Boulder Yard Transformed Into A Habitat Hero Wildscape
Habitat Hero Linda B. Explains How She Created Her "Botanical Zoo"
Habitat Hero, a project of the Audubon Rockies, Plant Select and High Country Gardens, continues to expand, with 63 new honorees named in 2015, totaling 200 acres in transformed habitat. Supporting wildlife and conserving water, these wildscapes include residential and community gardens, school yards, city open spaces and public demonstration gardens.
One of those honored for her wildscape garden in Fall of 2015 was Linda B. of Boulder, CO. She purchased the tract home some 30 years ago, with the goal of turning the existing flat, brown yard into a flowering rock garden and a sanctuary for humans and wildlife.
A graphic designer with a degree in zoology/botany, Linda has passion for plants and an interest in low-water gardening. “I have a real love for all things wild, an interest in low-water usage and a passion for numerous ‘fun’ plants. I garden because I enjoy good physical exercise and have an enthusiasm to learn.” Over the years, Linda has hauled tons of rock, amended the soil, and experimented with plant materials and design. Linda explained, “It is a rewarding feeling to enjoy the result and know I physically did it all myself."
"I think of my yard as a botanical zoo. I love the fact that the neighbors, the birds, the insects and even some four-legged wildlife all enjoy it too. I’m a creative gardening addict and I wouldn’t have it any other way.” said Linda.
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Rudbeckia Goldsturm blooms in mid-to-late summer with an eye-catching display of golden flowers. Black Eyed Susan is very attractive to butterflies and the seed heads provide winter food for seed-eating songbirds as well. Reliable and tough, Rudbeckia tolerates both drought and clay plus easy to maintain.
Magnus is a distinctive, vigorous and large growing cone flower cultivar. The bright reddish-pink petals of its huge flowers are held flat as they radiate out from the cone, instead of curving backwards as is typical of most coneflowers.
Asclepias syriaca (Common Milkweed) is a gorgeous plant that produces purple/pink flower clusters that wildflower gardeners love and spreads quickly. This native perennial is a primary food source for the Monarch butterfly providing large leaves for caterpillars and big pink globe-like flowers that provide nectar for the adult butterflies. Planting it will help to support Monarch populations. Perennial.
Red Birds in a Tree is a rare perennial from the southern mountains of New Mexico and Arizona. It blooms all summer with spires of small red, white-lipped flowers that resemble a flock of red birds perched on a tree branch.