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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.


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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

Fail Proof Perennials

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

Fail-Proof Perennials

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

Fail-Proof Perennials

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.

Moonshine Yarrow

Fail-Proof Perennials

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.


Fail-Proof Perennials

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.



Fail-Proof Perennials

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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Seasonal Colors

Seasonal Color

Seasonal Colors

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, WaitSeasonal Colors

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 WateringSeasonal Colors

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 SpillersSeasonal Colors

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.


Our professional team here at Lifescape would love to help you with your seasonal color and all your landscaping design, construction, and maintenance needs. Call 303.831.8310 to set up your consultation today.