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Is Your Garden as Green as You Think?

Is Your Garden as Green as You Think?

A Colorado garden can look and feel like a natural haven, but many landscapes are not as earth-friendly and sustainable as they appear. Your gardening practices, such as the types of plants you choose and the details you focus on, can make a huge difference on your garden’s environmental impact. Here are some tips for making your garden a little…

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5 Reasons to Include Kale in Your Garden

5 Reasons to Include Kale in Your Garden

Kale is one of the most nutrient dense plants you can introduce to your garden; and many people enjoy growing it for these very benefits. However, kale also holds interest for many gardeners beyond its culinary properties. Here are five reasons to consider adding kale to your Colorado garden. Kale adds a burst of color. Ornamental varieties offer hues of…

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Indian Paintbrush

Indian Paintbrush

If you’ve spent any amount of time gazing at our beautiful Colorado landscape, no doubt you’ve noticed a couple fiery spots of color dotting the hillsides and valleys from March through September. If so, there’s a good chance you’ve spotted stands of Indian paintbrush (Castilleja ssp). Upon closer examination, the Indian paintbrush is a small to…

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Create a Sustainable Backyard Getaway

Create a Sustainable Backyard Getaway

Virtually all private home landscaping was sustainable up until the post-war era when everything became “revolutionized.” This included the pesticide and herbicide boom, expansive green lawns, genetically modified plants with no ability to re-seed themselves and so on. Fortunately, we’ve all learned a little lesson about moderation, and now the pendulum is swinging back to…

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Summer Gardening Tips & Tricks

Summer Gardening Tips & Tricks

If you speak with any long-time gardener, you’ll hear stories of trial-and-error, great ideas gone wrong and accidental happenings gone right. Take advantage of this wisdom, and apply these Colorado gardening tips to your own landscape design. Learn New Colorado Gardening Tips & Tricks for Your Summer Garden Raise the mower blade. Sure, a perfectly manicured lawn is attractive, but…

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Beautiful Garden Path Ideas

Beautiful Garden Path Ideas

Garden paths are more than just functional landscape design elements — they can alter the flow, aesthetic appeal and energy of your Colorado garden design. Indeed, a winding “natural” path has a much different visual impact than a straight line of pavers or a square-cornered path found in manicured English gardens. The following design ideas are great for creating beautiful…

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Top Perennials for Sheltered Gardens

Top Perennials for Sheltered Gardens

A shade-tolerant Colorado landscape design sounds like an oxymoron, right? For the most part, Rocky Mountain gardens need to be designed for well-draining soil, water conservation and extreme weather conditions. However, the same mountainous geography we know and love has ample north-facing slopes that enjoy more shade than sun, and your own landscape may have large trees…

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A Colorado Gardener’s July Checklist

A Colorado Gardener’s July Checklist

July is a month in which your Colorado landscape may require a little extra planning and attention. While your landscape transforms into a colorful oasis, most of your gardening tasks may entail an early morning wake up call so you can head outside before the summer sun heats up. Here’s a quick garden checklist for you to…

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Coral Bells

Coral Bells

Today, we’d like to introduce a plant that’s beautiful, easy to grow, can survive hot dry summers, as well as cold snowy winters and isn’t too particular about its watering needs. It might sound too good to be true, but Coral Bells (Heuchera ssp.) are a beautiful addition to any landscape. These perennials are a prime…

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Dealing with the Effects of Heat in Your Colorado Garden

Dealing with the Effects of Heat in Your Colorado Garden

As long as you’re planting drought-tolerant and drought-resistant plants, why not seek a specific kind of plant? The Drought Evader. We love this term coined by Gary Paul Nabhan in a recent Mother Earth News article. It describes plants that not only survive drought, but can also harness minimal watering to speed up its flower-to-veg cycle,…

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