Sometimes it's nice to skip the years of growth from seed and go strait to buying a free-flowering plant from Yucca-do. Probably not hardy outdoors, even here.
Here's a hardy Coryphantha for you- C. similis. Maybe better known as Escobaria missouriensis var. navajoensis. This plant is blooming and attracting green native bees in Kevin's Boulder, Colorado neighbourhood-median-garden. If you are like me, and miss the obvious, the petals are metallic and reflective. Note, too, it's blooming in summer, which is nice when the bulk of cacti bloom in mid-late spring.
Eriogonum grande var. rubescens. San Miguel Island Buckwheat. It has been blooming for months and I hope it makes my fellow buckwheat lovers jealous. It's in part-shade, dry clay, watered lightly once a week or less. It was planted April 2014.
Ring Muhly, Muhlenbergia torreyi, near Bristol Head, Creede, CO. This miniature and incredibly long-lived grass must be grown more often. I have seen a plant the same size as this, in a garden, confirmed to be decades old. To propagators out there: I will send you material, and Mike Bone of DBG says its easy from cuttings. He's right.
Opuntia englemanii var. linheimeri, Agave parryi, and Heterotheca jonesii. The mat aster is there to prevent weeds from growing in the Agave which would be dangerous to pull.
Jone's Mat Aster or Jone's Goldenaster, Heterotheca jonesii.
She is thriving without irrigation and attracting these fun miniature butterflies.
Bouteloua gracilis, or Blue Grama, brilliantly used in a downtown Grand Junction parkway. (It's in bloom) I would love to find out how often it is watered and mown. I am curious what others feel about the aesthetics of an ornaental native grass like this: Does it look shaggy or like it was a lawn that has not been mown? What do you think of this landscape?