Welcome to the Wyoming flowers and flower guide, where, the Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja linariifolia) its official state flower and the decidedly popular landscaping tree, the Plains Cottonwood (Populus deltoides), the official state tree. It’s an excellent landscape choice because of its fast growing nature and ability to deal with soils in a wide pH range. Residents enjoy the shade it provides during the sunny summer season.
Wyoming’s high plains and mountainous regions create unique flower garden circumstances for its residents. As any season gardener knows, a bit of soil amendments and a sunny, warm season are all that’s necessary to get a beautiful flower garden off the ground. With those tips in mind, two publications from the University of Wyoming Extension are all a gardener needs to get started. The author of Herbaceous Perennials for Wyoming introduces the topic with a word of caution:
Wyoming’s climate can be stressful for many plants. Low rainfall, low humidity, high wind, cold winters, and rapid temperature changes can combine to kill many plants during the winter. A short growing season often limits growth. Local soils almost always need improvement to support the long-term growth of most herbaceous perennials.
After providing the necessary information to deal with the garden environment, the author provides a surprisingly large amount of perennials that can thrive in Wyoming gardens, even in high altitude environments up to 10,000 feet. Popular commercial species such as Daylilies, Irises and Peony in the garden? No problem. Popular native herbaceous perennials such as Windflowers and Bleeding Hearts? Again, once the soil is right, no big deal.
Annuals are easier to grow almost anywhere when the consumer goes to a local plant nursery and purchases ready to plant seedlings after the first frost. Wyoming is not different. The publication Flowering Annuals for Wyoming lays out the gardening process in a few easy to read steps. Thinking annuals in Wyoming requires a bit of imagination. The cold climate means that most perennials don’t have staying power from year to year, and many annuals are really the perennials that are grown from seedlings and planted on a year by year basis. Dianthus (pictured), for example, can easily grow and flower throughout the sunny summer months.
Standard garden flowers such as hollyhock, marigolds, petunias and zinnea can also grow easily in the garden. The publication provides all the basic information for getting the garden prepped, along with providing a long list of annuals and their flower color(s) and soil and sun requirements. Downloading the two resources is as easy as clicking the link and moving the PDF files onto the laptop or mobile device.
Wyoming calls Yellostone National Park one of its own treasures. It’s also a treasure for people around the world who flock to it for its scenic beauty. A publication called Pocket Guide to the Native Plants of Teton County provides both residents and tourists a great hiking identification tool. Readers can download the pocket guide onto their mobile device, allowing them to keep their hnds free of a paper version during their hike, yet still have the ability to look up any interesting tree, flower or grass they cross paths with during an outing. Residents receive a double bonus because the guide also includes some planting instructions. The picture shows a checkermallow, one of the area’s native flowering plants.
Gratography members can easily contribute to our flowers section. The most difficult decision might be choosing a favorite flowers category. Press any of the gray buttons at the bottom of the page to browse the wildflowers and garden flowers of the state. Register today and start posting flower pictures.