Monday, July 18, 2016

2016 Alpine Village Garden Contest

Drought conditions early this summer have made gardening a challenge.  There are still some lovely garden displays to be seen including hanging baskets, containers, annuals and perennials.  Some houses have also shown creativity by designing drought-resistant gardens.

Rather than focus on a few gardens, we would like to congratulate our whole village on a job well done.  We invite everyone as they walk, drive or bike around Alpine Village to notice the colours in all types of gardens.  It has taken our neighbours extra effort to keep things beautiful.  Hats off to everyone’s gardens, and it was also nice to see displays of Canadian pride for Canada Day!

Below are a few examples of drought resistant plants that we have seen grown around our village. 

Not only does yarrow tolerate heat and drought like a champion, but this easy-growing perennial is also a great cut flower -- and deer, rabbits, and most other pests won't touch it. It comes in a number of varieties with blooms in shades of yellow, orange, red, pink, and white.  Attracts butterflies.

Blanket Flower
A tough prairie plant, gaillardia blooms all summer and into fall. Its flamboyant flowers are usually marked with bright shades of red and yellow.

Russian Sage
We can't help but love Russian sage. One of the toughest plants, it offers fragrant silvery foliage and plumes of violet-purple blooms. Taller varieties are great for the back of the border. Not only is it heat and drought resistant, but deer, rabbits, and most other pests steer clear of it.  It also does well in containers.

Cushion Spurge
Electric yellow bracts bloom on a low cushion in April and persist, but gently fade as the stems elongate to form a 16-inch mound by midsummer. The leaves produce shades of red, orange, and purple in autumn.