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Plan now for Spring Color!

Fall is the perfect time to begin preparing your garden for the spring and Lifescape is here to help. In order to create a garden that will be filled with color throughout the spring, there are important steps needing to be taken before the ground freezes. Hardy flowering bulbs need to be planted at just the right time with just the right conditions in order to get the best results for Spring.

Photo courtesy of Spring Hill Nurseries

The following tips are how we are successfully planting spring flowering bulbs in gardens this fall:

  1. Plant bulbs before the freezing temperatures arrive.

While it’s hard to say exactly when the temperatures will hit freezing in Colorado, September and October are usually a safe time to prepare gardens for the spring. It is important to make sure that bulbs are planted before the soil freezes.

Photo courtesy of Spring Hill Nurseries

  1. Take the time to prepare your soil.

For your bulbs to thrive, they will need well-draining soil. Clay soil will need to be loosened up and tilled and amended with compost or organics.

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  1. Select a variety of bulbs that will extend your blooming season.

To create a spring garden that continuously blooms throughout the season, select bulbs that will bloom at different points in the spring. For example, we plant early and late blooming tulips for lasting color. Crocus also tend to bloom early and will help to welcome the spring season. Daffodils offer bountiful blooms and are deer resistant. Allium bulbs will give your garden a modern look. The more bulbs that planted now, the better spring gardens will look.

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Our crew of professionals at Lifescape Colorado are ready to help create and maintain beautiful flowering bulb beds throughout the year for your home. Contact us to learn more about our year-round garden and landscape maintenance services.

Create a Fall Landscape that Thrives in Colorado

September is officially here, and the temperatures in Colorado are beginning to drop. Don’t let the change in seasons fool you into thinking that gardening and growing season is over, though. In fact, this is the ideal time to plant many perennials and shrubs in your fall landscape.

Which Types of Plants Should You Consider for Your Fall Landscape in Colorado?

When choosing plants for your fall garden, take color into consideration. Plants that offer seasonal fall color include mums, kale, and pansies. These types of plants are ideal options for replacing your tired summer annuals. However, keep in mind that pansies may overwinter if you water them during dry periods.

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Other great choices for fall plantings include coneflower, aster, golden current, ornamental grasses, and dwarf burning bush. These plants and shrubs will offer a spectacular color during the fall season and come back year after year. You should also mix in some ornamental evergreens as they will provide wintertime interest in your landscape.

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Use Fall as an Opportunity to Prepare Your Landscape for the Spring

When you take the time to plant native plants and shrubs in the fall, you will give them a leg up for the spring season. While temperatures start to cool down in the fall, the soil is still warm. Planting the right plants and shrubs during the fall will allow them to establish a good root system and thrive in the spring.

 

Take the time now to plant bulbs in the ground for beautiful blooms in the following spring. Ideas for bulbs to plant now include colorful dwarf iris, gaillardia, and galanthus. Cover these plantings with mulch to preserve moisture and protect them from the deep winter freeze.

When choosing plants and shrubs for your fall garden, make yourself aware of their watering needs. Proper watering will help to preserve the vibrant fall colors of plants and shrubs.

Preparing your garden for the fall and getting a leg up on the spring growing season is hard work. Allow our professionals at Lifescape Colorado to help your garden thrive all year-round. Contact us to learn how we can help you with your Colorado landscape and garden year-round.

Amazing Trees for Colorado

There’s something special about the natural beauty you wake up to everyday here in Colorado. Therefore, there must be something special about the trees that truly thrive here. Here are some examples of trees that will make your landscape even more amazing.

Source: Fourth Grade Foresters USA

Source: Fourth Grade Foresters USA

Austrian Pine – Planted as part of the nation’s great Dust Bowl Shelterbelt project, it has thrived in some of the worst climate and soil conditions. These large evergreens grow in an oval shape, are great for screening and can provide nesting sites and shelter for owls.

King Winter Hawthorn

Source: Wandsnider Landscape Architects

 

Winter King Hawthorn – This small- to medium-sized ornamental is truly a four-season tree. It produces showy fruits in the fall and winter, flowers in the spring and a clean summer foliage. Growing best in full to partial sun and well-drained soil, it can adapt to poor soil, heat and drought; making it ideal for our semiarid climate.

Source: The Hilltop

Source: The Hilltop

Gambel Oak – One of the state’s major tree species also known as the Rocky Mountain white oak, it 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.

Source: Landscape Alaska

Source: Landscape Alaska

Japanese Tree Lilac – With a beauty that also produces a lovely fragrance, 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. Thriving in any well-drained soil, it seldom suffers from insect or disease concerns.

Source: TreeRemoval

Source: TreeRemoval

Kentucky Coffeetree – It has extreme drought tolerance and grows in just about any soil with a spreading canopy that can shield gardens from direct sunlight. It’s not very attractive before reaching full height, but then serves as a great shade tree adding visual interest to your yard.

 

Gorgeous, Low Maintenance Plants Great for Xeriscapes

The Rocky Mountains of Colorado are a breeding ground for gorgeous, low maintenance plants ideal for Xeriscapes. There are so many wonderful varieties to choose from with colors, textures, and forms you can endlessly feast your eyes on.

What is Xeriscaping?

Xeriscapes are landscapes centered around low maintenance plants, which are tolerant in droughts and require little water. Even though once established, these plants can survive in harsh conditions with little water, they do need to be carefully watered during the establishment period.

Gorgeous, Low Maintenance Plants Great for Xeriscapes

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Low Maintenance Plants Great for Xeriscapes

Here are some suggestions for several beautiful flowers, shrubs, and grasses to help transform your landscape into a self-sustaining oasis.

1. Yarrow. This group of Rocky Mountain native perennials are smashing in a variety of colors ranging from yellow, to white, to red. Once established, Yarrow require very little water and often spread on their own.

Source: Wikimedia

Source: Wikimedia

2. Iceplants. Not to be confused with the invasive Iceplant that plagues Southern California, the Iceplant native to Colorado is a mat of leaves that range from grey to green. We especially like the shiny, delicate flowers that coat the leaves, ranging from red, to purple, to pink.

3. Spanish Gold Broom. The Spanish Gold Broom is a shrub native to the Mediterranean. The medium-sized, deciduous shrub flourishes with small, yellow blossoms in the late spring. Even in the dead of winter, the stems remain a bright, vivid green.

4. Yucca. Yucca is an easy favorite, and it’s no wonder why. You can choose from a variety of the true evergreen, and the leaves can range from dark green to a demure, blue-green. With this plant, you can bring form and structure to your Colorado landscape all year long.

5. Blue Avena Grass. The striking texture of this grass gives it a unique appeal, and it has an effortlessly graceful look that requires so little maintenance you can just sit back and enjoy its noteworthy beauty.

Don’t let the dry season get the best of you. Lifescape is here to help you design and establish your new xeriscape. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

Top Native Flowers of Colorado

Any experienced Colorado gardener knows spring gardening is tricky business. We can have weeks – or even months – of mild weather, only to find ourselves buried in snow on Memorial Day weekend. Thus, spring planting requires planning for the right plants for your particular zone, and a backup plan for those times when winter drops back in for a last hurrah.

Use Hardy Native Colorado Flowers to Bring Spring Color to Your Landscape

One of the best ways to ensure spring planting isn’t for naught is to use plants and flowers native to Colorado. These plants have adapted to our soil, climate, and water conditions, so they do the best job of keeping their roots grounded and their blooms on straight when snap freezes or unexpected storms come our way.

The following native Colorado flowers are all perennials, and a safe bet for earlier spring planting.

Blue Star (Amsonia jonesii). Blue Stars will start blooming in early spring, and will continue to bloom through the summer under the right conditions. You’ll be thrilled to learn that they’re drought tolerant. As an added bonus, Blue Star’s foliage turns yellow in autumn, providing additional months of interest.

Top Native Flowers of Colorado

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Pussytoes (Antennaria parvifolia and A. rosea). Here is a lovely option if you’re looking for attractive ground cover or something pretty to spring up between your pavers or rock gardens. Pussytoes have cream to pink blooms, and they start blooming as early as March. Pussytoes will continue to provide color through mid- to late-August. They like partial shade and well-draining soil.

Sticky Geranium (Geranium viscosissimum). If you are looking for a plant that yields maximum color for a significant chunk of time, the Sticky Geranium might get your vote. Blooms range from pale pink to deep purple in the early spring, and their leaves turn red in fall.

Source: Flickr

Source: Flickr

Spreading Vervain (Verbena bipinnatifida). This plant blooms the longest of all. Spreading Vervain will provide rose and purple flowers from early spring through late summer and even through the first frost. It also attracts butterflies and other pollinators, which adds another attraction to outdoor spaces.

Looking to design a Colorado landscape that blooms from spring into fall? Schedule a consultation with the Lifescape design team, so we can get started.