One of the first things that comes to mind when thinking about Colorado is our diverse and beautiful scenery. Every year people from all across our great country come to witness the stunning sights that surround us, and many of these tourists end up at our vast array of National Parks, monuments, and forests. Many Coloradoans take pride in living in one of the most beautiful states in the country, and want to bring a piece of this beauty into their own backyard.
We put a list together on how you can use the inspiration of our great National Parks in your own garden and backyard.
Rocky Mountain National Park
This park seems to have it all: meadows, lakes, rivers, and of course, mountains! Create mini-mountains in your backyard with some soil, or you could even use rocks from your property. Make these mountains into a row or a circle and have elephant flowers, field milkvetch flowers, alpine fireweed flowers, or parry’s bellflower (all of which are native to Colorado) at the foot of the mountains. You may even be able to incorporate a water feature into your garden!
Garden of the Gods
Known for the dynamic of its jagged red rocks hovering over green trees, Garden of the Gods is a unique landscape of Colorado that is a must-see. If you’ve been to the Garden of the Gods and want to bring this stunning park to your backyard, try getting some small shrubs next to large red rocks. The next time you have a BBQ you’ll be able to tell your friends that they’re eating in your very own Garden of the Gods.
Great Sand Dunes National Park
Home to the tallest sand dunes in North America, this national park has a lot more than just sand. With alpine lakes, mountains, grasslands, wetlands, conifer and aspen forests, and even tundra, everyone can find something to appreciate in this diverse landscape. If you like Japanese gardens, with raked sand, you’ll find great inspiration in this park. You can have sand surrounding rocks, shrubs, flowers, or saplings, and you can even have a small water feature in the middle. This picturesque garden would inspire admiration from the neighbors.
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
Inspiration from this park would be perfect for anyone with a small trench or ravine in their backyard. Black Canyon of the Gunnison features steep cliff formations along a river. Put shrubs at the top of your trench to give your backyard the appeal of this park.
Mesa Verde National Park
Do you love Colorado’s Native American history and cave dwellings? Mesa Verde National Park has a beautiful landscape of cliffs and forests, with Native American homes carved into countryside. While you probably don’t want to carve Native American relics into the rocks on your property, you can use small Native American trinkets in a small garden to celebrate the diverse history of our area.
Don’t Have a Greenthumb?
Not everyone has the time or skills to create and maintain a beautiful landscape, let alone a gorgeous garden. We understand, and want to help. If you need assistance with your lawn, trees and shrubs, or just clearing an area for a garden, give American Turf & Tree Care a call. We’d be glad to talk to you about our services, or maybe even just about how beautiful Colorado is!