Not every plant likes to have it cozy, crumbly and moist. Many plants around the world thrive living even in the harshest of growing conditions. Rocks, sand, little moisture and blowing winds are their idea of having a good time while loads of compost, high humidity and wet feet can bring them uncomfortable feelings or even death. So how can you use this information in your wildlife garden? It’s called Right Plant, Right Place and it makes your job so much easier and rewarding when it comes to maintenance, plant replacement and beauty. The “Right Plant” for Florida is not the same as the “Right Plant” for Arizona.
What do all of the above photos have in common? They all live in a harsh ecosystem that wonderfully enough is right around the corner from me! Garden of the Gods is a public park located in Colorado Springs. Along with its magnificent rock formations it is home to many types of plants that like it harsh. We don’t get there as often as we used to when our kids were little, but last week we took an afternoon hike in the warmth of the January thaw. Hiking around the outside of the park lets us see more of the plants and less of the rocks, checking for signs of buds, greening or dormancy.
I would guess many of you will look at the images above and think to yourself: pretty desolate, flowerless and drab. But this park is also filled with lots of wildlife in the warmer months, and has a glow about it during sunrise and sunset that makes it one of the most visited places in Colorado Springs. So maybe we all like it a little harsh, even though we don’t always admit it.
If you are ever in Colorado, try to make a point of visiting the Garden of the Gods. It’s truly a wonder of nature.
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