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Plea for cuttings, etc. for barren yard!

Posted by Erylyn 5 Colorado Front Ran (My Page) on
Sat, Jun 4, 11 at 12:23

Help, again...

I have moved to Colorado (northern front range), have lots of sandy soil, little water (conservation laws & rightly so!) and, being a landscape designer (retired), I've decided to xeriscape the lot, minus the veg. garden.

I have no local sources for xeriscaping plants: garden centres are quite a drive away, and my neighbours either use in-ground sprinklers or they cover their yards with rocks. I'd like to start a small trend in our little town of using plants - as well as rocks!)- to check the soil erosion problem and attract a bit of wildlife. I haven't even seen a butterfly. Just a few stray Mourning Doves.

But to get back to my plea with all of you, is there anyway I can pay for, trade for, send postage for, etc. divisions or cuttings of: sedums, sempervivums, thymes, lavenders, artemisias, even shrub willows, and desert shrubs/wild plants??

Thanks for listening!

Follow-Up Postings:

RE: Plea for cuttings, etc. for barren yard!

Move it on down.

RE: Plea for cuttings, etc. for barren yard!

Will jade (Crassula ovata) grow outdoors where you live without getting sunburned or frostbitten? I have more than I know what to do with.

How about aeoniums?

I have some graptoveria and graptopetalum that seem to respond well to cutting propagation - if it'll grow and thrive out there, I can get a few started for you.

We seem to have a good deal of silverleaf nightshade growing wild out here. I think it's quite pretty, and some like to use it in xeriscaping, but I recently read that it's considered a noxious weed. I could try to gather some for you, but I'd highly recommend reading up on it so you can decide if you really want to add it to your yard.

RE: Plea for cuttings, etc. for barren yard!

Erylyn, you may be able to do a few swaps over on the plant swap forum but your zone 5 cold temps would kill off most anything I am growing here.
Good luck

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