Quandary looks at High Country wildflowers
What flowers do well in summit?
Well, that depends on if you are growing or gazing. Wildflowers can be great for the Summit gardener as well as the Summit hiker, depending on what you are looking for.
If you are growing your petals, look for flowers that have short growing periods. Summit doesn’t really make itself friendly to flowers until around Father’s Day so if you want to try and grow flowers that have a growing period longer than that, try planting inside first and give your buds a little tender love before transplanting them outside. Oftentimes wildflowers will actually be your best bet for a garden at this altitude. According to the Summit County Garden Club, if you put in the work a flower like a Columbine can continue to bloom into late September. Other flowers that do well in a garden here are both wild and hybrid roses, sedums, many types of lilies, pretty much all poppies, annuals and most spring bulbs. Also, the shy flowers do well here including the wall flower and, of course, pansies.
If figuring out grow seasons and deadheading doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, there are also plenty of ways to enjoy flowers without starting your own garden. The garden club hosts annual garden tours for one option, and there are plenty of great hikes with beautiful flowers as well. Some of the top hikes for viewing flowers are Mohawk Lakes, Hoosier Pass, Baldy Mountain, Cucumber Gulch and Oro Grande. All of these hikes will vary in difficulty and length so consult a guide book before venturing out. Also, the beauty of each hike will differ depending on the time of year so be aware of what areas are best for early or late bloomers. For more information on hikes consult Mary Ellen Gilliland’s “Summit Hiker” and for more information about making your garden grow visit with one of our local landscapers or the garden club.
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