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Tips for Growing a Thriving Herb Garden

Herbs are satisfying plants to grow since many of them are colorful, fragrant and, of course, edible. Most herbs are also easy to manage and thrive in our Colorado climate. So, to grow a healthy herb garden this summer, make sure you follow these helpful gardening tips below.

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Source: Better Homes and Gardens

Choose the planting area wisely. Things to consider before growing an herb garden include sunlight, watering and soil needs. For example, if you’re growing culinary herbs, you might want to place the garden closer to the kitchen. You should also make sure you group plantings carefully. Tall-growing bushy herbs may cast shadows over short, sprawling herbs, so it’s important to learn about growth habits before planting different herbs next to each other. 

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Source: Better Homes and Gardens

Plant invasive herb varieties in containers. Mint is an easy-to-grow herb for your culinary or cocktail garden, but it’s also a good example of an invasive herb. Prevent it from taking over your garden by planting it separately in its own pot. If you want mint nested among your other herbs, you can place the pot within them. However, you’ll still need to keep an eye out for volunteer mint plants if any stems touch the garden soil.

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Source: Better Homes and Gardens

Apply mulch. Using mulch is one of the best ways to conserve moisture in the soil and prevent weed growth. It also helps protect plant roots of perennials when the weather grows cold. The amount of mulch you should apply depends partly on the plant you’re growing, but no soil should be visible through the mulch. Natural mulches should be replaced when they break down.

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Amend the soil and apply fertilizer. Some herbs will grow in rough conditions, but most enjoy rich, well-draining soil. If herbs are not looking as green or healthy as they should, try adding rich compost to the soil. If you don’t see improvements in a week or so, add a small amount of liquid fertilizer to give your herbs a boost.

Planting and maintaining the perfect herb garden can take a lot of time and effort, but we can help. Contact Lifescape Colorado today to learn more about our landscaping and gardening services.

Recap of the 5280 Home Party at Lifescape Colorado

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Summer is the season for entertaining, so Lifescape Colorado decided it was time to throw a party! What better way is there to kick off three of the best months Colorado has to offer? We paired up with 5280 The Denver Magazine and their editors, as well as some of Colorado’s finest architects, landscape architects, designers and sculptors for this special event. It was a gorgeous evening, replete with delicious food, perfect weather, a beautiful ambiance and superb company.

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5280 Home is a local magazine that serves as a complete guide to everything great about Denver and Colorado in general. Their gorgeous magazine spreads are comprised of stunning photos and well-written articles on subjects ranging from Rocky Mountain highlights and things to do in the area to recipes, home health remedies, as well as DIY design and build tips.

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As an incentive to advertisers, 5280 Home hosts a party once a quarter for companies and advertisers who contribute a full page, back cover ad spread. Lifescape Colorado was happy to take advantage of their offer, and you can view our full-page ad in their June issue. It’s a win-win situation for everyone involved and serves as one more example of how networking is beneficial to the collective.

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Our 5280 Home party was a great way for Colorado landscape architects and others involved in the design and build industry, as well as 5280 Home, to get together and celebrate our mutual interests with a bit of fun. Our party took place on June 12 and it wouldn’t have been such a grand success without the participation of some key players:

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We want to thank Olive & Finch, P17, Street Kitchen and Babette’s for providing scrumptious morsels throughout the evening. None of us could stay away! The Ace Eat and Serve Bar Bus and Penny prepared chilled refreshments to complement the food. Finally, The Perfect Petal graciously adorned our space with elaborate floral arrangements, yielding the perfect ambiance for this summer affair.

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Everyone had an excellent time at the party! Check out 5280 Home’s Facebook page to see pictures and learn more about the magazine. Are you ready to get your own backyard in summer party shape? Give Lifescape Colorado a call at 303.831.8310.

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Celebrate Spring with Colorful Container Gardens

Container gardens offer versatility and beautiful spring flair to Colorado gardens. Weather can be unpredictable, but containers allow you to bring plants indoors when temperatures drop or if a bad storm is looming. Check out these ideas for fun, practical and beautiful container gardens.

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Source: Better Homes and Gardens

Mix evergreens and flowers. The rich green color of evergreens offers a striking backdrop for colorful flowers, and you can quickly switch out old flowering plants when the blossoms fade. Use something small, like a dwarf hemlock along with lavender violas or some other small evergreens and flowers for a similar effect.

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Create textural interest. Introduce several textures within the same pot. Whether you’re planting only greenery or using flowering plants, a variety of textures keep container gardens extra interesting. For example, you can combine glossy-leaf plants with fluffy blooms or fuzzy-leaf plants. Combining softly cascading plants with sturdy, thick-stemmed plants is another way to create textural interest.

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Consider drought-tolerant container gardens. Drought-friendly container gardens can be just as beautiful as any other spring container garden, and it will help you conserve more water. You can choose from nearly any evergreen or flowering plant native to our Colorado climate. One idea is to use a native ornamental grass, such as Feather Reedgrass, as the centerpiece and plant annuals or perennials around the periphery. Using a few different plant heights, colors and textures makes gardens appear livelier and is also more delightful to the eye.

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Source: Better Homes and Gardens

Create a stunning arrangement using multiple hues. Choose your favorite color and then create a color scheme based on that for a gorgeous container that adds a burst of life to your landscape. For best results, choose from flowers that flourish in Colorado. If you love yellow, for example, you could plant Superbells Lemon Slice and surround it with Black-Eyed Susan and yellow yarrow.

Our experts at Lifescape Colorado love creating container gardens and can work with you to discover the best garden and landscape designs to fit your lifestyle. Please contact us to learn more about all the services we provide.

An Overview of Seeds for Spring

Are you planting a fair amount of seeds this spring? If so, these Colorado gardening tips can help you order just the right type and amount of seeds you need to yield a luscious and interesting landscape all year long.

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Organize the seeds you have. Before you go too crazy with your seed catalogs or online seed shopping, take a careful inventory of what you have. While some seeds can sprout indefinitely (like hundreds of years-old Anasazi beans from our Colorado cliff-dwelling natives), most seeds have an expiration date. Cull through your collection and throw out any seed packets that have expired dates. If you have bagged your own seeds, or collected seeds from friends, check online to see how long they last. Keep in mind that you have to wait a precious two or three weeks before you’ll even know whether old seeds are viable.

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Order now! Some seeds can be purchased year-round, others are so popular that they sell out pretty quickly. If you have your heart set on the exact species you laid out in your winter garden plans, order ASAP to make sure you get the seeds you want.

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Use heirloom seeds. Seeds have been hybridized, genetically modified and changed to grow and/or look better. As a result, many of them don’t pollinate (read: won’t attract butterflies and bees), and may even lack important phytonutrients. Planting heirloom seeds, which have been passed down for generations, preserves plant species that are going extinct. If you’re planting edibles, heirlooms are often tastier and healthier than their modified counterparts. Plus, you can harvest your own seeds for next year, or participate in local community seed exchanges.

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Plant perennials. Planting perennials that do well in our Rocky Mountain climate is an excellent way to see a return on your investment. Colorful perennials that do well in our area include Lupine, Columbine, Blue Flax and self-seeding Pinks — these do especially well when temperatures get chilly.

Once your landscape is blooming, contact Lifescape Colorado to learn more about how our landscape maintenance services can help keep your garden vibrant all year long.

Celebrate Worldwide Plant a Flower Day!

Itching to get your green thumb back in the garden again? Then get ready to celebrate Worldwide Plant a Flower Day on March 12, 2014. On this day, you can honor the transformation that occurs after planting a seed, through germination and sprouting, to enjoying your first full blooms. Plus, it offers a good excuse to get a head start on growing your Colorado container gardens.

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In our climate, seeds-to-seedlings do best when cultivated indoors this time of year. While the temperatures around March 12th may hint at Spring, we know the chances of another freeze or full-blown storm are high. Therefore, consider recycling old containers, such as yogurt or milk cartons, for your initial plantings. Wash them thoroughly, add drainage, use a high-quality chemical-free soil and plant the seeds of your choice.

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The writers at Everyday Gardeners recommend planing perennials that do well in our arid, high-elevation location. If you didn’t get your favorite bulbs into the ground last fall, you can cheat by using containers and still enjoy their colorful beauty this spring. Whether you choose to plant a single bulb in smaller pots, or a series of specifically placed bulbs in larger pots, container gardening will allow you to cultivate tulips, hyacinth, iris, daffodils and other cheerful blooms. You’ll have another chance to transplant them this fall.

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While your seeds are germinating, look around for other materials that can be recycled or re-purposed into permanent containers when your seedlings are ready to find a new home. By the time most of your seeds are ready to be transplanted, the weather will be much more stable. If you’re concerned at all about their well-being, use smaller containers that can be easily lifted, or put larger containers on flats with wheels before you plant them. That way, you can move your plants under cover, into the garage, or into the house to keep them out of the storm.

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Don’t forget that Lifescape Colorado offers year-round maintenance and landscape services, and that includes your Colorado container gardens! Contact us to learn more.