Here are a few shots from that beautiful place, the Denver Botanic Gardens.
Many of the plants in flower were the same as we grow in zone 7 Oklahoma but about a third are species that can't take the amount of moisture and humidity we have.
While some flowers were fading from the heat and the late-August season, the beauty of the gardens is remarkable.
We noticed how large the plants were and the number of flowers they had in a summer like this one. Other gardeners we met wondered what they use to fertilize!
Several basil varieties were in bloom in the herb garden along with the oregano and mints.
The sunflowers are gigantic at this time of year and they were interplanted with squash that was going to town, protecting the ground with vines.
The Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory is quite a sight even from across the park. It is filled with tropical and subtropical plants.
The internationally renowned Rock Alpine Garden has 2300 plant species plus a glass house.