Daylilies have been a staple in gardens across the Front Range for many years. These perennials are easy to grow, very adaptable to different conditions and are widely available in many different shapes, colors and sizes. Some daylilies are repeat bloomers, putting out new flowers all summer long, while other bloom for a relatively short 2-3 week period each year. Right now is a great time to come to the nursery and shop for daylilies while they are in bloom!
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You can feel the days warming and getting longer, so it is time to plant away. We wanted to give you a few spring care tips for our area:
Black Spot on Aspen: If you have had black spot problems on aspen you should try to spray the tree with a fungicide. One spraying now will keep you from having those ugly leaves in July.
This past Sunday marked the begining of spring, even though it sure has seemed like it was already here for most of February. It certainly is starting to feel like spring here around the nursery as more plant material is arriving every day. While much of our material is still coming in, right now we have our full selection of spring bulbs, onion sets, and seed potatoes. Now is a great time to get these things planted. This year we are carrying the following varieties of onions and potatoes (while supplies last):
Sometimes on the Front Range we struggle with figuring out a plant palette that can survive our harsh environment but adds interest to our landscapes. This can be especially true in situations other than full sun. One genus of plants that has really started to see a lot of improved variteis that can be a show stopper in your landscape is Hydrangea. Generally speaking there are two different species of Hydrangea that thrive on the Front Range: smooth hydrangea and panicle hydrangea. Both these species of Hydrangea would prefer at least partial shade on the Front Range to perform the best.
The summer heat is always a time where supplemental irrigation is important in Colorado landscapes; however this year it is as apparent as ever. With the abnormally wet spring that we had, our plants grew faster and larger than they normally would have because they had the water available to support it. Now that the summer monsoons have passed, these large leaves and extra new growth that was put on is having a hard time being supported by our normal irrigation schedules. Here are some tips to help your landscape beat the heat this summer:
On the Front Range of Colorado we sometimes find ourselves envious of all the big, beautiful, colorful plants that grow elsewhere but can't survive in our unforgiving climate. We often make up for this by planting a lot annuals to get bold color into our landscapes in the summer. We do have some options of shrubs that are cold hardy in the Front Range that can provide us with that color that we so desparately crave. One of these options is Rose of Sharon or Althea, which is a very unique shrub for our area. Rose of Sharon produce very tropical looking flowers in the summer.
With national pollinator week wrapping up this past Sunday we’ve got pollinators on the mind. I know that the word pollinator brings to mind an image of bees immediately, however they’re only a small portion of the image. There are about 200,000 species of animals and that aid in the act of pollination ranging from bees and butterflies to bats and mice. Us as humans depend greatly upon the act of pollination that these animals and insects make happen. Pollination not only secures our food sources, but is also critical in production of medicine, fibers, spices and more.
All this rain has left our northern Colorado planting beds a muddy mess. Soil saturation is typically not something we have to worry about too much in such an arid climate. But this spring has been atypical, to say the least.
Your first instinct is probably to grab a shovel to dig out this over-saturated soil. But turning the soil will likely compact it more than it already is. This will prohibit roots from spreading properly and create extra run-off.
With all the rain we’ve had, weeds are starting to take over yards, gardens, and planting beds all over Northern Colorado (or will be soon). Dandelions, bind weed, and thistle are some of the more common culprits.
Here are some tips to give you the upper hand: