Could it get better?
A day after our presentations, a warming trend took Denver from below 0F at night to highs headed for 60F+ by week's end. That capricious Denver just-wait-a-minute weather. It made for seeing gardens through others' eyes even more pleasant. Photos from 1/16-18/2013.
|Susan (L) and Panayoti (R) and the award-winning DBG rock garden. Conifers,|
moundy gray groundcovers, and small yuccas like this Y. harrimannae - oh my!
Warm and dry - a lower elevation, high desert version of a rock garden in this part.
|But the Black Mondo Grass / Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens' - really exotic to me. Perfect for shady areas, sheltered from their 5000' elevation sun - and the concentrated, regular-irrigation oasis part of a landscape. I thought mondo was USDA 7? Maybe not or this species is tougher, since DBG is just inside USDA 6a.|
[JUST READ THAT THIS SPECIES IS RATED TOLERANT TO USDA Z 5-10, SUN TO SHADE - here]
I've used typical Mondo Grass / Ophiopogon japonicus in deep shade in Abq, where it's a tiny space and the fine texture pulls off what coarser Liriope cannot.
I also saw some similar-looking mondo grasses in sunny areas, too. Maybe they are more versatile than I would guess?
|Whether the spots are from birds, bugs, dirt, or part of the foliage, they add to the look.|