Tuesday, August 5, 2014

High And Dry Garden

This garden is located in the Washington County Fairgrounds in Akron, Colorado along the walking trail.   The purpose of this garden is to demonstrate to the public that there are plants that can live, once established with supplemental water from seasonal precipitation.
Some of the plants in the garden are as follows:
Utah Serviceberry                     Amelanchier utahensis
Blanket Flower                         Gaillardia aristata
Four O'clock                             Mirabilis multiflora
Sulphur-flower Buckwheat       Eriogonum umbellatum
Prairie Jewel Penstemon           Penstemon grandiflorus
Pawnee Buttes Sand Cherry     Prunus besseyi
Fringed Sage                             Artemisia frigida
Small-leaf pussytoes                 Antennaria parvifolia

The plant in the forefront is the Four O'clock.  See picture below:


This plant has gone through some of the most driest seasons when we have had less than 7 inches of rainfall.  The plant itself is about 2 to 3 feet tall and covered with flowers.  Besides this plant the Fringed Sage does well on less precipitation.   The Sulphur-flower Buckwheat also does extremely well even though it needs 8 to 18 inches of rainfall a season.  During the hot and dry seasons, Buckwheat prevailed though it wasn't prevalent. 

It is great to have a selection of various plants that do not regular watering such as every week or three times a week.  When we talk about plants needing moderate water, we mean their normal amount of yearly precipitation to sustain themselves.   A lot goes into watering when you factor in the temperature, wind, humidity, soil type, mulch and plant's exposure.