For my final post on the Denver Garden Bloggers Fling, let’s take a look at the garden of Panayoti Kelaidis. Mr. Kelaidis is a substantial presence in the world of horticulture. For starters, he is the senior curator and outreach director at the Denver Botanic Gardens. He’s also an international plant explorer, an author with a variety of books to his credit, and many other accomplishments too extensive to list here.


His garden is a half acre set on a rocky slope with a view of the mountains. That mass of Achillea in the background is striking even before the flowers burst into bloom. The stone bowl of Sempervivum is also pretty cool.


Whoa! These Yucca elata in bloom have serious charisma. (Note: the only reason I know the name is because they are identified in Pam Penick’s post about this garden, which is definitely worth a look.)


Prickly Pear in bloom.


I don’t think I ever saw so much Mullein in a single garden. It certainly makes itself at home in this dry, sunny space. Those fuzzy stems and leaves look almost cuddly.


The bright yellow flowers are dazzling when blooming in quantity.


A ceramic sun makes a very apt emblem for this sunlit locale.


There needs to be a water feature even on this arid plot of ground. I like it’s location at the base of a stone wall.


Not sure of the names of this grass or the pink flowers (some kind of Ice Plant?), but what a great combination on their rocky perch.


It’s not all xeric tough guys in this garden. Even here, there is space for roses, vegetables, and herbs.


OK, I have a name for this sculpture: Dancing Junkyard Fairies.


And a farewell view of the house, nestled among robust and beautiful plantings.

29 Comments on “The Garden of Panayoti Kelaidis”

  1. I really, really like this garden. There’s lots to relate to, as well. I was pleased to see Pam Penick mentioned. I came across her blog when I was trying to identify some pink Turk’s cap I’d come across. The Mullein is thick out in the hill country, and it’s always fun to find it alongside the roads on rocky slopes. It is cuddly and soft: so much so that the local name for it is ‘cowboy toilet paper.’ You can imagine why.

  2. Such a beautiful and well-thought-out garden!
    The bowl of succulents looks cool indeed and I like also very much the “black iron” (I’m not sure which material they really are) details in the garden and the house.
    Thank you, as always, for your comment. I do hope you will be able to visit both Italy and Finland. 🙂
    Let’s hope the virus can be controlled before long.
    Stay safe!

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