Linda Boley’s garden in Boulder, Colorado, is a treat for birds, people, and pollinators.
Whether it’s design, installation, or maintenance, this is a DIY garden, grown out of the essentially blank slate that existed when Linda moved here in 1977. Though a retired graphic designer, Linda has degrees in botany and zoology and is a volunteer naturalist. Her garden sustains local wildlife in multiple ways.
Instead of a lawn, the front of the house is a sunny rock garden, covered with a patchwork of Sedums, Ice Plant, Sempervivums, Hardy Geranium, and finely textured grasses.
These are punctuated by taller perennials like Irises and Golden Columbine (Aquilegia chrysantha).
Around back on the patio you’ll find a flotilla of clay pots planted with grasses and succulents.
The back garden is notable for its array of quirky bird houses.
A closer look – aren’t they great? And how about that bamboo fence?
A portion of the back garden is pleasantly shady, and there is a modest amount of lawn here.
The back garden has several nesting structures for native bees. And I love the leafy pattern that looks like it was stenciled onto the fence.
This garden meets all the essential wildlife needs: food, water, shelter, and cover.
More birdhouses, with Ninebark and what looks like Clematis ‘Nelly Moser’ to one side.
A closer look at ‘Nelly’ and the Ninebark (which could be a good name for a band of musical gardeners). There are several varieties of Clematis in the back and they all seem very happy.
There’s Coral Honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens) blooming on the other side of this little birdhouse village.
In a sunny corner of the back garden you’ll find 2 raised beds with drip irrigation for vegetables.
If I were a bird, I would definitely want to take up residence in one of Linda Boley’s birdhouses. As a person, I’m just glad I got to visit.