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Designing with Ornamental Grasses

We have talked about flowers and trees but what about our beautiful grasses? Grass creates the foundation for most of our landscapes and incorporated correctly can be used to create colorful and amazing designs. Ornamental grasses are also a great way to add depth to your designs while keeping water consumption to a minimum.

 Blue Avena

Ornamental Grasses

 

This grass adds a great sense of texture and color with its blue foliage and tall flowering spikes. Blue Avena is a drought tolerant grass that can be mass planted or alone for accenting purposes. This is a great grass for a xeric landscape.

 Little Blue Stem

Ornamental Grasses

Source: Proven Winners

This natural beauty adds an array of colors through the summer months and is tolerant of multiple climate conditions from average in moisture to nearly arid. Little Blue Stem grass can thrive in acidic or alkaline soils and can establish quickly on disturbed soil. It is a perfect choice for landscapes with banks, slopes and trails.

 Buffalo Grass

Ornamental Grasses

Source: Stock Seed Farms

Sod-forming grasses like Buffalo is great low maintenance turf that long for the warm seasons. It is perhaps our only true native turf grass in America. It’s tolerance to droughts and extreme temperatures help it to survive harsh environmental conditions. Requiring 50% of the water requirements as that of blue grasses and fescues.

 Elijah Blue Grass

Ornamental Grasses

Source: White Flower Farm

Elijah Blue is a small, clumping grass. The soft blue foliage keeps its color year-round making this a top choice for grasses. Elijah Blue is prone to dry conditions and the drought tolerant grass makes it perfect for rock gardening. It also being small and compact in size makes this a great choice for adding to your containers.

Miscanthus

Ornamental Grasses

Source: Gardenia.net

This is an elegant grass to bring into your landscape for dimension, color and movement. Miscanthus for design purposes is considered to be very versatile. It can be used in a variety of ways from screening, planting in containers, to edging. It produces red plumes in early fall as well as almond colored foliage during the winter months.

 Feather Reed

Ornamental Grasses

Source: The Garden Factory

 

If you are in Colorado’s semiarid climate you may have a moderately moist garden. Feather Reed grass can be a great dramatic accent for your garden. This is an all-time favorite with its ever-changing hues throughout the seasons. Being very winter hardy it requires almost no care. It also is versatile and would go great in containers, on patios, or terraces.

 

If you are looking to branch out with your landscape this season let Lifescape help you to design, construct and maintain your landscape? Call 303-831-8310 to set up your consultation with our team of landscape experts today.

 

 

 

 

 

Organics and Your Landscape

It is no secret that we here at Lifescape pride ourselves on being green and sustainable. One of the many ways our maintenance division continues their commitment to sustainable practices is through the use of organic fertilizers and probiotics.

Probiotics

Organics

 

Probiotics are microorganisms used for their beneficial qualities for humans. More recently medicines have been introduced for that sole purpose. But have you heard about plant probiotics? Just as humans can benefit from the good bacteria, plants also benefit from certain microbes.

 

Water Efficient Landscapes

organics

 

Using probiotics to fortify the soil food web and balance the soil ecosystem lead to stronger, more resilient plants. This way they better withstand insects, disease, and the Colorado climate. Because we specialize in water-efficient landscapes plant probiotics increase the uptake of nutrients while growing a deeper, more web-like root system.

Key Factors

organics

Key factors to our organic fertilizers are definitely in our ingredients. These include things such as Kelp which is a seaweed known to help human metabolism. It also promotes seed germination, plant cell division and stimulates uptake of plant nutrients. Next, we have Yucca Extract. This edible plant from Mexico and the Caribbean serves as a natural spreader sticker, wetting agent, and soil conditioner. Other ingredients we use are a bit more complicated such as the following:

  • Endo & Ecto Mycorrhizae – Forming a symbiotic relationship between roots and fungus, it’s used to assist with water and nutrient uptake.
  • Humic & Fulvic Acids – This enhances seed germination and promotes root development while supporting respiration of microorganisms in the soil.
  • Concentrated Compost Tea – Slightly different than your morning beverage, it helps foster a biologically diverse soil ecosystem with indigenous microorganisms like protozoa and nematodes.

 

With the use of organics in your landscape, your plants will grow faster, and lawns will be greener. We offer an organics program as part of our maintenance and construction packages so that you can see these types of results in your garden.

Let Lifescape help you to design, construct and maintain your landscape? Call 303-831-8310 to set up your consultation with our team of landscape experts today.

 

 

Lifescape Sponsoring Garden at Park Hill Garden Walk

Lifescape would like to invite you to join us on a Garden Tour this Saturday, June 17, 2017, from 9:00 -3:00 p.m. in Denver. Lifescape is sponsoring a garden designed by our very own Tonya McGibney.

Garden Walk

 

This unique Park Hill property sits on busy Colorado Boulevard, but with additional lot space south of the home it creates a surprisingly tranquil back yard space with many ways to enjoy the outdoors and entertain guests. This outdoor space was designed to create rooms featuring a firepit, pergola, fountain and outdoor grilling area and plantings that soften and create intimacy in the urban surroundings. Lifescape is proud of the design, installation and that we continue to maintain this beautiful property.

 

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Garden Walk

Tickets are on sale now at the link below. We look forward to seeing you there.

2050 Colorado Blvd., Denver, Colorado

Lifescape is Garden #3

http://parkhillgardenwalk.org

Beautiful Trees of Colorado

Colorado definitely has a way with its natural beauty. Those of us who get to wake up here every day are always in for a special treat. That’s why we want to give the beautiful trees that thrive here their due credit. We want to share these trees that will make your landscape even more amazing.

Austrian Pine

Source: CHS Horticulture

This pine was planted as part of the nation’s great Dust Bowl Shelterbelt project. This tree is said to rival all pines in durability under adverse conditions and is the toughest of all European Pines. These fast growing, large evergreens grow in an oval shape, are great for screening and can provide nesting sites and shelter for owls.

Winter King Hawthorn

Colorado Trees

Source: Oregon State University

This small to medium in stature, ornamental tree is truly a four-season tree and will provide interest year-round. Highly adaptable it is drought tolerant and does well in small spaces. Winter time is where it truly comes alive bearing fruit. It is truly a “King” among the trees here in Colorado and a must-have for your yard this year.

 Gambel Oak

Source: Oregon State University

Source: Oregon State University

One of Colorado’s major tree species also known as the Rocky Mountain White Oak thrives in open areas of low precipitation where subfreezing temperatures do not last year long. Rising up to as much as 15 feet in elevations over 4,000 feet, it’s an important food source for deer, livestock, and squirrels, who store the acorns for winter. An excellent choice for a more native/rustic landscape.

Japanese Tree Lilac

Trees of Colorado

 

The most common type of Japanese Tree Lilac seen in the Denver area is called the “Ivory Silk”. This small flowering ornamental tree shines as a single or multi-stem with clusters of white flowers on a naturally attractive shape with a reddish bark. With a beauty that also produces a lovely fragrance, they are hardy to our area and are able to withstand temperatures as low as 30 degrees below zero. This tree will bring a beautiful and exotic look to your landscape.

 

Kentucky Coffeetree

Colorado Trees

Source: Arkansas Native Plant Society

The Kentucky Coffeetree’s picturesque profile stands out in all seasons. While it may not be very attractive before reaching full height, it is well worth the wait. It has extreme drought tolerance and grows in just about any soil. Once fully grown it will serve as a great shade tree with a spreading canopy adding visual interest to your yard.

 

Let Lifescape help you to design, construct and maintain your landscape? Call 303-831-8310 to set up your consultation with our team of landscape experts today.

Spring Time Planting at Lifescape

Spring has sprung at Lifescape and we are in our first planting phase here at the office. Our crews have been hard at work and we’re excited to get some new trees and color in the ground.

Spring Time Planting

 

Spring Time Planting

 

Spring Time Planting