Rocky Mountains

May, 2004
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Chapungu Sculpture Exhibit
Denver Botanic Gardens presents a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition of African sculptures never before seen in the Rocky Mountain region from May 31 to October 31, 2004. "Chapungu: Custom and Legend, A Culture in Stone" is an extraordinary collection of contemporary Zimbabwe stone sculpture of the Shona people of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Africa. Over 80 contemporary African sculptures that celebrate the connection all humanity shares with nature, culture, and art will be displayed. For more information call (720) 865-3500, or visit: http://www.botanicgardens.org

Favorite or New Plant

Spotted Dead Nettle
Spotted dead nettle (Lamium maculatum) produces a mat of variegated foliage to enhance the shade garden. Leaves are marked with a stroke, splash, or almost complete coat of silver, bringing light to dim locations. In part shade and moist, well-drained soils, spotted dead nettle will grow quickly and fill in open spots. It readily roots at the leaf joints to form a tidy ground cover. The short spikes of hooded flowers, although not the main attraction, also create a nice display. Blooms appear in late April to early May on short spikes and are typically pink, but there are cultivars with rose-pink and white flowers. Use lamium as a ground cover under trees and shrubs, on shaded slopes, in shade gardens, and as a cover for bulb gardens. Use it in containers and hanging baskets to accent annual flowers. The foliage variegation creates movement in the garden, giving the effect of dappled light.

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