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dig5.jpg (44604 bytes) Digitalis x mertonensis Foxglove(Scrophhulariacaeae) Foxgloves have basal leaf rosettes with alternate stem leaves.  Bear inflated, tubular, bel-shaped SOMEwhat 2-lipped flowers that are often spotted inside.  Flowers are yellow, white, and some of th annual (Foxy) types are carmine-pink D. x mertonensis bears racemes of pinkish-buff flowers up to 2.5" long in early summer. Grow to 36 inches.
G.Burgunder close up (1489172 bytes) Gaillardia x grandiflora  'Burgunder'(Asteraceae)  Bear hairy leaves in basal rosettes and alternately on the stems.  Red, orange or yellow daisy-like flowers with red, dark purple, brown or yellow disk florets borne on long stems.  Burgunder or Burgundy has wine red flowerheads.
Gaillardia x grandiflora  Blanketflower (30798 bytes) Gaillardia x grandiflora  Blanketflower (Asteraceae)  Bear hairy leaves in basal rosettes and alternately on the stems.  Red, orange or yellow daisy-like flowers with red, dark purple, brown or yellow disk florets borne on long stems. 
Geranium cv.– Cranesbill (15246 bytes) Geranium cv. Cranesbill(Geraniaceae family such as Pelargonium).
Heavy Metal (25045 bytes) Panicum virgatum ‘Rostrahlbusch’Red rays switchgrass(Poaceae).
Helictotrichon sempervirens Blue oatgrass (22122 bytes) Helictotrichon sempervirens Blue oatgrass  (poaceae) One of the first to bloom. Grows to 3 feet with straw colored flowers held well above the plant.
Heuchera cv. – Coral bells (51614 bytes) Heuchera cv. – Coral bells(Saxifragaceae). This plant was chosen Perennial Plant of the Year in 1991.
Penstemon 'Husker Red' Husker – Red penstemon  (21880 bytes) Penstemon 'Husker Red' Husker Red penstemon(Scrophulariaceae-figwort family. "Scrophs" include Digitalis, Verbascum, Linaria, Antirrhinum, Veronica, Ciascia and Bacopa). Penstemons have opposite linear leaves, racemes of tubular-funnel or tubular-bell shaped flowers which are 2-liped: upper is usually 2-lobed and bottom 3-lobed. Husker Red has maroon leaves and white flowers. This plant was chosen Perennial Plant of the Year in 1996.
Iris siberica – Siberian Iris  (25709 bytes) Iris sibericaSiberian Iris
Centranthus ruber  – Jupiter's beard or red valerian  (118297 bytes) Centranthus ruber  Jupiter's beard or red valerian (Valerianaceae). Erect stems, simple and opposite leaves and funnel shaped red flowers borne in cymes (flower terminates each branch,the oldest in the center).
Coreopsis ‘Moonbeam’ – Moonbeam coreopsis (16486 bytes) Coreopsis ‘Moonbeam’Moonbeam coreopsis(Asteraceae). Derived from the C. verticillata or threadleaf Coreopsis. Upright with 3 pinnate leaves with linear, thread-like, deep green leaflets. Bears lemon yellow flowers from early summer to autumn. This plant was chosen Perennial Plant of the Year in 1992.
Centaurea montana, Mountain bluet (23732 bytes) Centaurea montana Mountain bluet (Asteraceae). The knapweeds bear spherical or hemispherical flowerheads with tubular and usually deeply lobed florets. Each flowerhead has a conspicuous involucre with CONSPICUOUS overlapping bracts. Some of the problematic noxious weeds in Colorado are in this genus (Spotted and Russian knapweed). Mountain bluet is from central Europe. It is rhizomatous and self seeds readily. It forms mats of leaves with loose stems to 18 inches. The blue, 2" flowerheads have a reddish/violet tinge. Bloom is through mid-summer.

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Photographs courtesy of Carl Wilson and Judy Sedbrook.

Plant list provided courtesy of Greg Foreman, Lakewood Parks and Recreation.

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