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Americans spend nearly 90 percent of their time indoors. Allergens, volatile organic compounds and other pollutants travel throughout our inside space’s air on any given day. In the late 1980’s, NASA and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America studied using houseplants to purify the air of space facilities. They discovered that several houseplants can significantly help improve the quality of the air, and lucky for us- help clean indoor air on Earth, too!

Here are some common, low maintenance house plants to help spruce up your spaces while purifying your air.  

This spring season, freshen up your yard with bursts of vibrant color! From April 13-15 take 10% off all early blooming shrubs at our nursery. We have a wide selection of plants that would be great additions to any yard.

Color your yard year-round with blooming shrubs and stop by this weekend! 

Fossil Creek Nursery is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is located at 7029 S. College Avenue in Fort Collins. 

Bare Root Plant Sale

It is that time of year again where we help you plan for next year! Attached at the bottom of this blog is our bare root list for the spring of 2017.  Come in today and pre-order all your bare root plants for next year.

Daylilies for Summer Color

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!

Black Spot on Aspen

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. 

Spring Bulbs and Seed Potatoes

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):


Bare Root Pre-Order

It is that time of year again where we help you plan for next year! Attached at the bottom of this blog is our bare root list for the spring of 2016.  Come in today and pre-order all your bare root plants for next year.

Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea

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:

Rose of Sharon for Big Summer Color

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.