Colorado’s climate can be harsh at times, so when it comes to planting beautiful horticulture, you want to make sure you have something you can continue to enjoy year after year. Plants that can handle Colorado’s drought-tolerant landscape and provide your backyard with color comes easy when you use these fail-proof perennials that can provide what you are seeking now and for years to come.
May Night Salvia
Salvia is a great choice for adding color. These deep violet-purple flowers sprout up to 18 inches with a green foundation and for those of you who love to watch the hummingbirds and butterflies, salvia attracts them with leaves that can leave a pleasant aroma.
Husker Red Penstemon
Source: Potters Road Nursery Inc.
These native flowers are a deep burgundy and prove to be drought resistant. While in bloom in early summer, white flowers with a touch of pink can grow up to 34 inches and draw in hummingbirds and other pollinators. They are rarely bothered by diseases or insects and would make a wonderful addition to your landscape.
As many of you know this is a staple in many gardens. This flat-topped canary yellow cluster of flowers match well with a variety of colors. They bloom beginning in early summer and will rebloom if cut back after the first round of flowering.
This easy to grow perennial has flowers in shades of pink, purple-blue and white while also unveiling a gray-green foliage that remains throughout the growing season. Loose spikes of flowers cover the soft, green mounds in late spring and early summer. When the blossoms fade you can cut plants back by half, or cut faded flower stems to the ground to encourage them to rebloom.
Last but not least we have Rudbeckia, also known as the “Denver Daisy”.
This hardy perennial will beautify any landscape for years to come! Rudbeckia is quite tolerant of drought after its first season of growth and can withstand a harsh environment. They are not prone to insects and pests and bring vibrant color to your landscape.
This is just the beginning of a long list of drought tolerant and gorgeous fail-proof perennials. The possibilities are endless.
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Spring is here and we are all looking for a color that is long lasting to brighten up our landscapes. When it comes to adding annual flowers or as we call it, seasonal color, there are a few rules you want to follow.
Don’t Rush, Wait
With our crazy Colorado weather, we can still get snow and freezing temperatures in May. You may want to wait to plant your annuals until we’ve passed May 20th, our official freeze date. This is the safest time to plant unless you will be dedicated to bringing them inside or covering them if weather hits and temperatures drop.
Soil Prep, Fertilization and Watering
Whether you’re planting containers, beds or a garden, the time you spend prepping your soil will pay dividends throughout the season. Use a nice fluffy potting mix for your annuals and till in fresh compost in your garden beds. Mix in a slow-release fertilizer with your annual flowers and make sure you have a plan to commit to watering the young plants throughout the hot summer. They will need daily watering if they are in full sun.
Thrillers, Fillers, and Spillers
When designing your container plantings you should have a thriller! This typically is something special in the center as the main focal point. Next use a filler that complements your centerpiece and last but not least, use spillers that drape over the edges and soften the container.
If you’re planting in beds, layer your annuals by height and select colors that fit your taste. Stick with hot or cool colors or complimentary colors and select plants with similar watering requirements to not over or under water certain varieties.
Have fun with your seasonal color. If you follow these rules they should be beautiful and last from late May until frost in fall.
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ASID Happy Hour
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