In the last decade, Colorado has become extremely water conscious, especially in our yards. Some of the most wonderful outcomes have been great xeric plant discoveries that are quickly becoming staples in yards all across the Front Range. Ice plant is a genus of plants that are native to South Africa and have proven to be quite suited for life in the arid west region of the United States. Plant Select®, a collaboration between the Denver Botanic Gardens and Colorado State University, has been at the forefront of researching and developing plants for xeric gardens in Colorado.
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I am sure you have noticed that the early heat is affecting the timing of all plant life. Most everything is blooming about two to three weeks ahead of it’s normal cycle. Unfortunately it has not affected the way many people water things, and there are lawns and plants alike that need more water out there. It is already that time that you should be watering your garden almost everyday. Lawns will probably be requiring more water as well.
Hybrid tea roses have been popular in gardens in the U.S. and Europe for over a century. Every year nurseries bring in new and exciting hybrid tea variety roses as well as old standards. On the Front Range, having a rose garden is a great way to get that old-world formal garden feel. Rose gardens also have a sentimental appeal to many people, reminding them of their mother or grandmother's garden. Due to the fact that hybrid teas need to be insulated over winter in Colorado, they are usually only available in the spring, so be sure come in early when we have the largest quantities.
It is time to get that garden space tilled and ready for vegetables. Typically the frost free date is May 15th in our area. The long term forecast for this area shows no nights under 45 degrees for the next ten days so it is time to plant. I have planted my potatoes, onions, green onions, carrots, broccoli, peas, lettuce, tomatoes, beans, artichokes, and lots of peppers.
Now that we're in the thick of spring, perennials are really starting to show off in landscapes all around the Front Range. Seeing all the blooms really got me excited about spring and this growing season. Because of this, I thought it would be appropriate to talk about some perennial varieties that are good for causing some spring excitement in the yard. Here are some varieties that I've noticed showing off around town in the last week.
With as warm as we have been this spring, it seems that everything is a few weeks ahead of normal. Nearly all the early blooming trees have bloomed and passed already. This week I thought I would talk about a pretty common perennial that is a great way to get some vibrant early color in your yard. Creeping phlox is quite common on the front range and for good reason. This reliable perennial is very hardy and can handle our hot dry spells during the summer and winter. The early blooms on this perennial cover the entire plant giving a mass of color early in the year.
It is the season for weeds! The weather has been beautiful and with the recent moisture we are going to have plenty of weeds cropping up. And if you are like me, you already have more than your fair share. I recommend that you spot spray every week as a part of your mowing schedule to stay on top of any weeds you may have. Hi Yield Kills All is great for any spraying in areas where there are no other plants. It is a systemic weed killer and will kill anything that it touches that is green. The best thing about it is you can spray an area and in 7-14 days you can plant in that area.
I hope that winter was kind to all of you. March is here and spring is around the bend. We have had a lot of wind so if you haven’t watered your landscape plants you may want to get out and do that. Also, your lawn may be dry and could require a drink, so you may want to get your pre-emergent weed control down before you water your lawn. Now is the time to think about cleaning up your perennial beds.
We hope that everyone had a fantastic holiday season and wanted to let you know that all our 2012 events and seminars are now posted on the events page of our website. Be sure to check them out to see when your perennial favorite event is or to see when that class you've been needing is. The seminar series this year kicks off in just over two weeks! Hope to see you at some of our events this year.