed is a type of milkweed that attracts, and is the main food source for migrating Monarch Butterflies! Incorporating this into your landscape is a great way to make sure that these endangered creatures are well feed and have a place to reproduce. Additionally, the small, clustered flowers add a gorgeous pop of color to your space!
Black Eyed Susan
These familiar plants are happy to be a native to our area! Planting them ensures that local pollinators, including bees, butterflies and hummingbirds, have a reliable nectar source. The spent blooms are easy to deadhead and fresh blooms will provide color and interest during most of the year!
We love planting with all these native plants and use them frequently in our design work. They create a beautiful and colorful space for all to enjoy and can handle the fluctuation of our weather here in Colorado!