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‘Leprechaun’ Southernwood
 Artemesia abrotanum ‘Leprechaun’

  • A compact selection of an ancient garden herb that forms a dense mound of ferny green foliage

  • Used here as a waterwise substitute for the boxwood hedges found in formal classical gardens

  • A Plant Select® plant for 2020

  • Aromatic foliage can be dried and used in sachets

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Clematis ‘Summer Snow’, Clematis hybrid

  • Requires rich soil and even moisture.  Shading the roots by planting annuals on top of the clematis root is advisable.
  • Clematis are heavy feeders and need regular fertilizing
  • Prune back to 12” in early spring
  • Clematis are found in Edgar Allan Poe’s Enchanted Garden in Virginia

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‘Wee One’ Dwarf English Lavender
 Lavandula angustifolia ‘Wee One’

  • The most compact lavender in cultivation, a Plant Select Petite ® introduction in 2017

  • Very xeric and heat tolerant, it is used here as a waterwise substitute for the boxwood hedges of classic formal gardens.

  • This timeless and fragrant herb has had many uses in alternative medicine.

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Bulbs (hyacinth, crocus, daffodils, tulips)

  • Often mentioned in classic works, especially poetry; 
    (Emily Dickinson “Daffodils” in 1804).

  • Daffodil is the common name for the genus Narcissus.

  • Bulbs return year after year, and many are deer resistant (exception, tulips).

  • Bulb foliage, which must remain after bloom to make food for the bulb, will dry up and disappear by mid-summer.

  •  Colorful annuals or perennials can hide the dying foliage.

Photo credit:  American Meadows

Climbing Roses, Canada Explorer series, Rosa sp.

  • Climbing roses selected for the Classics bed are from the Canada Explorer roses, developed in Canada to be cold hardy in very harsh winters.

  • They are named after explorers such as John Cabot, George Vancouver, Alexander Mackenzie, and others.  The roses with the largest blooms, most disease resistance, and ease of care were chosen.

  • Roses figure prominently throughout all classic literature and gardens

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Durango Botanic Gardens

Our Location:

The Durango Botanic Gardens are physically located at the Durango Public Library, to the north and east of the library.  The library is located at 1900 E. 3rd Ave., Durango.

There is no admission charge.  Stroll the gardens yourself (there is ample signage in most gardens) or call us at 970-880-4841 to arrange a group tour. See our Information Tab for more.

Contact Us:

10 Town Plaza, #460
Durango, CO  81301    

Phone:  970-880-4841

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