If you are ready for some fresh new color in your garden, it is still too early for fall color and mums. So what can you plant? Well August is the perfect month for perennials. Here are some great perennials that can be planted in August.
Sonoran Sunset. Bright violet flower spikes that grows to 15-18″ tall and 12-15″ wide.
Coronado. An orange selection, the Coronado Red is covered in small red blossoms, both grow to about 2-3′ tall and 2′ wide.
Sunset hyssop. This perennial has grey leaves and pink flowers with purple bract growing to 20-30″ tall and 18-24″ wide.
Bridge’s penstemon. This western native has scarlet-orange flowers and in mid-summer is great for attracting hummingbirds.
Orange Carpet Hummingbird trumpet. Also a hummingbird magnet, this orange perennial spreading low to the ground, 5-8″ tall by 1-2″ wide.
Little Trudy catmint. Blooms throughout the summer, a small version of the traditional blue-flowering catmint, this perennial does not grown taller than a foot.
What are you looking forward to planting in your Denver area garden this month?
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Did you know that if a flower can survive in Colorado, it can survive anywhere in the rest of the country? Well that’s due to our extreme to normal weather conditions. It’s actually at The Annual Flower Trail Garden at Colorado State University taking place now through August 14th, that many master gardeners, industry pros, horticulturists and everyday citizens who simply love to garden go to vote on their favorite annuals that can stand our tumultuous conditions.
The purpose of trial program is to evaluate the performance of different annual plant cultivars under our unique Rocky Mountain environmental conditions. – colostate.edu Every year, the trails consist of more than 1,000 different cultivars of annual bedding plants. These variety of annuals are grouped by genus, arranged by color and grown in rows, side-by-side, so as to facilitate the comparison of similar varieties. – colostate.edu
If you are interested in seeing the varieties of annuals as well as voting for your favorite annuals check here for area garden centers where you can vote.
What annuals are you looking forward to planting in your Denver area garden?
From mid to late June there are a few landscaping tips that you can add to the calendar that will help you get the most out of your yard this season. Take a look at these great tips featured on www.colostate.edu.
In Mid June
- To conserve moisture, mulch tomatoes after the soil is thoroughly warm this also helps to prevent blossom end rot.
- Use either organic material or permeable fabric to mulch the whole vegetable garden. This maintains even soil moisture and inhibits weed growth.
- Go ahead and continue planting balled-and-burlap trees and shrubs until the end of the month.
- Make sure you water your raspberries, they need up to three inches of water each week.
- Plant bush beans bi-weekly until August 1 for a continuous harvest.
- Pick your gooseberries while they are full-sized and green.
What gardening questions do you have about help your Denver area garden grow to its full potential? Feel free to comment with questions or comment. The landscape professionals at Lifescape would love to help and hear from you!
Hail damage in the garden
Last month there was some strong winds and pounding hail and rain that could have taken a toll on your garden. Some plants can be easily replaced, while it may be too late to replant some veggies from seed. But there is good news. Although the hail and driving winds brought in debris, once that is all cleaned up, you probably noticed that your plants weren’t as damaged as you thought they might be. Especially the vegetables because unless they have been stripped of their leaves, they have a fighting chance of bouncing back.
Here are some tips:
- While the garden is still muddy, stay out of it. Walking on wet soil can negatively impact your plants.
- Go plant by plant when assessing your garden’s damage.
- Make sure you prune away badly shredded leaves and broken stems and branches.
- Keep leaves that just have holes in them. The plant needs them to photosynthesize to rebuild its health.
- Make sure to examine the fruit.
If your garden is badly damaged due to harsh weather or you simply want a better designed garden, contact Lifescape Associates in Denver. We’ll be happy to get your garden looking beautiful and plentiful once again.
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Ever heard of vertical gardening? If not, it is a new landscaping trend that has not been seen too often in Colorado yet. This is due to the fact that Colorado does not have the year-round climate to support expanses of green walls like you see in more temperate areas. However, you can still apply the principle of growing up when you can’t grow out.
Gardens that are grown on a wall can grow a bouquet of flowers, a crop of farm-fresh produce or a collection of tasty herbs for cooking at home. Growing vertical is a wonderful alternative for those with small outdoor spaces. If you have a small loft patio and still want to try your hand at a green thumb, with vertical gardening there is room to grow a variety of herbs, veggies and flowers because the growing is done up the side of a wall. Now your garden also becomes an artful backdrop to outdoor living just like the landscape that surrounds a suburban patio.
Need some professional help with your vertical garden? Contact Lifescape Associates in Denver.