Angela of Mid Modern Mama knows how important it is to get the right plant in the right place having gardened in five different zones across multiple states. She started Mid Modern Mama as a place to chronicle her family's home improvement projects on their 1958 Atomic Ranch—inside and out. With 300+ sunny days per year, living in Colorado means outdoor living and creating a beautiful, productive garden to be enjoyed all year round.
A Colorado Master Gardener, Angela is working to transform what was a barren and lifeless backyard into an ecosystem of abundance, color, and joy. She has divided her average standard suburban plot into multiple gardening areas, each with a purpose and a specific vocabulary of plants including a backyard orchard, a vegetable garden, a cutting garden, and a wildlife pond. With a focus on native plants and cultivars, Angela plants with wildlife in mind while also creating beautiful spaces for every season.
To create shade in her sunny backyard, Angela and her family built the Shade House – a seating area surrounded by lush plants from Monrovia. Architecturally, based on the shade houses of Victorian plant collectors, Angela's Shade House is filled with her favorite plants – sheltered from the sometimes harsh sun more than a mile above sea level.
Shade House Plants
Backyard Orchard Plants
A fruit-producing variety and a male pollenizer together in the same container, providing a higher yield of small, delicious smooth-skinned fruit. This vigorous vine offers glossy foliage and fragrant white blooms in early summer, making it a showy landscape specimen.Climbs 20-25’ tall, spreading 12-20’ with support. Zones 4-8.