Monthly Archives: May 2013

Creeping Jenny for pots or groundcover

Lysimachia nummularia, commonly known as “golden creeping Jenny,” has bright yellow-gold foliage and makes a great low-growing, groundcover.

Notice the yellow creeping Jenny spilling over the side of the pot

It is very hardy on the High Plains, can survive limited foot traffic and does best in rich well-drained soil. It can take partial shade, but produces the best leaf color in sun.

If you have a large patch it is easy to divide for easy multiplication of plants for free. Try it as an annual to trail over the edges of pots and tubs. The golden foliage is so bright, it rivals the brightest yellow flower.

Green Ribbons

Time to remove the ribbons!

Thanks to all who supported the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens last year in our successful bid to renovate and expand the Greenhouse.

Special thanks to those of you who showed your support by tying green ribbons on your trees. Now, for the sake of the tree’s health, if you still have any ribbons up, we ask you to please remove all ribbons. This will prevent the ribbons from constricting growth or providing habitat for harmful bugs that may hide underneath.

Save money, plant flower seed instead of plants

Bedding plants can be expensive. Instead, try sowing the seed directly into your garden bed or flower pot. They take just a little longer to come into flower, but it is well worth the effort.

These annual flower seeds can sown between May 10th and June 1st: bachelor’s button, calendula, cosmos, marigolds, larkspur, morning glory, nasturtium, poppies, sweet alyssum and zinnias. Always sow seeds twice as deep as they are wide and keep the area moist until they germinate. Be sure and provide a trellis for most morning glories as they grow as a vine. Mark the location where you plant seeds with plant tags to help you discern weeds from the new flowering plants. Unlike perennial flowers these annual flowers, once they start blooming, they will continue to bloom until frost.

Great Shrub for High Plains

In 1962, an accomplished gardener from New Jersey, Carol Mackie, noticed a shrub with one unique mutated branch having dark green leaves with an unusual white border. She sent cuttings of it to a local nursery who propagated it and made it available to the garden center trade. It is now prized for its pale rose, fragrant blooms and striking leaf color. This Daphne was been named after Carol Mackie who discovered it and it is a perfect hardy, small shrub for the irrigated High Plains. Check out the “Carol Mackie Daphne.”

Article on Panayoti Kelaidis

Check out this great article on regional garden expert Panayoti Keladis, who recently spoke here in Cheyenne during our winter lecture series. It is about the Travels and Trials a Plant Explorer. Click Here to read.