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When looking for the right plant, it can be difficult to know what you need and what you're looking at! Here are some commonly used terms to help you become a plant pro!


Annual — Plants that grow, flower, and die in one growing season. Marigolds, cosmos, and zinnia are among many common annuals.

What is a WEED?


There are different types of weeds. Here are definitions from the Weed Science Society of America:

- Weed: “A plant that causes economic losses or ecological damages, creates health problems for humans or animals or is undesirable where is it growing.” Think crabgrass, giant foxtail, or common lambsquarters, for example.

Yellow Ice Plant

     Ground covers are a great way to decorate your yard, lessening weeds, soil erosion, and help minimize water usage! There are many different colors, variations, and environmental needs. Fossil Creek Nursery can help you decide what ground cover would work best in your yard! 

    A ground cover should spread by itself. Species that produce rhizomes or stolons or that spread by offsets or tip layering are best suited for ground covers. They will develop rapidly into a dense cover. Some, however, grow so fast they can become invasive.

Beat the Summer Heat

Written by: Nate Fetig, Owner of Fossil Creek Nursery


Especially in Colorado, having supplemental irrigation is crucial to making sure your landscape beats the heat and survives tough temperatures. Depending on the spring weather and moisture, plants can grow faster and larger or bloom at irregular times. Monitoring bloom times and weather can help you determine the amount of care your plants will need during the warmer months. 


Here are some tips and tricks for making sure your landscapes survive the summer: 

Check out this incredible article by our friends over at CSU!

Caring for your Colorado Landscape: for Beginners

The first step to caring for your landscape is to understand the type of landscape you are working with. Especially if you have recently moved here, or just relocated within the state, the Colorado climate, temperatures, and soil characteristics change the way you tend to your yard. 

Here, we will walk you through a few helpful tips on caring for your Colorado Landscape, but our experts in the Nursery are always available for more guidance. 



If you haven’t already, it’s time to uncover and prune your roses. Remove any deadwood and crossing branches, and prune back to a strong bud that is pointing to the outside of the plant. Then, start feeding them within the next week or so! We recommend using Bill’s Rose Food which can be picked up at Fossil Creek Nursery. This mixture is formulated specifically for the Rocky Mountain and northern Colorado area.

"Candy Stripes" has cute pink and white striped flowers which blanket the foliage in late spring. Plant this one up close where you can watch it bloom!

Summer hail storms can arrive quickly and sometimes without warning, leaving your garden vulnerable to hailstones, high winds, and heavy rain. Even small hail can tear or crush delicate plant leaves, leaving the plants with damage that can be difficult to recover from. Some young plants can be completely destroyed by hail storms, so protecting them before the storms arrive is critical. Common household items can be used to protect the plants from tears and breakage.

Before planting, keep the plant in a cool area and away from direct sunlight and water daily until planted. When moving the tree to the planting location, refrain from carrying the plant by the trunk or stem.


To prepare the hole: dig the hole twice as wide as the container size and 1-2” shallower. Add 1/3 Cotton Burr Compost or Soil Pep to the soil taken out of the hole and mix well.  Be sure to bust up clay chunks!